Madame Tay

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Skirt: Madame Tay

Shoes: Chie Mihara

So, I think I mentioned that I went to the A+ Market a month or so ago, and despite supposedly just going along for a looksee I managed to walk away with a couple of awesome pieces, including this fabulous wax-print pencil skirt.

Madame Tay is a hobby clothing project from four women in Vietnam, Senegal, Canada, and right here in Melbourne Australia. They produce handmade, artisan clothing from small business tailors and craftspeople in Vietnam and Senegal. They’re keen to expand their range into plus-sizes, and their stall at A+ was a first foray in what I hope will become an integral part of their business.

I made a bee-line for their stand as soon as I spotted it (Prints! Colours!) and they had a wonderful variety of skirts, tops and dresses on offer in a variety of sizes. And because they do their own tailoring each of the pieces is highly adjustable. The side seams on my skirt have a good two inches of spare fabric, meaning that it could be very easily taken out for wider hips or a bigger bottom.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe fabric’s quite muted for a wax print, with deep plums, mustards and a jewel-like blue, but the thing that made this piece the one (among many!) that I decided I HAD to have was the glittery gold elements into the geometric print.

Frocks and Frou FrouThat, and the fact that when I put it on I realised that the team at Madame Tay had even included my favourite thing: a feature back! Frocks and Frou FrouI wore it with the wool blend batwing top that I bought at The Cause Melbourne, and this dainty little necklace from Totally Jewel. The colour of the stone picks up the colours in the skirt, and the geometric casing perfectly fits with the triangular  print on the skirt.

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Khooky

Frocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou Frou  Dress: Lindy Bop (via Kitty Rose Couture)

Cardigan: Cocolatte

Shoes: Seychelles

I’ve heard a lot about Lindy Bop dresses around the traps, but I’ve never taken the plunge and ordered one. I don’t know why; the vintage styling, bold prints and bright colours have my name written all over them… They’re remarkably well-priced, the brand goes up to a UK size 26, and it turns out that the size 18 fits like it was made for me. Which is either good news or bad news, depending on how you look at it!

I spotted this one through the open door of Kitty Rose Couture as I was driving up Sydney Road and pulled over for a quick look. Just a look, you know. Then it was in my size so of course I HAD to try it on. And when I found out it was only $89… well, as you see.

Frocks & Frou FrouIt’s actually my, um, third blue and white polkadot dress. But it has smaller dots than my vintage polkadot dress, and it doesn’t have the piping and buttons of my polkadot shirt dress so I decided it was different enough. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

It’s a gorgeous dress made of a really heavy drill cotton, and fully lined. No pockets, but it does come with the removable belt. The skirt has a great fullness to it, even without a petticoat and I love, love that the arm holes aren’t great huge gaping things that flash my bra all over the place.

Frocks & Frou Frou Meanwhile, back when I had my fringe I used to get told that I looked a little like a plus-sized version of Rachel Khoo. It probably had more to do with my obsession with cooking and our shared Eurasian heritage than anything else, but I have to admit I was tickled to find a picture of her wearing this exact dress during a photoshoot for her – wait for it – visit to Melbourne.

Rachel Khoo n LilliSnap!