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How To Order A Custom Dress

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One of my main goals with Rosery Apparel is to create responsibly-made wardrobe essentials made from 100% recycled fabrics. Due to each product being one of a kind, it can be a little bit upsetting when you find your dream fabric already made into a dress or skirt that’s not your size. Therefore custom made clothing is a must for my little brand to give you the opportunity to pick out your favourite fabrics and create a custom design that’s perfect for you!

If you have been wanting to order a custom dress for yourself, but are a bit unsure how to do it, then this step by step guide should hopefully show you just how easy it is!

Step one: Choose your dress style

There are a few different dress styles available, and the beauty of creating a custom order is you can choose the design that you like best! View the styles you can choose from here.

Step two: Select your size

From your bust, waist and hip measurements determine the right fit for you according to the sizing guide. Your measurements don’t have to match the sizing guide exactly, just pick the one closest to your measurements.

Step three: Choose your fabric

There is a large selection of recycled fabrics available for custom orders, that have been salvaged from vintage curtains, bed sheets and tablecloths. Only one fabric is needed per dress - so take your pick! When you have chosen your fabric, be sure to take note of its number and select it in the drop down menu. 

Step four: Place your order

The final step is to simply place your order! Your one of a kind custom order will take up to 5 days to be made from scratch (by me!), and can be shipped to anywhere in the world. I hope this guide helps a little, and I'm forward to receiving your custom order soon!  

My Sewing Space

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Finders Keepers was over 3 weeks ago, but I've only just gotten around to tidying up the aftermath of non-stop dress-making and have made my sewing space a nice place to be in again. Here are some snaps of my updated sewing room! 

frankie magazine collection
frankie magazine and golden hands

I bought a cute plant stand second hand to house my beloved Frankie and Golden Hands collections. 

rosery apparel mini retail store

I decided to set up my stall in the space, and I'm so glad I did! It makes the space look super nice, and it fits so many more dresses then my old clothing rack did. 

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the hungry caterpillar fabric

These are a couple of cute new fabrics I picked up recently. The hungry caterpillar fabric is from Spotlight that I'm planning to make into a dress for myself, and the floral is vintage that I want to try and make into a raincoat.

empisal knitting machine

My beautiful knitting machine (it's mint!) that I hope to use a lot more now that I have some spare time! 

vintage fabric stash
rosery apparel sewing table

I hope you liked this little tour of my updated sewing space! x

Finders Keepers Melbourne

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Today I thought I'd finally get around to sharing some of the photos from the recent Finders Keepers market in Melbourne. I was so proud of my little stall and still feel so lucky to have been a part of such an amazing market! 

This was the first Finders Keepers I've ever been too (even though I've been dreaming about going to one for years and years) and it did not disappoint. There were so many amazing things to look at and delicious things to eat, and I genuinely don't remember feeling happier than what I did as I took in all the creativity and beauty around me. Without further ado, for those of you that weren't able to drop by, here are a few snaps from the weekend!

the royal exhibition building
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handmade tote bags and scrunchies
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handmade and recycled dresses
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the royal exhibition building melbourne

You can also view the professional photos from the weekend here. Were you at the market? What were your favourite stalls? Some of my favourites were: Bespoke Letterpress, Mushama and Me, Sustomi, St Gerrys, Dawn Tan, Julie White, and my beautiful stall neighbour AlyKat Creative.

I also popped the remaining dresses over in the shop if you've seen any you like the look of in the photos!  

New Rosery Apparel Arrivals

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Over the weekend I added some new dresses to the online store! These dresses came with me to Finders Keepers a couple of weeks ago, so if you weren't able to attend the market now's your chance to snap one up! These are all one of a kind/one of a few (one of the styles has already sold out), so if you see one you love be sure to purchase it quick smart! Here's a closer look...

Eva Dress | Retro Check available here. 

Lacy Dress | Peach Floral available here.

Eva Dress | Mustard available here

Eva Dress | Peach Gingham. This one is now sold out, but I love it so much I had to share it anyway! 

Eva Dress | Mint available here

Rosa Dress | Peach Rose available here.

And lastly, Eva Dress | Peach available here. Which one's your favourite? 

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe


Last weekend I was in a baking mood, and wanted to make something delicious but also a little bit pretty, and so decided to put away the sewing machine for a couple of hours and have a go at making vanilla cupcakes. I first tried these cupcakes at Bluebells Cakery while in Auckland, and they were so good I've been wanting to have a go at making them myself (I bought myself a copy of the Bluebells Cakery cookbook - seriously one of the prettiest books in my collection). So here is my new favourite recipe for vanilla cupcakes! 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 240g of caster sugar
  • 225g plain flour, sifted 
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml milk, at room temperature
  • 1 batch of vanilla buttercream

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

2. Combine the flour, caster sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and use your fingers to rub together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

3. In a separate bowl, add the eggs, vanilla extract to the milk. Whisk together well. Add half of this mixture to the dry ingredients, and whisk together well. Then repeat this with the other half of the mixture. 

4. Spoon the mixture into the cases, filling to at least two-thirds full. 

5. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean.

6. Leave to cool in the tray for 10 minutes, then place the cupcakes onto a cooling rack until completely cool. 

7. Ice with vanilla buttercream (preferably in cute pastel colours). 

These cupcakes will last for up to 4 days in an airtight container at room temperature, but they are so good, I doubt you'll be able to make them last that long! For a little bit of fun I had a go at filming the whole cupcake making process, so here is a quick video I made of making the cupcakes. Enjoy! 

Sewing Kit Essentials


Something that I've wanted to do on this blog for a while now is to share more sewing and baking posts to help and inspire people to be creative, and to share how to live a slow lifestyle. I always loved the subject 'Home Ec' at school, and that's how I kind of see these blog posts - Home Ec for creative types. I'm planning on covering a range of sewing and baking tutorials for both beginners and those who like a bit of a challenge. To start with, today I'm sharing my sewing kit essentials. That way, if you'd like to sew along, you'll have everything you'll need to get started! Here are the sewing essentials I use every day:

1. A seam ripper. Or as I like to call them a 'quick unpick', is the easiest way to get rid of stitches when you make a mistake. They are also super handy when putting in zips! 

2. Spare bobbins. You can get by with one or two, but life will become a lot easier when you have 3-4 spare. Each time you use a different coloured thread on your sewing machine you will need to fill a bobbin, and there's nothing worse than having to pull all of the thread out of a nearly full bobbin just so you can use another colour!

3. Water soluble pencils/pens/chalk. I use mine every day when dressmaking. These pencils allow you to make marks all over your fabric and then can be easily washed off with a dab of water.

4. A measuring tape. When it comes to sewing you NEED a measuring tape! You can not get by with just measuring with a ruler. Due to their flexibility, a measuring tape's measurements will be more accurate.

5. Fabric scraps. Having a stack of beautifully designed fabrics is a dream, but what if you need to practice something? Always have a stack of cheap practice fabric at the ready.

6. Pins and needles. Have a good amount of pins in your pincushion as it's better to have more than you need than not enough. Needles will come in handy too as hand-sewing can sometimes give a nicer finish than a machine.   

7. Cotton thread. When sewing, it's always best to use thread that is the same colour of the fabric you're using. I always have plenty of white thread in my stash, and add different colours as I need them. 

8. Fabric Scissors. Fabric scissors are exactly that - scissors for fabric. Don't confuse your fabric scissors with your normal scissors though, if you use them on paper they will be blunt before you know it! 

Looking forward to sharing some more sewing posts with you soon! x 

Frankie Good Stuff Awards

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Today I have some exciting news! Rosery Apparel is a finalist in the Frankie Magazine 'Good Stuff Awards'! This was very unexpected, and as you can imagine I'm very excited about it! I'm one of six finalists in the 'fashion' category and am so thankful to be a finalist among so many talented designers. As well as the winners for the different categories, there is also an overall people's choice award prize, where you can go and vote for your favourite. I'm over the moon about being a finalist, but If you have a second I would really appreciate it if you could go and vote for me here! x  

New Summer Arrivals

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Earlier this week I added 6 new dresses to the online store! I've been really lucky in finding some beautiful floral fabrics over the last few weeks, and am very happy with how these dresses have turned out! These dresses are made in limited stock, so if you see one you love be sure to purchase it quick! Here's a closer look...

Rosa Dress | Rose Posies available here.

Eva Dress | Blue Floral available here.

Eva Dress | Pink Roses available here.

Rosa Dress | Multi Floral available here

Mabel Dress | Peach Linen available here.

Eva Dress | Peach Floral available here

A Day In January

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Yesterday I decided to share my day on Instagram Stories for the first time ever. I spent the day at home, cutting out orders and sewing up dresses. I really enjoyed sharing content in a relaxed, unedited way, and loved having snapshots of my entire day. As the images only last a day, I thought I would share some of my favourites here too as a way to remember them. I'm looking forward to sharing more of my days on Instagram Stories again soon! 

PS. The 'work in progress' shot at the end are the dresses I'm working on at the moment for the online store. I'm hoping to have them available to purchase early next week!