I’m Coming Out….

….. and I want the world to know.

When I wrote my last blog entry way back in December 2019, no one would ever have thought that within a few short months the whole world would be in lockdown, a new virus would kill over 474,000 people before the end of June, anti racism protests would sweep the globe, Kobe Bryant would die in an accident, President Trump would escape impeachment, bush fires would sweep through Australia and Brexit would be done. Yet, here we are. How are you coping? I am trying to stay positive, avoid TV news until I am mentally ready each day, and sewing my quarantined little heart out. I am also, like many people, reassessing my life. I am going to do more of what makes me happy, stop overthinking, live my life and stop beating myself up about things I can’t change. I am so thankful to be alive as there are many fit and healthy people who on January 1st as the ball dropped, fireworks lit up the skies and Auld Lang Syne ripped through the BBC studios courtesy of Jools Holland, thought they would make it to summer and didn’t. If I stop to think about it all it will overwhelm me so I am just going to “do”. This is day one of my resurgence.

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Head wrap, face mask, skirt- Paree People

Tee- Fidem & Co

Shoes- Primark (last summer)

Belt- Ancient Evans

Specs- Cutler & Gross


Let Me Upstage Ya

I don’t think that there is much by way of clothing that I shy away from anymore. My fondness of jumpsuits has reached legendary status, horizontal stripes have never fazed me (although they seem to alarm anyone looking at my stripe clad body), and bright colours and large prints are my happy place. Sequins however, have never featured on my clothing as anything more than a modest motif. Not because I have avoided them, but because I rarely go anywhere so glam that a full on sequin look wouldn’t be classed as overkill. Well having been inspired by many a fatshion blogger over the years who dares to go OTT in Tesco, baroque at the bus stop and slay in Sainsbury’s, I plan to follow suit and will be giving it loads in the living room on Christmas day. I know my family will wonder why I’m so extra but in a house with no Christmas tree or festive decorations of any sort, I’m planning to have all eyes on me and provide the sparkle that’s missing from the walls. My only concern is how close the pailettes can get to the oven before they buckle and warp, much like my inflated sense of importance.

Christmas Party New Year Plus Size Fashion Beloved Endeavour Red Sequin Dress

Christmas Party New YearPlus Size Fashion Beloved Endeavour Red Sequin Dress

Christmas Party Plus Size Fashion Beloved Endeavour Red Sequin Dress

Dress- Beloved Endeavour

Shoes- Simply Be


Don’t Call it a Comeback

I’ve been here for years. Eleven years in fact. Its been almost a full 365 since my last post and I have missed this old place. We have been interacting via Insta, but I have neglected my first home and its pining for attention so I’m dusting off the cobwebs with a splash of vintage style.

Fur has never been my thing. Fake or real, I was never really into it but this vintage coat made me stop, collaborate and listen. I bought it in March when it was quite mild and not cold enough to wear it, but now the temperature has fallen its having its moment. Teamed with my new Simply Be top, vintage bag and old faithful DM boots, I looked a lot dressier than I had planned and I liked it, esp the fact that it made me feel like King Jaffe Joffer from Coming to America. Now all I need is a gazillion pounds and my own kingdom.

I don’t know what I found quite so funny but obviously SOMETHING was amusing me.

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Dress- Simply Be

Coat- Beloved Endeavour

Bag- Dionne Dean

Leggings- New Look Curve

Boots- Dr Martens

A massive shout out to Feed My Creative who hosted a fantastic launch event for their new project, RE: PROJECT which helps young offenders by teaching them new skills, and also supports victims of domestic violence.

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Doing great work in the community- love it!

 


In the Night Garden

Its beginning to look a lot like……

I am usually quite an un-Christmassy person but I have noticed a change in me since last year and I don’t know what has brought it on. I bought a christmas ornament last December which sounds really minute but considering I usually don’t celebrate outside of the traditional family dinner on the 25th, and ignore anything Crimble related- my ¬£1 secondhand decoration is big news.

So why was CHRRRIIIIIIISSSSSSTMMAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSS the first thing I screamed when I saw this fabric?

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The deep navy tones, the gold overlay is just asking for a December party outing. So I made a party outfit.

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African wax fabric wax print plus size Vlisco Paree People fatshion fatshionista handmade

African wax fabric wax print plus size Vlisco Paree People fatshion fatshionista handmade

The colour is DIVINE. It looks solid navy from a distance but in the second photo you can see the purply red tones. I plan to wear it on Christmas day and quite probably for NYE too if I go anywhere. I’m killing two birds with one African wax printed stone.

So where is the ensemble from? I made it ūüôā

Those of you who follow me on Insta (@fatgirlclothes) will know that I am in love with African wax prints. Not a new discovery but I have a new appreciation for them and I simply cannot get enough. Ankara is the way forward- so much so that I have opened a new Etsy shop called “Paree” selling handmade ankara clothing for women and girls. Paree is a Mandinka word meaning “Well Dressed” so I thought it was quite apt. The two piece I’m wearing is available there and can be made in any size- plus or straight. Got a body? It can be made to fit you. Please check out the shop. I’m sewing oodles of great garms from this endless array of fabric I keep discovering. Ankara is a fabric lovers dream and I don’t believe I will ever wake up.

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Paree People on Instagram

Paree People On Facebook


Kente Vibing

Thinking…….. you know, I don’t think I have ever owned a yellow dress before? I have a yellow shirt, yellow tees, yellow and purple floral trousers but I have never owned a yellow frock. This past scorcher of a summer I was looking for one but with no success, nothing gripped me. Now that winter is here I have found the perfect one and even though I will soon have to wear it with tights I will still be twirling on regardless because this one is tops. I may be a little biased because I made it but you can’t fail to be taken in by that kente print.

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During this brief 8 seconds of sunshine I whipped off my jacket and struck a pose.

The dress is handmade by me under a new label called “Paree” which is a Mandinka word meaning “well dressed”. The label is another label of love for me as it focuses on the beautifully vibrant ankara wax prints worn throughout Africa. Prints that I just cannot get enough of. This print isn’t wax/ ankara, its based on Ghanaian kente cloth which is a brightly woven cloth often filled with meaningful symbols.

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It has pockets! WHOOP WHOOP!

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It has a vintage influenced full circle shape which almost had me doing a Marilyn Monroe in the street.

I LOVE this dress and because its made from a cotton/ polyester fabric it needs minimal ironing. Double win! They are available to order through Beloved Endeavour on Etsy though I am also working on a second Etsy store called Paree which will be exclusively African prints. What do you think? Likey or no likey? Are there any other variations you would like to see? Different sleeve lengths, necklines etc?


Striped Again

*Blowing the dust off the blog*

I’ve missed you guys. How have you been?

I’m back after an invigorating mini shopping spree in Marks & Spencer. I was shattered after work last week but was suddenly revitalised after seeing that the Marks and Spencer sale had started. M&S like many retailers is struggling on the high street and in addition to that they get a fair amount of stick about their ranges not being that great. I disagree. I actually like old Sparkys especially the Autograph range. Many of my summer tshirts over the past few years have come from there too. The only range I really don’t have much love for is Per Una though I can see the appeal for other people. Marks and Spencer will always have a special place in my heart. So will stripes. Stripes might have a slightly loftier position within my soul as I have rarely met a stripe I didn’t like. Breton stripes, candy stripes, chevron stripes- they all turn my head, even more so than polkadots but not as much as jumpsuits. Jumpsuits are my first fashion love but don’t even get me started again.

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Please ignore the mess, this is my sewing room!

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Dress and Cardi: Marks & Spencer

Necklace: Cos (old)

Bag: H by Henry Holland at Debenhams (old)

Shoes: Primark (old)

 

 


December Wedding

How are you good readers doing? I know its been a while since I last posted but I am thankfully still alive. I hope you are having a lovely festive season and catching up on rest and recuperation as well as with family and friends.

I have definitely been doing ALL of that and one of the ways I’ve caught up with family was by attending my cousin’s wedding last week. It was a BEAUTIFUL event in gorgeous surroundings and it was wonderful to reunite with family members I haven’t seen for years.

What did I wear? Its winter and I was SO tempted to just bundle up in something with a high neck and long sleeves but I figured nah, I don’t buy winter coats for no reason so I opted for girly dress¬†with an autumnal theme………

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Ain’t it gorgeous? Now I’m not one for off the shoulder dresses as I have yet to find a sturdy enough strapless bra to keep the girls aloft, but I loved this frock so much I thought I would buy it anyhow. I adjusted it slightly by adding rouleau loops and beads to the back so that I could have the off the shoulder bits on the shoulder. I’m wearing the size 24.

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This worked well though it did make the middle of the back collapse a bit so I needed to make a few minor adjustments.

Obligatory mirror selfie

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I found this gorgeous 1950s vintage fascinator on Etsy at His n Her Vintage that I LOVED as soon as I saw it and it was a perfect match for the dress.

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I bought a new lippie a few weeks previously and it was another precise pairing.

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Lipstick- Bare Minerals, Hustler

 

The shoes I have had for about 4 years but never worn. I bought them (from Clarks) because I loved the colour but had zippo to wear them with so they stayed pristine in their box until this day. Jewellery- Earrings by Shining Seren

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I had a great day and the only downside is that I returned home minus one earring. Handmade. Silver. I have had them for years. I could cry.

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Last man standing.


Fashion Mash Up

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For a truly horrible moment I thought this “drouser” was the entire thing from top to bottom, the mutant offspring of a dress and trouser, very distant cousin of the jumpsuit but next of kin to the short sleeved jumper with the shirt stitched to the inside because we are too daft to¬†layer clothing without supervision. Thankfully, its not. My head was aching trying to figure out how you would even get into it. I thought¬†it must have buttons at the shoulder like a massive babygro- LAWD NO.

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Phew, thank goodness for that. It’s still a hybrid too far but its not as much of a wreckage as I initially thought. Why they couldn’t just call it a tunic is anyone’s guess. If you want to support this linguistic abhorrancy you can get yours from¬†Junarose at Simply Be. Its a lovely item but I have standards.


We’re on Tour! (The Remix)

The Sandwell Valley Event that was detailed on the last post (now deleted) has been cancelled by the organisers. However, the Endeavour-mobile will be touching down in Bewdley on the same dates- 27th and 28th August. The other pop ups are unaffected (fingers crossed). Please see below:

Pop Up Dates

 


Trousers in Church- and I Wasn’t Struck Down

I wasn’t sent home, I wasn’t asked to sit at the back and no-one¬†tutted¬†when I walked in. I walked into church wearing a form of trousers and I didn’t burst into flames. I’m alive and had a¬†lovely afternoon in a beautiful and thought provoking service.¬†¬†I don’t really have any dressy trousers so I’ve never tried to defy the usual church going convention in this¬†manner (other ways yes, but not¬†like this *smiles*) but I can see this happening again.

Sometimes something great is worth waiting for. I tried this¬†number on around February/ March and immediately fell for it. Have you ever seen something so perfect that you picked it up and marched straight to the fitting room with nary a glance to the left or the right? On that particular day I tried on two jumpsuits but didn’t buy either one as I had zero budget at the time. Fast forward to a couple of weeks back, the sales are on and the time is nigh. I didn’t even try it on. I¬†sashayed to the till with the same gusto that I used to stride into the Simple Be fitting room several months back, card in hand, and skipped home with my new suit. For someone who has championed all in one dressing since 2008, this is only the second one I have ever bought. Why? Because despite being¬†a blogger¬†for almost ten years and advising people to wear whatever they like with their heads held high, I still doubt my own body in things sometimes. Jumpsuits are a pretty bold statement and I wasn’t ready to make so much noise. In 2017 I have clearly found my voice as I have gone from a plain black one in 2008, to a brightly coloured patterned affair with spaghetti straps. I might be in the throes of a mid life crisis.

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plus size jumpsuit, fatshion, fatshionista, floralJumpsuit- £37.00, Bolero- £18, Shoes (no longer available)- All Simply Be

I looked it up on the Simply Be site when I got home and I thought HEY LADY, you actually look better in that piece than the model on the website, which is a thought I don’t think I’ve ever had before. What do you think?

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