Dress-less

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Top: Forcast

Skirt: DIY

Shoes: Mel (similar here)

Belt: I Will Fly

You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a dress, but it’s actually a skirt and top combined. The two blacks are just slightly different (different fabrics: The top is a stretchy jersey, the skirt a suiting fabric) so to soften the difference between the two I’ve added a feature belt.

This is a great way of getting around the issue of two items that almost but don’t quite work together, and I use it regularly. Not just to match blacks, but to marry two pieces – like two different colours, or two different patterns – together.

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The belt’s an oldie but a goodie. It’s an elastic belt with two fabric hearts that snap together, and I spotted it on Etsy a few years ago. I contacted the buyer about getting one custom-made to my measurements (don’t you LOVE Etsy? Clothes made to fit YOU, not YOU trying to fit clothes)

I bought the top at the end of last year, and its been one of my favourite recent purchases. I hadn’t heard of the brand Forcast before, as their Victorian stores are all in malls I’m not familiar with. I stumbled across them on a work trip, and I’m glad I did because this top is just lovely.

It has a wide flattering boatneck that adds length to my short torso, but miraculously doesn’t make me look ridiculously top-heavy. There’s a built-in shelf bra which is obviously useless for me in regards to bust support but does mean the top doesn’t ride up, and it also provides a double layer of coverage so the fabric doesn’t become sheer.

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The half-length sleeves are a new trend that I’m really starting to appreciate: very elegant and retro, with a vaguely balletic style, but the real killer feature for me is the deep scooped back:

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Lovely.

Independent Designers 4 EVA

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Dress: Kayemkay

Shoes: Mel

Necklace: DIY

I’ve been sitting on this frock since early December, and shamefully am only just getting around to reviewing it now!

I’m a big fan of Kasey from Kayemkay - she made the pretty heart-back dress that I wore as my “going-away” dress a few years ago.

Since then her range of custom-made clothing has expanded into some really lovely pieces: there’s peplum tops and strapless dresses, a clever blouse with a cut-out peter pan collar, and this trans-seasonal 3/4 sleeve dress.

It’s wonderfully comfortable piece that’s made from a light and airy crepe de chine fabric. I wore it teamed with a pair of tights and a cardigan in New York over winter, but it’s a thin enough fabric that it works for Melbourne’s warm days that edge into cool evenings (and cool mornings that grow to be warmer days.)

The vintage-styled dusky blue-grey print teams well with the coral necklace, though I’m aware these are entirely the wrong shoes for this outfit (my collection is sadly reduced after moving house so many times last year). The dress looks really sweet teamed with yellow and mustard accessories as well.

The waist ties in the back, and can be worn loose or tighter depending on how you prefer.

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Kasey’s workmanship is excellent as usual; the dress is tidily finished and the fit spot-on.

It’s such a treat to find custom-made dresses from independent designers for less than $100 (including shipping to Australia, y’all!) and I like supporting craftspeople rather than big corporations.

SPEAKING of independent designers….

Did you know that the very lovely Kate (from Bombshell Vintage), Kerry (from Harlow), and Jess (from Fox Parse) have banded together with some other lovely ladies to bring us a premier Plus-Size fashion event during the Melbourne Fashion Festival?

The Curvy Couture Roadshow is the first plus-size event to ever be included in the Melbourne Fashion Festival and will showcase some really exciting labels, like Embody,  The Professor’s Daughter, Christine Kardashian, Marji & Jean, even wedding dress designer Silvana Tedesco, and my favourite hosiery gurus Sonsee.

There’s also going to be market stalls at the event with plus size fashion up for sale. It’s taking place on the 30th of March from 12 midday to 5pm at the Arts House Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street North Melbourne, and tickets start at just $15, so pop on through to the website if you want to snap one up before they’re gone!

You’d better believe I’m going to be front and centre at the event – I can’t wait to see what’s on offer. Say “hi!” if you spot me!

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