Merry Mekko

Top: DIY York Top with Marimekko fabric

Skirt: Modcloth

Shoes: Edward Meller

I was paging back through my old posts to see the last time I blogged one of these York tops, and was staggered to discover that I hadn’t yet!

Some months ago, a sewing buddy of mine sacrificed one of her Sundays to come over and teach me how to do a full-bust adjustment. I’m still getting the hang of doing them by myself, but the original pattern that she helped me draft – the Seamwork York – has had a very good workout – I’ve made four different versions in a variety of fabrics, including this gorgeous Marimekko linen.

The fabric cost a good $70 which was pretty spendy for yardage, but cheap compared to ready-made Marimekko clothing. I love the bold patterns and colours, and they’re fairly difficult to find in plus sizes or in fabric, so I figured it would be an investment.

The York top is designed to be boxy, and normally I would have had to cut a few sizes larger to make sure it fit the Rack of Doom. With a full bust adjustment I can wear the smaller size, and the result is a boxy shape without being swamped.

I hemmed it fairly short – partly so I didn’t have to buy so much fabric, but also because I wanted to play up that boxy cropped shape. As a result it doesn’t tuck in very well, but I actually quite like how it looks with this full skirt from Modcloth.

Society Gal

Skirt: Society Plus

Top: Boden

Shoes: Rockport

There’s so much more choice for plus size women than there was in 2008 when I first started my blog! It’s wonderful but definitely dangerous too, because I find myself wanting to try, well, everything! Society Plus has been on my radar for a while because of their amazing looking tutu skirts, but I’ve never taken the plunge (because I’ve never had the kind of occasion that warrants a tutu skirt, alas).

At the recent MFW+ celebrations I spotted one girl wearing an amazing midi skirt with a graphic grid print and bailed her up only to discover that it was one of Society Plus‘ signature pieces; the Kate Midington skirt. Designed by blogger and co-founder Jessica Kane, these skirts have been specifically designed for plus-sizes, and it shows.

With a narrow (but not too narrow) waistband, a full (but not too full) skirt, and pockets (hooray!) it fits like a dream. Part of the reason it fits so well – and part of the reason I’ll definitely be ordering from Society Plus again – is the brand’s ‘honest sizing guarantee‘. Every product that they sell has been personally hand-measured, so the size guide given is genuine. So much shopping for plus-size women is online only, and size guides can be all over the place, making every purchase a gamble, not just in whether it’s going to suit, but whether it’s even going to fit in the first place. As an international customer, knowing that something I’m ordering is actually going to match the size guide means half the battle is already won.

I ordered the Kate Midington skirt in navy, but it’s also available in black and white, and I’m seriously tempted to go back and buy the whole range. It’s made of a thick polyester fabric that holds its shape well, and has a great fullness without too much weight. The fabric doesn’t crush at all – I took these photos after a fairly strenuous day out in the city, and it looks as fresh as when I left the house. Do watch out for that size guide though – there’s no stretch to the fabric, so if you’re between sizes you might like to size up for the sake of comfort. If you sign up before ordering you’ll get a 20% off code, too.

I was impatient for my order, so I paid the fairly substantial shipping charge for priority shipping ($42!) but I placed my order on the 29th September, and it arrived on the 6th October which was faster than I’d hoped. Next time I’ll see if I can band together with a friend to split shipping – goodness knows there’s enough on there I’ve got my eye on! There’s the universally flattering skater dresses, the stop-traffic sequin skirts, and of course those tutu skirts… it just so happens that I might have the perfect upcoming occasion for it after all: