If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you ought to start!) you will know that I have spent the latter part of this past week frantically making a dress for my niece’s wedding. Now even though they handed out wedding invites months ago I still found myself starting the dress on Wednesday evening and finishing it on Friday night. I have to say I wasn’t majorly worried about not finishing it, more annoyed at myself for not doing it sooner. Anyhow, I finished it, bought my accessories and I have to say I am pretty darned please with the results.
The fabric is a medium weight brocade that I love so much it’s definitely fabric purchase of the year. You can’t really tell from the photos but there is a dropped waist and a full circle skirt with a rounded hankerchief hem. There is a V neckline at the back too.
I have some extra fabric left so I’ll be adding this dress to Etsy soon.
Necklace and earrings- H&M
I must add that the shoes were super comfy and although I had flats with me in case my feet hurt in the evening, I didn’t have to take them off at all despite lots of dancing.
I can’t really talk about the wedding outfit without mentioning the bride and groom who both looked stunning. Despite the horrid weather this week and snow the same morning, the sun came out and the whole day was just beautiful. It really couldn’t have gone any better than it did.
And finally, you’ve got to photograph the pretty looking dessert haven’t you!
I officially retract what I said in my last post about not liking the bubble hem. I’ve tried it and I’m sold. And it has pockets.
So the fashion line of the year has launched and it really has got people talking.
“I love it!”
“Why are the prices so high?””
“That jumpsuit looks like a trash bag”
“Love the prints”
“HOW MUCH for leggings?”
Talk about a plus size collection being divisive. As for me- I mostly love it. I love that Beth has delved into design waters without the cushioning of a big company like Evans, I love that she is keeping production in NYC, and I love that print above that has been described by Jezebel as,
…looks like a control panel from a spaceship in some 1980s sci-fi movie concept artwork…
Beam me up Scottie.
As well as the control panel print I especially like this…
I’m a sucker for dresses with pockets and I love the boldness of an all white dress. I’m not keen on the bubble hems or the translucent jumpsuit but I’m sure the are those that love them. The main complaint from people seems to be about the prices but Beth responds perfectly on her Facebook page,
….The clothes were sewn in NYC in very small quantities, using quality fabrics in custom digital prints. The jumpsuits are a massive amount of fabric, 7 yards of 100% silk. I’ve learned a lot through this process about how much it costs to make high quality, sweatshop free clothing, which I think plus size girls deserve like everyone else. We’ve kept the prices as low as possible, and hope you’ll stick with us as we start to be able to produce in larger numbers to keep costs even lower. …
Quality fabric, local production and small quantities don’t come with a high street price tag. Throw custom digital prints into the mix and you will definitely have to dig a little deeper than normal but you know whats good? We have the option for high quality fabrics. When did you last see a silk anything at all bigger than a size 18? Rarely. Standard sizes have countless high end options but us? Nah. It’s generally polyester to infinity and beyond.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that Beth is back on the fashion scene, doing things her own way and no doubt learning during the process. I’m already looking forward to her next collection and will be cheering her on from my own little studio, fabric shears aloft shouting, LET’S DO THIS.
There are a plethora of stylish bloggers online that wear vintage clothing but my top ranking vintage lover is Wendy D.J from Just Jewels 4U. One of the reasons that I like checking out her posts is that like me- she loves 80’s fashion. Wendy has an extensive wardrobe of 80’s dresses so I sent her another one to add to her collection and here she is looking superb. This was one of my star dresses from my stock and I’m so glad to see that its gone to a good home. Wendy- you look great!
The Beloved Endeavour Etsy shop now has a clearance section- be sure to head over there to snap up some bargain items before they are gone forever!
It’s been a busy few weeks at FGLNCT HQ with sorting new stock, making samples for new items, conducting a model search and organising a photoshoot. Not to mention managing orders and trekking to and from the post office regularly. I’m pooped! Many thanks to those of you who responded to the model request and hopefully I have managed to respond to everyone who enquired, whether you were successful or not. If I’ve missed anyone out its not been deliberate and I apologise. I tried to contact everyone who took the time to contact me but I had an overwhelming response so THANK YOU.
The first shoot was last weekend and featured the gorgeous Trisha from Upon My Curves who did a fantastic job posing and smiling and was such a pleasure to work with. Zap Photography were behind the lens and I’m majorly pleased with the results. My garden fence has served me well but you can’t beat having clothes on a real person- what a difference a real body and a fantastic camera can make.
Go along to the new improved site and please let me know what you think!