A month or so ago I wanted to make a bumbag. I just thought it was a cool idea for walking so I didn’t have to jeopardise all my stuff, like phone and keys, when bending down to pick up Miffy’s carelessly deposited droppings. Then I thought a bumbag would be cool for all kind of occasions, especially for people who wear clothes without pockets (womens’ clothing I’m looking at YOU!) Someone suggested it’d help them out a lot for baby wearing. And another person wanted one just because it looked cool. I also wanted to sew bumbags to fit fat people, because so many of the bumbags I looked at didn’t have waist bands long enough to fit us.
My Total Bumbag pattern had to have a 1980s style promotional image!
So I decided to make a pattern for the bumbags I’d been making so I could share the love and bring the humble bumbag back from the 80s! You can purchase the pattern here if you’re interested. The pattern includes pieces to make bumbags for adults and kids as well as in depth instructions.
The apple print kid’s bumbag and amazing pink digital print leggings I made for my niece.
People who didn’t sew then wanted bumbags. I made a couple and they sold almost immediately! Then I made more! I opened an etsy store to sell them (also because I am experimenting with the benefits of selling through etsy vs selling on fancyladyindustries.com) and I listed a bunch the other day!
That’s what I’ve been up to. I’ve also been sewing other things, like clothes, but I haven’t had time to take nice photos.
The front view of my Pastel Leopard bumbag. I love this fabric! It’s a taupe leopard print on cream with mint in the centre of the leopard spots.
The rear view of my Muffin print bumbag features a zippered pocket for stashing important things.
This bumbag uses a William Morris print in pastel pinks, creams and blues. I adore it! I’ve popped my beat up Samsung s5 in the bag to show scale. These bags will fit your phone, keys and a little purse.
This bumbag uses an adorable pink and cream floral/ hearts Lecian print in two colourways.
Some of these fabrics I can’t get more of so they’re quite limited. But I work in a fabric shop and am eternally scouting for new cute prints so more bumbags are on the way!
Most of my time has been consumed with making new tiaras for Fancy Lady Industries, but I’ve done a couple of drawings and practiced a lot of uke.
A tiara that looks like short flowers made up of green crystals and vintage sequins accented with crystal points.
A tiara with five curved arcs, wrapped with small hematite cubes and accented with five crystal points.
A watercolour and ink illustration depicting a fat white woman with brown hair holding a pink flower reflected in the style of a Queen card in a deck of cards. A banner entwined with leaves and some twigs are in the background framing the vertically reflected figure.
A few of my pieces are on Society6 now if you are interested in prints.
A watercolour and ink illustration depicting 12 identical naked fat white women with brown hair, all draped/ piled on the central figure who looks exasperated.
I’ve been recording myself playing and singing every few days and posting them on you tube so I can track my progress throughout the year. This is At Seventeen, by Janis Ian. There’s a few more on my channel, if you’re interested!
Message in a Bottle necklace. Text: More Fance than ever.
Where have I been? What have I been doing? These are questions you might be asking. Heck, I’ve been asking that of myself! I’ve actually sequestered myself in my study making lots of things, far from human contact (not really). Last night I launched the biggest update of Fancy Lady Industries in history and I figured, “hey why not tell people about it?” Obviously my social/ marketing skills are a bit rusty.
Gem Powa bangle – frosted purple sandwiched between baby pink laser cut acrylic. Also available in black and gold glitter.
Sweet’n Creepy pins – small printed plywood pins: tooth, finger bun, slime crystal and flamingo.
Crystal Powa necklace – Baby pink laser cut acrylic crystal facets on top of frosted purple pendant, on a long black chain. Also available in black and mirror, and black and gold glitter.
Sweet Heart earrings – Black acrylic hearts with mint bow charms dangle from hook earrings. Also available in frosted purple and assorted colour bows.
I’m wearing a green Third Eye necklace in a very sassy manner.
I hope you’ll come by the shop and check out what I’ve been busy doing!
Claim your gold glitter fat necklace in the presale – until May 29
I’ve been busy giving Fancy Lady Industries a complete overhaul, tinkering with its innermost workings and fine tuning the whole shebang so I can bring you new stuff in different ways. The most electrifying development amongst a cast of thrills is GOLD GLITTER fat necklaces
! I’m running a presale for this limited edition of the fat necklace until May 29, so go get one.
Detail of my finished version of the Not Your Pin Up embroidery pattern.
The Fancy Babe paper doll is available as a PDF download. Print, snip, dress!
While you’re over at the new shop, you might notice there’s a bunch of new things and some of them are available IMMEDIATELY! I’ve designed three embroidery patterns
with a distinctly political flavour; each pdf comes with stitch suggestions and diagrams of common stitches so even if you’re new to needle work you can start with confidence. Fancy Babe
is the first of a line of printable paper dolls and comes with clothes, hair and shoes so you can mix it up in your cubicle at work.
One of ten unique gem powa art card designs.
You want more? Ok! You know how I love to doodle when I really shouldn’t? I’ve decided to doodle on cards so you can keep one for yourself or send it to a nice person with lovely words inside it. The current bunch of art cards
have bright gem powa designs and are named after cute minerals from the earth.
Burgundy vinyl collar embellished with hand stitched “Fat Doll” and studs.
The last item I’m proud to show you is one of the collars I’ve made. This “Fat Doll” collar is made from burgundy vinyl and backed with felt; I’ve drafted this especially for people with bigger shoulders and necks. It’s a beautiful hand made art piece to embellish your carefully curated fatshion wardrobe.
Four of my Buoyant embroideries and two saying “fat”.
Hello! Welcome to the new year blog, I’m sorry I haven’t been around much to usher you in.
I just thought I’d actually get around to updating about the embroideries I’ve been doing! Over Christmas and New Year I was house sitting at my parents and doing a lot of needlework like a proper lady from a century ago. I’ve listed some of them for sale in my shop and you can go take a look if you want to, and maybe even buy one!
Garments from my wardrobe.
“Wardrobe clear out – sizes 20-26 – if you love black you’ll love this!”
It’s spring and time for my annual wardrobe clear out! Please come check out my shop
and see if there’s anything that takes your fancy.
Don’t forget you can take home a print (or two) or a necklace!
A selection of four of my prints sitting on my shelf: Pastry Queen II, Babe on a bike, DGAF and Donut Baptism.
If you missed out on the pre-order, quit your fearing because I now have a selection of the most popular prints stocked on Fancy Lady Industries
The Fat Cow print sits on my shelf with a few other prints,
A close up photo of Glutton.
My absolute favourite is Fat Cow
, but the people’s choice seems to be between I get what I want
and Pastry Queen II
. Which one is your favourite?
(It sounds fancier if I call it a boutique, yeah?)
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A selection of my art available as prints! Print-preorder and 10% off ends at midnight tonight, June 22. Use OUCH10 at checkout.
Just a reminder that your opportunity to get 10% off one of my prints (and other Fancy Lady Industries paraphernalia!) ends tonight at midnight (Australian time). There’s a super limited selection of original art pieces still left too.
Check out Fancy Lady Industries (or definatalie.bigcartel.com if the domain doesn’t work, which is an ongoing and infuriating issue!)
A graphic with "The fance is back" in hand lettering, with three thumbnails images of original artworks, fine art prints and a set of matryoshka dolls. There's also a sneaky 10% discount code - OUCH10.
Last night I brought Fancy Lady Industries back online after a six week break, that is… after I broke my ankle. I’ve stocked the store with a couple of new and interesting things, too! Most notably, the art prints I’ve been promising for many months are finally available to pre-order
! I put up the five most popular pieces in the recent poll, but I will also be adding Lip Licker and Glutton in the next few hours (probably tomorrow morning because I’m pooped!)
In more news, my moon boot has come off, Nick was hospitalised for a bad ear infection, and we moved into our new house! I’m going to try to blog through all my home decorating fever, but I doubt it’ll be terribly exciting… unless you like decorating on a budget. We’ve already almost completely ripped out our tiny courtyard garden in preparation for making it Miffy friendly, with room for veggies and herbs!
A watercolour and ink illustration of a woman with long brown hair with a curly pomp holding up a hand mirror. Text above says "Look at yourself!" and text on the mirror says "Stop looking at yourself".
A set of five handpainted matryoshka dolls, each doll painted with a different fat body. Also a tiny unicorn!
Sorry for the downtime over the last few days, Dreamhost is being an absolute turd at the moment!