The journey of ‘the dress’

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My wedding dress has been burnt into my brain since the day Jacob proposed.
It will be elegant and beautiful and classic. It will take old and new inspirations. I will be a princes and crisp in white and floating down the aisle. But all of these beautiful dreams come at a price, and something that I simply couldn’t afford. I took a dress fitting at a beautiful store here in Sydney that catered to both standard and plus size women and was shocked when I was quoted over $6,000 for a simple lace and mesh dress. While I felt beautiful in such a creation, it pushed any dreams of a fancy reception out of the window. $6,000 was almost half of our wedding budget and I was the only one that would have enjoyed such a privilege of wearing the item.

I’m a perfectionist and basically, a nutcase, so my dress needs to be perfect. I want it to reflect me as a person and my personality.I want it to be beautiful and classic but I also want to have fun with my dress. So when Kate from Melbourne based Bombshell Vintage contacted me, it was a breath of fresh air. Kate’s love of vintage has extended to her beautiful collection of bespoke reproduction and vintage inspired fashion and her honesty and willingness to work with me to create my own design was liberating. It was with her email that I knew I wouldn’t have to fight my way from a tacky sales assistant. I would be able to have my dream dress and share it with everyone…literally.

This is the first of a series of blog posts about the design process of my dream dress. I wanted to share this experience with my readers because it is a scary but thrilling journey for me. I want to share my sketches and little stories along the way. And, when this process is finished, you’ll get to see the final dress before I don it for my special day. Because what is super amazing about this process is that at the end of the process curvy brides-to-be will be able to purchase my design for themselves!

I first met Kate when she invited me down to Melbourne to the first birthday of her vintage store Bombshell Vintage. Hosted at the LuWow, it was an event that opened my eyes to vintage fashion. At the time, I was a modern fashion lover and it was a real glimpse for me to see beautiful vintage fashion that suited my shape. Needless to say, her show and the designers that showed at the celebration curves and vintage sparked a fire in me and I was hooked. Bombshell Vintage was recently on the runway down in Melbourne at the Curvy Couture runway show with a collection of beautiful, timeless dresses in brilliant shades of colour and sparkle.

What I wasn’t aware of was the timeless, elegant wedding dresses that Bombshell Vintage offered. Based off traditional patterns and beautifully made, I was so excited to be in the hands of Kate and her team. We started out discussions with me sending across a sketch of what I thought I wanted. Kate was honest and shared her concerns about my design. Together we are still in the process of designing but I am so excited to share this journey with you all.

You can find our more about Bombshell Vintage by visiting their website http://www.bombshellvintage.com.au/and following them on FaceBook!

Red & Gold: Evelyn Dress in Yellow and Black Vintage Floral Print

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I have fallen in love with this dress. Is it even possible to feel so attached to a piece of cloth?
This is my second Evelyn and the cut is different to my first. The bust fits smooth, the print is so crisp and fresh.
But what makes this dress so special was that it was the frock I wore on my Graduation (which I posted about recently here).
I’ve been playing around with different colours and I love the pop of red with the glorious g0ld print of the dress.

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Don the Cap & Gown: Vintage-inspired Graduation

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The blog has been quiet, but this was not my intention: My life this year has been a whirlwind I am not lying when I say it has been & still is a struggle.
I’m the type of person who need set things, I need to know what I am doing and where my life is heading and sometimes I can’t do that. It’s hard but I like that I can tick things off.

This week I graduated after 4 years of hard work. It was an effort, let me tell you. But putting on that cap, and pulling on that gown and hood made me realise that the hard work and sacrifices I have made are worth it.
My graduation was a celebration of hard work and sheer perserverance and I can only thank those around me who have supported me since day one for my success.

To my loving family, my beautiful grandmother Elaine and both of my parents Sue and Kel. To my loving husband-t0-be, Jacob. Without their assistance, I would not have graduated. I am so lucky to have had them by my side on this journey.

I am officially a Visual Arts teacher, with the paper to prove it! Let’s see where my next journey will take me!

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Never, ever.

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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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Easy Winter Knits: Autograph

I love simple, layering and easy warmth that comes with adding knits to your wardrobe.
With the cooler weather on our door steps here in Australia, I am looking forward to pulling out my cardigans and layering over my existing wardrobe. Loosing weight also means I am on the hunt for jumpers that actually fit me now and so I am scouring the web to find cute, fun pieces. I plan to share my finds with you!
This is the first of a few posts featuring easy to wear looks for winter, from Australian plus size retailers. The first is Autograph, which feature in many shopping malls around Australia and also have a great online website.

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From left to right: 3/4 Fluffy Sequin Cardigan $69.99, Sherling Front Knited Cardigan $79.99 & Long Super Soft Cardigan $59.99

I love that they have a great range of knits that I am loving. I’m a huge fan of warm textures, and some of the mohair and angora sweaters are super soft and warm on your skin! This season I am also impressed with their great selection of wide fitting boots that cater to a bigger calf size.

So here are two looks that I simply love and would totally wear myself. I am loving the look on the left because I am obsessed with animal print right now. The sweater on the right is super luxe and there are so many ways to wear it!
Before you say “But they don’t sell vintage” hold your tongue: I can always work a knit and a pair of jeans with a pop of vintage. Think about adding red lips, scarves and your accessories will change the entire look!

 

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Left Look:
Fluffy Animal Print Jumper – $59.99
Skinny Full Length Jean – $79.99
Knitted Mesh Knit Scarf – $29.99
Short Suedette Wedge Boot – $89.99
Red Glam Ring – $19.99

Right Look:
Embellished Angora Sweater – $79.99
Indigo Jean – $69.99
Long Mohair Waist Coat – $69.99
Short Zip Heel Boot – $89.99
Drop Earrings – $14.99

How do you keep warm in winter? Share your tips in the comments!
Check out Autograph for lots of great winter essentials, including their knits and jeans this winter!