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UK Trends With Gemma Cartwright of Big Girls Browse handmade and vintage goods

London-based writer, Gemma Cartwright, is best known for creating the fashion blog Catwalk Queen, which she edited until early 2009. She is now editor of celebrity site The Nod and has recently launched a new style blog with a twist, Big Girls Browse. As stated on the site, “Big Girls Browse isn’t a plus size site. It’s for any woman who doesn’t fit the model norm. It aims to bridge the gap between mass-market fashion and specialist stores for those who are somewhere in between.”

Gemma contributes to various other websites, including Domestic Sluttery and Dorkadore. She tweets as @GemmaCartwright and also has a personal blog.

It may be a massive cliché, but I am not your typical fashionista. When I edited a mainstream fashion website, I often felt like the elephant in the room, literally! Everything was designed with tiny women in mind and I couldn’t help thinking, “What about me?”

My measurements are almost identical to the national average (which is approximately a UK size 16) so I’m clearly not alone in how I feel. That’s the reason I started Big Girls Browse. I wanted to prove that it doesn’t matter what size you are, you can still look fabulous. My love of clothes can be traced back to the many hours I spent as a child dressing up in my mom’s cast-offs. I suppose I never really grew out of it. Even now, you can always count on me to be the most overdressed person in a room. I like to have fun and make a statement.

I love Mad Men‘s Joan Holloway, Zooey Deschanel and Glee‘s Emma Pillsbury. That’s 1/3 bombshell, 1/3 fairy princess and 1/3 prim and proper — an interesting combination, and I’m sure you’ll see examples of it through my choices below. I’ve tried to highlight a combination of things I love and and up-and-coming trends. I hope you like my finds!

Vintage Lace Silk Top

The catwalks were full of lace trims and underwear-as-outerwear for spring, and this top from prizysebastian interprets the look perfectly. Vintage lace on chiffon, this is crying out to be layered over a vintage slip or cami. $95.



The Seas Be Ours

High Street stores are currently jam-packed with nautical-inspired fashion (again!) but all those anchors and red and blue stripes can get boring. This UntamedMenagerie ship necklace takes it to the next level. What a talking point! $18.


Spot the butterfly Wooden Pendant Necklace

I’ve collected things with butterflies since I was a kid, and I love seeing a new take on the winged creatures. gossimarwings make these wood pendants with vintage imagery, giving them a rustic feel which really appeals to me. $25.

Gilded Birdcage Skinny Leggings Concrete

It took me a long time to succumb to the legging revival — the bold, shiny and patterned leggings are still too much for me and my chunky thighs! branchhandmade‘s pretty printed ones are far more my style. I love this birdcage print, which would be perfect under a casual black jersey dress. $29.


FABULOUS 1940s PURPLE day dress

Oh, to have a 25″ waist! The first thing I’d reach for is this fabulous wiggle dress from TheAwakeningIngenue. Everything about it is perfect — the cut, the colour and the way it clings to every curve. It’s also extremely reasonably priced for 1940s vintage! $65.

Rose Sparrow … Steampunk

I recently went to a steampunk exhibition and completely fell in love with the style. There are loads of Etsy sellers doing amazing things in the genre, but my favourite is JewelsByNature, because the pieces still look delicate and feminine. This sparrow pendant is currently top of my wish-list. $38.


Sequins worn as daywear is a trend that’s going nowhere, and this boxy top from dirtybettyvintage is a great way to try it without going too bright. I’d layer this over a black dress. $15.

Oh La La Maillot – Custom Sized

missbrache makes the most amazing rockabilly dresses and pin-up style swimsuits, and I’ve been coveting her Ooh La La Maillot for ages. She also caters up to a size 24, which is great because I know I’m not the only curvy woman who loves this style! $115.

Drink Me Alice In Wonderland Locket Charm Necklace

With Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland about to hit cinema screens in the UK, Wonderland jewellery is everywhere. But hoolala designer Samantha has been doing quirky charm jewellery based on the Lewis Carrol books for years. Still the original and the best, I think! $44.

i’ll fly away – a butterfly comb

Now everyone and their auntie is wearing fascinators to weddings, I’m looking for something a bit different for the next one I attend. thehoneycomb has all kinds of beautiful offerings, from garlands to clips and combs. Of course, I had to go for the butterflies! $30.

silk dress in gray

Only on Etsy could you find a unique, fully lined silk dress for $59! I love the draping and pleating on this dress by YongS, and grey is an eternally stylish colour. I’d team it with bold accessories — maybe coral or yellow — and killer patent heels.

one origami crane

I’d buy things from SeaUnicorn‘s shop purely because of the gorgeous photography, but luckily the whimsical jewellery lives up to its setting. This origami crane reminds me of some much pricier jewellery I saw in a Paris museum gift shop. $27.

Pheasant on the lake, painted peep toes, custom made shoes

I’m a sucker for crazy shoes. Friends send me pictures of the most ostentatious ones they can find knowing I’ll love them. So when I discovered hand-painted shoes on Etsy, I was in my element. These pheasant feather peep toes by norakaren are my fave and would look great with a pencil skirt and the next item… $90.


You’d have to have been living under a rock not to notice the plethora of printed, patterned and textured tights and stockings currently filling the shelves. Hosiery is hot, and nobody does it better than post. The peacock feather print tights (up to an XL) are great, but there are also octopi, butterflies, swirls and flowers. $23.

The Landon Cowl

It’s absolutely freezing in London right now, so I couldn’t finish without mentioning one piece of cosy knitwear. I used to knit a lot but barely have the time anymore, so I’m happy to invest in other people’s hard work! I love the bold colour of this chunky knit cowl by loloandlily. $47.


Many thanks to Gemma for sharing her picks with us during London Fashion Week. Take a peek at the latest normal-sized fashion news over at Big Girls Browse!

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  • KatHannaford

    KatHannaford says:

    Oh, to be able to squeeze into that purple dress - amazing find, Gemma! I love the lacy silk top too.

    5 years ago

  • Tias

    Tias says:

    Gorgeous picks, great attitude! Gemma, you rock! :)

    5 years ago

  • lupin

    lupin says:

    Ooh love that butterfly necklace - and that purple dress is amazing!

    5 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful fashions from the the butterfly necklace! great choices

    5 years ago

  • LustreBeads

    LustreBeads says:

    Beautiful picks, I adore the lace top and swimsuit. Very tempting indeed and Gemma is spreading a very valuable message :)

    5 years ago

  • LHogan

    LHogan says:

    Great article! I love all fashion that draws some inspiration from Mad Men. The necklaces are fantastic!

    5 years ago

  • spacejam

    spacejam says:


    5 years ago

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts says:

    wow the pin up style bathing suit is gorgeous! Wish I could pull that off!

    5 years ago

  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans says:

    gorgeous finds:)

    5 years ago

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape says:

    SeaUnicorn takes gorgeous pics of her jewelry! Great finds!!!

    5 years ago

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat says:

    Fabulous finds!

    5 years ago

  • originalsample

    originalsample says:

    It's great to read a lovely blog with interesting images of fashion.I love the butterfly fashion hair piece and will looking on these sites that are listed. Thank you

    5 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    I love the pin-up bathing suit!

    5 years ago

  • aggieray

    aggieray says:

    I'm in love with the 1940's purple dress!

    5 years ago

  • AREjewellery

    AREjewellery says:

    fabulous finds! love the grey dress and gossimarwing's butterfly!

    5 years ago

  • SilkstoneDesigns

    SilkstoneDesigns says:

    Beautiful items! I love that 1940s dress! Will definitely be checking out Big Girls Browse :)

    5 years ago

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns says:

    wow Love the PEACOCK FEATHER TATTOO tights. Great items :)

    5 years ago

  • aisle3studio

    aisle3studio says:

    i'm diggin the caged bird screenprint on the tights!

    5 years ago

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio says:

    I love the butterfly fascinator. So many of them look like you plucked a bird and stapled it to your head, these butterflies look like they landed there because they wanted to! lol

    5 years ago

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits says:

    great article and stunning pieces, all so lovely! Love Gemma's mission behind her fashion blog! Another fab UK etsy blog, thanks so much.

    5 years ago

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox says:

    Love the butterfly in the hair. Great items. Love it :)

    5 years ago

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom says:

    wonderful, love custom made shoes

    5 years ago

  • monocotoleydon

    monocotoleydon says:

    Wow, I just discovered gossimarwings's butterfly necklaces - so gorgeous!

    5 years ago

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative says:

    Some new blogs I didn't know about it!! There is not enough hours in the day to browse them all.

    5 years ago

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch says:

    oh, that dress.... soooo sexy! Great finds!

    5 years ago

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative says:

    LOVE the shoes with the feathers!!

    5 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    Lovely finds! That butterfly necklace and grey silk dress are so pretty.

    5 years ago

  • CwButcher

    CwButcher says:

    WOW great stuff,

    5 years ago

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion says:

    Some lovely picks but choosing a totally bargain basement priced, made in China silk dress for $59.00 as an example was a very poor choice that undermines the efforts of legitimate artisans trying to earn a living wage from their handmade art & craft. To say that 'only on Etsy' could you find this is a disservice to the entire Etsy & designer/craftsman community. What were you thinking? Etsy is not, nor should it become an eBay or WalMart.

    5 years ago

  • luvlycake

    luvlycake says:

    Love this article. :)

    5 years ago

  • RUBYrecycled

    RUBYrecycled says:

    I love that blue swimsuit, stunning!

    5 years ago

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac says:

    that purple dress is so unbelievably beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • LexLuxe

    LexLuxe says:

    beautiful items for beautiful ladies...thank you!!

    5 years ago

  • ShinyGemma

    ShinyGemma says:

    asundrynotion, that's a fair point and I apologise. I didn't notice where that dress was made - if I had, it would have set alarm bells ringing. I'm used to the mass-produced stuff being badly photographed and less imaginative than the above, but I should have looked more closely before I added it to my picks. Lesson learned. I tried hard to find a mix of items in different price ranges, and there are a lot of legitimate sellers offering things at very reasonable prices (hence the 'only on etsy' comment - I believe most sellers offer great value). I wasn't trying to undermine the work that all the amazing creative people on etsy do, and hope my other choices make up for that mistake.

    5 years ago

  • wuvvlepop

    wuvvlepop says:

    Gorgeous items! Exactly the kind of style of love! and yey for women with curves :)

    5 years ago

  • wuvvlepop

    wuvvlepop says:

    asundrynotion I think what you said is quite insulting to both the person who created that dress and to every other Etsian who likes to sell their items at reasonable prices. I find it much more insulting when i find someone who is selling a dress that cost them $20 to make at $300. Gemma was reflecting the needs and the bank balances of the average shopper.

    5 years ago

  • AtlasSigns

    AtlasSigns says:

    FUN STUFF! Great job.

    5 years ago

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans says:

    I still love the grey dress! And the swimsuit!

    5 years ago

  • ChloeANDMaddie

    ChloeANDMaddie says:

    beautiful collection! I adore those painted shoes! love the dress too!

    5 years ago

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares says:

    These were AWESOME finds. Everything is so unique. I love the steampunk jewelry as well. The dresses are amazing.

    5 years ago

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit says:

    I'm US size 16 and love all the glam styles, colors, textures and accessories. You who design clothes for runways inspire me. Those designers that take the concepts and adapt them for the 99% of the other sized shaped women of the world will get my attention because you help me be beautiful for me. Those who design for "other" sizes AND have reasonable prices will get my dollar because I don't have a model's salary. That said, I need all of you!!! All designers are important on etsy because you all have something wonderful to offer: handmade unique designs creative beautiful and etsy!!!

    5 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    great article Amity...and super choices. Most women are not a size 0...that's for sure. As a former movie costumer, I feel I know a bit about it. Rejoice average sized gals!

    5 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    I love the feather shoes!

    5 years ago

  • BeanTownHandmade

    BeanTownHandmade says:

    Adore the leggings with the birdcage print. So unique!

    5 years ago

  • tangente

    tangente says:

    As a clothing designer, I have to agree with Asundrynotion. Rest of the picks are super cute!

    5 years ago

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome says:

    love the I'll fly away butterfly comb!

    5 years ago

  • karileigh4

    karileigh4 says:

    love the swim suit- soooo glam!

    5 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    purple day dress - lovely!

    5 years ago

  • camamiel

    camamiel says:

    arrrrrr!!! I loved the pirate ship pendant!

    5 years ago

  • abfab74

    abfab74 says:

    As a fellow "big girl" (size 14 in the U.S.) I "heart' this line of thinking...and those stockings made me drool!

    5 years ago

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage says:

    Ooh la la Gemma, adore your style! Thanks for sharing, I will be reading more.

    5 years ago

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood says:

    I love love love leggings - so glad there are these new designs!!!! It's like the previous paradigm shift of suntan to colored pantyhose. But better : )

    5 years ago

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage says:

    I love the "1/3 bombshell, 1/3 fairy princess and 1/3 prim and proper" combo! :) I think it's my favorite combo as well. Every girl needs a little vixen and a little school girl in her :)

    5 years ago

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa says:

    Gorgeous collection... Thank you...

    5 years ago

  • LaBellaCandela

    LaBellaCandela says:

    Love the butterfly hair clip! Too cute!

    5 years ago

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

    5 years ago

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget says:

    Lovely finds!

    5 years ago

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy says:

    Those shoes! wowee.

    5 years ago

  • DapperPaper

    DapperPaper says:

    That purple dress screams Joan Harris from Mad Men! love it! and i must have that lacey top, butterfly necklace, ship necklace...who am i kidding? pretty much everything shown!

    5 years ago

  • louloudo

    louloudo says:

    wonderful picks and a nice message, ta! x

    5 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:


    5 years ago

  • SpankMe

    SpankMe says:

    missbrache was sent straight from heaven!

    5 years ago

  • go2girl

    go2girl says:

    Beautiful selections. I love Nora Karen designs!

    5 years ago

  • birdie1

    birdie1 says:

    Breathtaking butterflies! And marvelous maillot!

    5 years ago

  • fosterbk

    fosterbk says:

    What great selections--this is my main reason for shopping etsy. Finding something completely different!

    5 years ago

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe says:

    Wow, I love the butterfly pendant! Great minds think alike:

    5 years ago

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud says:

    cool trends! I love those leggings with birdcage :)

    5 years ago

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset says:

    Oh La La Maillot is dreamy. ~ I collect pin~up clothing, Purple 1940s day dress is beautifull for an hourglass figure, wink, the hoseiry black shoes, and the ship necklace are neat

    5 years ago

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign says:

    Great topic and beautiful selections, thanks!

    5 years ago

  • Snowberrylime

    Snowberrylime says:

    Gorgeous picks! I love the butterfly comb especially, and pretty much everything by the honey comb!

    5 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Yaay for curvy girls!

    5 years ago

  • capriciousme

    capriciousme says:

    I love that blue swimsuit. So cute!

    5 years ago

  • parasolproject

    parasolproject says:

    love the purple dress, pure decadence...

    5 years ago

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop says:

    It would be so amazing to find a curvier girl for my clothes. I guess that will be next on my to do list. I think the idea of creating clothes for 'the norm' as opposed to the exceptionally skinny is fantastic. It's actually what I try to do, but I need a model who makes that fact more obvious. ;D

    5 years ago

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ says:

    I love UntamedMeangerie's shop... everything is so gorgeous, and such interesting choices for silhouettes! Wonderful~~

    5 years ago

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry says:

    great finds!

    5 years ago

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing says:

    Love your blog and love the picks!

    5 years ago

  • ettaandbillie

    ettaandbillie says:

    Love the wiggle dress...maybe if I got a corset I could get into it ;).

    5 years ago

  • norakaren

    norakaren says:

    thanks so much for adding my shoes!! I'm so excited!! I can't believe it!

    5 years ago

  • Dalim

    Dalim says:

    You should see NoraKaren's painted jeans and tunics! They are amazing!

    5 years ago

  • ThreeWishesStudio

    ThreeWishesStudio says:

    Fantastic article! I have been smitten with Nora's shoes for a long while! She's such a super artist : )

    5 years ago

  • niftyknits

    niftyknits says:

    I've been trying to pretend I'm still a UK14, not 16...but this gives me the courage to say heck - I'm a 16!!!

    5 years ago

  • eikumpel

    eikumpel says:

    everything looks so stylish! Nora's shoes are amazing and that swimsuit is fab!!!

    5 years ago

  • thirdfloor

    thirdfloor says:

    Those shoes are to die for!!! And, the maillot ... ooh, la, la! Great article and beautiful picks!

    5 years ago

  • prettybetty

    prettybetty says:

    this is such a lovely storque article, thank you so much for sharing! I love the painted shoes by norakaren, she is such a talent!

    5 years ago

  • AllThingsPretty

    AllThingsPretty says:

    Such nice finds, especially the handpainted shoes, blue swimsuit and dress... beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • LindenLeafStudio

    LindenLeafStudio says:

    Great article! Congrats Nora! I own a peacock tunic! Love it!

    5 years ago

  • greatgrandmaagnes

    greatgrandmaagnes says:

    Ohh going to go check out her site now! Yay for girls with curves! :)

    5 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    Wow, what a pick of simply lucious items!!! I love to design for girls with curves, hip-hip hooray!!!

    5 years ago

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns says:

    Great article!

    5 years ago

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors says:

    You've got some great picks here! I have to look at more of post's items. :-)

    5 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Great article - thanx! Fabulous finds as well!

    5 years ago

  • TastyVintage

    TastyVintage says:

    How fabulous are those shoes! Oh I love them!

    5 years ago

  • brynnalex

    brynnalex says:

    Lovely collection! Thanks Gemma!

    5 years ago

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry says:

    Love the shoes!

    5 years ago

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta says:

    beautiful pics!!! oh my... that butterfly comb, is dreamy!

    5 years ago

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet says:

    Great selection. I'm so glad to have found the Big Girls Browse blog!

    5 years ago

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison says:

    hat purple dress is of my dreams...excellent selection

    5 years ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers says:

    I just love the hand painted shoes, Nora is so talented!

    5 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:

    I love the grey silk dress and the puprle cowl. They are gorgeous.

    5 years ago

  • Tumus

    Tumus says:

    LOOOOOVE it :) I totally dig the wooden butterfly necklace, holla!

    5 years ago

  • yasminbochi

    yasminbochi says:

    Beautiful selection, I love the dresses! yay for curvy girls!

    5 years ago


    BINAGEYER says:

    great article - stylish picks! :)

    5 years ago

  • designlab443

    designlab443 says:

    Cool stuff, I still can't embrace leggings either.

    5 years ago

  • PunkUpBettie

    PunkUpBettie says:

    Those pumps are pretty rad!

    5 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    i love the idea of the Big Girls Browse blog. as a size 12, i always feel like i'm browsing in the store and afraid to buy the cute clothes, or the cute clothes are way too small. thanks for opening the discussion up.

    5 years ago

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage says:

    absolutely stunning purple dress!

    5 years ago

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations says:

    Wow! There is some awesome stuff in this collection and I would love to have it all--mostly the steampunk sparrow I think! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    5 years ago

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger says:

    Awesome picks! I love the butterfly comb.

    5 years ago

  • floria

    floria says:

    Beautiful selection! The purple dress is gorgeous!

    5 years ago

  • thearthermit

    thearthermit says:

    Oh i'm in love with that swimsuit, it's gorgeous!!

    5 years ago

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk says:

    Great picks !!!

    5 years ago

  • brazenhussies

    brazenhussies says:

    Fantastic choices. Love the tights and shoes - in fact love all of it!

    5 years ago

  • brightcolour

    brightcolour says:

    Great article! Love the butterfly fascinator & Post's tights :)

    5 years ago

  • wildcatdesigns

    wildcatdesigns says:

    some really gorgeous things, I might just have to add a few of them to my wishlist :)

    5 years ago

  • BlueSeaBlue

    BlueSeaBlue says:

    I make clothes for girls who are a bit larger. Only because I have to model them! And I love my chocolate!

    5 years ago

  • kezbirdiesARTS

    kezbirdiesARTS says:

    I'm totally loving the Big Girls Browse blog!! I wear a size 14, although I'm not a curvy girl, I'm fairly tall and have a longer torso. size 14 has the perfect length in trousers and tops. Just means I have to take it in slightly, but its a wee bit more difficult with trousers. This is where my large assortment of belts comes into play :) And a bunch of drooltastic pciks :D

    5 years ago

  • kezbirdiesARTS

    kezbirdiesARTS says:

    *picks not pciks :P damn my spelling!

    5 years ago

  • dirtybettyvintage

    dirtybettyvintage says:

    What lovely picks and so excited that my sequin top was included! Dirty Betty Hearts this!!

    5 years ago

  • Tallieopal

    Tallieopal says:

    i am a fashion photographer ande fine-art -event photgrapher by proffesion - may i ask where are suiated are you looking someone to take your photograph. i have just join Etsy network.

    5 years ago

  • YongS

    YongS says:

    I FELT VERY HURT In China: Average salary: 300$/month A KFC burge: 2 dollars A meter of fabric for this dress: 3 dollars(i guess it should be over 10 dollars in U.S) My average income each month is 700 dollars. It is low compair to Americans, But i am quite happy that i can earn more than some people in China.. And i am quite happy that i could sell this dress for 59$. i am just a poor tailor, who is trying hard to make a living. asundrynotion,I did feel hurt when i read "set an alarm " to my dress. I think those person who are not welcomed should be those who take mass-making clothes, and claimed that they make it. But not those who work hard to make a thing, and sell it at a reasonable price. I am sorry that some of our Chinese may ruin our reputation of hand-making things. But as a Chinese seller who did making non-mass making things, we expect we could also receive respect, and get the same opportunities as you do. i love Etsy, and a lot of sellers are very creative. I wish i could also be one of you, and be welcomed by you. best wishes to everyone.

    5 years ago

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment says:

    Yay for the big girls!! Curves are always a beautiful thing. I really appreciate this article, and hope there'll be more of the same. That purple '40s dress is one of the most stunning things I've ever laid eyes on. So Jessica Rabbit! ;)

    5 years ago

  • indigohorizons

    indigohorizons says:

    Hooray for Gemma and Big Girls Browse! I'm not what I would call "fat", but clothes shopping always makes me feel just that and so I've come to think of myself that way. In most labels a size "L" is not large at all, and many, many makers cater exclusively to the thin. I too adore gorgeous clothes, and find it so depressing to see something I love and would love to wear sized only for the tiny. Etsy isn't immune unfortunately with many makers/sellers ignoring the market for women who don't fit model sizing. A plea to all makers - consider making for all women. Thanks Gemma - inspiring!

    5 years ago

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom says:

    Great article and some lovely finds.... thank you!

    5 years ago

  • TexstyleTextures

    TexstyleTextures says:

    YongS - kudos to you for standing up for yourself. I only wish I could buy that fabric for $3 a yard! This is why calling out is a no no on Etsy. There are real people behind most of these shops and you never know what their situation is. Play by the rules or don't play people.

    5 years ago

  • LoopDeeDoo

    LoopDeeDoo says:

    Thank you for applauding all the other sizes out here aside from the zeros and extra longs! Time to check out the Big GIrls Browse blog now. :)

    4 years ago

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject says:

    Fantastic finds! And I love the "1/3 bombshell, 1/3 fairy princess and 1/3 prim and proper" combo! Also have to say that people shouldn't just assume that because a product is 'made in china' that it was made in a traditional factory. As a designer who's worked in the fashion industry and traveled to these factories and countries that "sell for cheap" I know that there are also legitimate designers that work in that part of the world - who just don't have the same financial circumstances that we do in North America! Maybe this designer doesn't realize that this kind of dress could sell for more but maybe this is also the value she has put to it for a reason. Let's be fair to all sellers.. we know how hard it is to make garments and start a business. YongS - please know that you are welcome here - everyone has a fair chance to succeed here on Etsy.

    4 years ago

  • freshpikd4u

    freshpikd4u says:

    Great finds; thanks for the nod to plus-sized gals!

    4 years ago