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UK Trends With Gemma Cartwright of Big Girls Browse

Feb 24, 2010

by ShinyGemma

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.

Dirty Betty TAKES A BATH IN SEQUINS Top

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.

LARGE/EXTRA LARGE sexy PEACOCK FEATHER TATTOO tights

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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Gilded Birdcage Skinny Leggings Concrete
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Rose Sparrow ... Steampunk
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i'll fly away - a butterfly comb
i'll fly away - a butterfly comb
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LARGE\/EXTRA LARGE sexy PEACOCK FEATHER TATTOO  tights \/ stockings full length pantyhose LIGHT MOCHA
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128 comments

  • KatHannaford

    KatHannaford said 7 years ago

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

  • Tias

    Tias said 7 years ago

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

  • lupin

    lupin said 7 years ago

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

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

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

  • LustreBeads

    LustreBeads said 7 years ago

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

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 7 years ago

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

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    oh..wonderful!!

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 7 years ago

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

  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans said 7 years ago

    gorgeous finds:)

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 7 years ago

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

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 7 years ago

    Fabulous finds!

  • originalsample

    originalsample said 7 years ago

    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

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    I love the pin-up bathing suit!

  • aggieray

    aggieray said 7 years ago

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

  • AREjewellery

    AREjewellery said 7 years ago

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

  • SilkstoneDesigns

    SilkstoneDesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • aisle3studio

    aisle3studio said 7 years ago

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

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 7 years ago

    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

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 7 years ago

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

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 7 years ago

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

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 7 years ago

    wonderful, love custom made shoes

  • monocotoleydon

    monocotoleydon said 7 years ago

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

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 7 years ago

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

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 7 years ago

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

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 7 years ago

    LOVE the shoes with the feathers!!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 7 years ago

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

  • CwButcher

    CwButcher said 7 years ago

    WOW great stuff,

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

    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.

  • luvlycake

    luvlycake said 7 years ago

    Love this article. :)

  • RUBYrecycled

    RUBYrecycled said 7 years ago

    I love that blue swimsuit, stunning!

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 7 years ago

    that purple dress is so unbelievably beautiful!

  • LexLuxe

    LexLuxe said 7 years ago

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

  • ShinyGemma

    ShinyGemma said 7 years ago

    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.

  • wuvvlepop

    wuvvlepop said 7 years ago

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

  • wuvvlepop

    wuvvlepop said 7 years ago

    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.

  • AtlasSigns

    AtlasSigns said 7 years ago

    FUN STUFF! Great job.

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 7 years ago

    I still love the grey dress! And the swimsuit!

  • ChloeANDMaddie

    ChloeANDMaddie said 7 years ago

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

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 7 years ago

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

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    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!!!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    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!

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 7 years ago

    I love the feather shoes!

  • BeanTownHandmade

    BeanTownHandmade said 7 years ago

    Adore the leggings with the birdcage print. So unique!

  • tangente

    tangente said 7 years ago

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

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    love the I'll fly away butterfly comb!

  • karileigh4

    karileigh4 said 7 years ago

    love the swim suit- soooo glam!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    purple day dress - lovely!

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 7 years ago

    arrrrrr!!! I loved the pirate ship pendant!

  • abfab74

    abfab74 said 7 years ago

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

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

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

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 7 years ago

    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 : )

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 7 years ago

    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 :)

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous collection... Thank you...

  • LaBellaCandela

    LaBellaCandela said 7 years ago

    Love the butterfly hair clip! Too cute!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    Lovely finds!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    Those shoes! wowee.

  • DapperPaper

    DapperPaper said 7 years ago

    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!

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 7 years ago

    wonderful picks and a nice message, ta! x

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Enchanting!

  • SpankMe

    SpankMe said 7 years ago

    missbrache was sent straight from heaven!

  • go2girl

    go2girl said 7 years ago

    Beautiful selections. I love Nora Karen designs!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    Breathtaking butterflies! And marvelous maillot!

  • fosterbk

    fosterbk said 7 years ago

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

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    Wow, I love the butterfly pendant! Great minds think alike: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35609926

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud said 7 years ago

    cool trends! I love those leggings with birdcage :)

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    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

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    Great topic and beautiful selections, thanks!

  • Snowberrylime

    Snowberrylime said 7 years ago

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

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    Yaay for curvy girls!

  • capriciousme

    capriciousme said 7 years ago

    I love that blue swimsuit. So cute!

  • parasolproject

    parasolproject said 7 years ago

    love the purple dress, pure decadence...

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 7 years ago

    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

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ said 7 years ago

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

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 7 years ago

    great finds!

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 7 years ago

    Love your blog and love the picks!

  • ettaandbillie

    ettaandbillie said 7 years ago

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

  • norakaren

    norakaren said 7 years ago

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

  • Dalim

    Dalim said 7 years ago

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

  • ThreeWishesStudio

    ThreeWishesStudio said 7 years ago

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

  • niftyknits

    niftyknits said 7 years ago

    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!!!

  • eikumpel

    eikumpel said 7 years ago

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

  • thirdfloor

    thirdfloor said 7 years ago

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

  • prettybetty

    prettybetty said 7 years ago

    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!

  • AllThingsPretty

    AllThingsPretty said 7 years ago

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

  • LindenLeafStudio

    LindenLeafStudio said 7 years ago

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

  • greatgrandmaagnes

    greatgrandmaagnes said 7 years ago

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

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

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

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

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

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Great article - thanx! Fabulous finds as well!

  • TastyVintage

    TastyVintage said 7 years ago

    How fabulous are those shoes! Oh I love them!

  • brynnalex

    brynnalex said 7 years ago

    Lovely collection! Thanks Gemma!

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 7 years ago

    Love the shoes!

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 7 years ago

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

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet said 7 years ago

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

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 7 years ago

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

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 7 years ago

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

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 7 years ago

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

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 7 years ago

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

  • yasminbochi

    yasminbochi said 7 years ago

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

  • BINAGEYER

    BINAGEYER said 7 years ago

    great article - stylish picks! :)

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

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

  • PunkUpBettie

    PunkUpBettie said 7 years ago

    Those pumps are pretty rad!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    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.

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 7 years ago

    absolutely stunning purple dress!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 7 years ago

    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!

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 7 years ago

    Awesome picks! I love the butterfly comb.

  • floria

    floria said 7 years ago

    Beautiful selection! The purple dress is gorgeous!

  • thearthermit

    thearthermit said 7 years ago

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

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 7 years ago

    Great picks !!!

  • brazenhussies

    brazenhussies said 7 years ago

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

  • brightcolour

    brightcolour said 7 years ago

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

  • wildcatdesigns

    wildcatdesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • BlueSeaBlue

    BlueSeaBlue said 7 years ago

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

  • kezbirdiesARTS

    kezbirdiesARTS said 7 years ago

    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

  • kezbirdiesARTS

    kezbirdiesARTS said 7 years ago

    *picks not pciks :P damn my spelling!

  • dirtybettyvintage

    dirtybettyvintage said 7 years ago

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

  • Tallieopal

    Tallieopal said 7 years ago

    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.

  • YongS

    YongS said 7 years ago

    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.

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment said 6 years ago

    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! ;)

  • indigohorizons

    indigohorizons said 6 years ago

    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!

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom said 6 years ago

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

  • TexstyleTextures

    TexstyleTextures said 6 years ago

    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.

  • LoopDeeDoo

    LoopDeeDoo said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 6 years ago

    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.

  • freshpikd4u

    freshpikd4u said 6 years ago

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

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