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.
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.
Doing great work in the community- love it!
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………
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.
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
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.
I bought a new lippie a few weeks previously and it was another precise pairing.
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
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.
Unfortunately today’s pop- up event in Victoria has been cancelled by the organisers but tomorrow’s event at the same location will still take place. Here are some other dates for your diary…..
I ordered several in sizes 18-22 and had to send them all back to the supplier. Yup, every last one. Reason- extremely poor fit and they were badly made. I was SO ANNOYED. I saw these dresses at Moda in February and I was ecstatic to find bright, unique plus size dresses that I ordered two styles on the spot. The company I bought them from (who shall remain nameless) has been in business for many years and have recently started this new line of retro inspired dresses. I thought- hooray! I’ve not seen them anywhere else and they will look fab on the body. The range of fabrics was splendid too. I eagerly awaited their arrival like a child waiting for Christmas morning and I was sorely disappointed. The dress below is apparently a size 22 and it just about fits my size 18 mannequin. Not only that, look at the gaping bust. I tried it on a friend and a good 3 inches of her bra was left exposed at the sides.
Here is the Darlene Dress from belovedendeaour.com. This is how a good fitting armhole is supposed to look. It’s a size 18 dress on the same size 18 mannequin. If you visit the website you can see how well it fits my model. If you need further proof please see my previous post where the same dress is modelled by Hanna.
Look at this dress below. Do you see any proper bust shaping? Does this dress look like it could contain size 22 breasts? It’s as flat as a pancake. I’m not even going to mention the stripe imbalance.
Other quality control crimes…
I have waited until I’ve received my refund before writing this post in case the company in question try any funny business. It’s another example of people trying to cash in on the fat pound without actually trying to make clothes that fit. How many times do you hear that you cannot just size up from a size 10 to a 22 and expect everything to work. If you are going to develop a plus size line you MUST cut the initial pattern to fit a plus body otherwise it JUST WON’T WORK. It’s sad because you all responded so well to the pictues when I posted them and I was confident that I had found a great new supplier that I could keep going back to. They were even willing to develop sizes 24 and 26 for me but if you can’t even get a size 18 right how are you going to perfect a 26? All this during the week that this article appeared on Refinery 29 where a blogger compares her experience of shopping for a plus size bikini in s straight size store and shopping for one from Swimsuits For All that are cut for a curvy figure. Fit is too important for retailers/ manufacturers to get it so consistently wrong. If you really are so unconcerned with creating clothes that fit your customers then just don’t bother having the line. If your primary goal is to make clothes as quickly as possible without any consideration for quality of manufacture then shut up shop. We can do without your insults and will take our money elsewhere.
I’m still full of holiday cheer so I’m running another promotion for free worldwide shipping. Don’t say I’m not good to you!
I’ve been busy beavering away behind the scenes to bring you more great clothing, both vintage and brand new. Things are coming together nicely. Here’s a sneaky peek…
I’m so excited I could crush a grape!
I finally got round to wearing my new Eloquii shirt and my day at The Emporium Brierley Hill couldn’t have been a better place to wear it to. Its vintage vibe meant I slotted in neatly into my vintage and antique surroundings and even felt almost theatrical. I’ve wanted a blouse in this style for years so finding this is the highlight of my fashion year. I paired it with my handmade Beloved Endeavour skirt and I can see this is a combination I’ll be wearing often over the coming winter. What are my Dr Martens clad feet doing? I don’t know. My body changed position and my feet just said “nah”. They have their own agenda.
Skirt: Beloved Endeavour
Shoes: These are no longer available but the Dr Martens site is here
Please let me know your thoughts on the current state of plus size fashion by leaving your thoughts here. I’m gathering ideas for my next project…..