Friday, October 28, 2011

Modelling Modesty: Lisa's Antique-Rose Suit

You may remember that at the end of Charmagne's Wedding - The Guests I mentioned a young lady with "the thickest cascade of straight blonde ponytail I've ever seen." I wanted to know the story of the suit she was wearing. I was delighted to receive a response from her mother, and now here is the suit for you to see. The suit and its wearer looked even better in real life.

Lisa's suit is a Frederick A design made of 100% polyester. Frederick A was a branch of Ambler and Company (Summit & Aertex), but the label has been discontinued.

Lisa and her mother found her suit at SaveMart, a huge discount store in Wanganui. There's a SaveMart Recycled Clothing Centre in every main city in New Zealand. I've encountered Frederick A before, a garment memorable enough for me to recognize the label when Lisa's mother mentioned it, so there's a chance that you could find something similarly delicious. SaveMart turnover includes thousands of garments per day, so if you had a look last month, it's worth having another look this month.

All the best, and let us know if you find something you love!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Links We Like: V-Neck Quick Fix

Atlanta Shannon shares a quick fix for those cute tops that don't quite cover what they oughta.
View her tutorial here at Feelin' Feminine.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Modest Swimwear: a Wealth of Choice!

Summer is on its way to the southern hemisphere and we're turning our thoughts to warm-weather clothing. The most challenging of summer wardrobe quandaries is modest swimwear, but fear not! we have an encyclopedia of gorgeous solutions for you!

I recently visited the swimwear links BN has supplied in the past and was saddened to discover several of those modest swimwear stores have closed. On your behalf, I surfed the cyber waves for new resources and am happy to announce the range is exciting.

If you haven't already seen it, check out BNTV's 3-minute video, an in-depth promotion (pardon the pun) of Simply Modest Swimwear, our top recommendation for modest swimwear because of the flexibility of the style and unparalleled fabric choice.
This poster is a sample selection of the fantastic variety in attractive and functional modest swimwear that's available from online stores. Click on image to enlarge.

We have discovered other modest swimwear stores providing many creative options. Isn't it wonderful to have a choice in styles? Some of the websites are a little confusing or tedious to navigate, but if you have the patience to explore, you'll find a wealth of style and colour choices.
MODEST SWIMWEAR STORES the burqini; raglan sleeve, optional hood similar to burqini large range of active-wear separates; skirts with built-in leggings 3-piece outfits that look like street wear boho to simple sporty styles in prints and plains rash vests and leggings modest 'haute couture' makes its show on the beach! love this range 2-piece skirted suit; BN favourite! unparalleled flexibility and fabric choice above-knee tropical-print sarong one-piece; softcup option spandex/taslon swimmer dresses, 3 styles

These stores are also listed in the Modest Clothing Stores tab beneath the BN header banner.

Let us know how you get on with your shopping!
We wish you happy summer splashing!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Links We Like: Jeans-to-Skirt Tutorial

A glimpse of Suzannah Rowntree's jean skirt on the day of Charmagne Smith's wedding prompted me to inquire its origin. Delighted with what I heard, we met a week later for photo shoot and details.
Suzannah wanted a long skirt that was low-cost and warm enough for Australia's Victorian winters. Concerned that long skirts simply weren't economical, Suzannah retreated to her thinking spot to ponder. The result was an idea to buy two pairs of denim jeans and with the aid of a seam ripper and stitch maker, join the two into a skirt. She loves the result and has made several this year.

You can view Suzannah's tutorial here:

If you need a practical, hard-wearing skirt, or you're keen to get that trendy denim look, if you shop secondhand (thrift), and are comfortable with a little sewing, this is an ideal solution for you. Make sure you check Suzannah's tips for what style jeans will work best.

One piece of advice from me: beware of distressed denim. Watch out for the artificially faded patches because the designers carefully set them to draw the eye to thighs and buttocks. That is not what a modest lady aims for in her dressing habits, so take care in your choice of fabric and its placement. If in doubt, ask someone to view you modelling the jeans across the room. Check both front and rear views.

While chatting with Suzannah, I noticed the charm of the buttons on her hand-knitted wool cardigan. They're called Dorset Buttons and are created using a ring (Suzannah used a flat metal washer disk), yarn, and a yarn needle.

Blogger/designer Mags Kandis says, "How many times have you had a cardi sit for weeks...months...years while hunting down the PERfect buttons. By using the same yarn as your project or complimenting yarn from your stash, you always have designer buttons at your fingertips." Print your free pattern now! Click this link: 

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