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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Bye Baby Bunting frocksandfroufrou.comDress: City Chic (Similar Here)

Cardigan: Paper Scissors (Similar Here)

Belt: Closet Confessions Boutique

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Oh my God, look how white my legs are! Hi bare-legs weather – I’ve missed you!

Just a simple bunting-print dress – and oldie, but a goodie from City Chic – and a belted cardigan because it might be bare-legs weather,¬† but it’s not quite bare-shoulders weather… yet.

The first couple of weeks in my new job have been good. It’s been nice to have the flexibility of a repping job again; every day different from the last. The product’s very new to me (from books, to baby supplies) but I’m developing a radar for prams and a snobbish attitude about the best brands. (Mine, naturally)

I miss my books, I do. I miss the challenge of selling four hundred or more new products every release, and having to learn about new designers, artists, chefs and so on every month. I miss my booksellers as well – Some of them I’ve been seeing once a month for over a decade, and that’s a long relationship in anyone’s book (pun intended).

But life is coming back into something resembling a normal routine, and that’s a nice feeling. I’m reading lots, sewing a bit, baking less (no workplace, so no-one but Cameron and myself to eat the goodies I make).

And now that I’m not being boss-lady any more I’ve rediscovered my love of colour, full skirts and pretty dresses.

Just in time for Spring.