mabelandgeorge

Plus size women's clothing made by hand in Melbourne.

100 Sales

mabelandgeorge

Plus size women's clothing made by hand in Melbourne.

100 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(22)

Announcement   Linen, silk and cotton plus sized women's clothes are what I do at Mabel and George. Natural fabrics are so much more comfortable to wear than synthetic fibres, especially in warm weather and good quality natural fabrics in larger sizes are really hard to find in brick-and-mortar shops. The garment designs you will find here at Mabel and George are loose, simple, classic and made from the best quality natural fabrics that I can find. Each garment is handmade by me in my workroom at home. I don't follow fashion trends, just go with what I personally love to wear and I hope that you will love it too. Sarah.

Follow me on Instagram to follow my making:

www.instagram.com/mabelandgeorge

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 28, 2017

Linen, silk and cotton plus sized women's clothes are what I do at Mabel and George. Natural fabrics are so much more comfortable to wear than synthetic fibres, especially in warm weather and good quality natural fabrics in larger sizes are really hard to find in brick-and-mortar shops. The garment designs you will find here at Mabel and George are loose, simple, classic and made from the best quality natural fabrics that I can find. Each garment is handmade by me in my workroom at home. I don't follow fashion trends, just go with what I personally love to wear and I hope that you will love it too. Sarah.

Follow me on Instagram to follow my making:

www.instagram.com/mabelandgeorge

Sarah Bulkeley

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Sarah Bulkeley

The George Tote Bag in Pale Blues and Greys
The George Tote Bag in Pale Blues and Greys
$47.10
Handmade White Linen Plus Sized Tunic Top
Handmade White Linen Plus Sized Tunic Top
$105.98
Plus Sized Blue Linen Tunic Top
Plus Sized Blue Linen Tunic Top
$102.06
Plus Size Ladies Light Grey Linen Tunic Top
Plus Size Ladies Light Grey Linen Tunic Top
$102.06
Navy Blue Linen Tunic Top in Plus Size.
Navy Blue Linen Tunic Top in Plus Size.
$109.91
White Linen Plus Size Singlet Top
White Linen Plus Size Singlet Top
$74.58
White Linen Plus Size Singlet Top.
White Linen Plus Size Singlet Top.
$66.73
Fabric necklace in Liberty Lawn
Fabric necklace in Liberty Lawn
$17.27
Coral Pink Necklace in Liberty Lawn.
Coral Pink Necklace in Liberty Lawn.
$17.27
Long Necklace in Liberty Lawn
Long Necklace in Liberty Lawn
$17.27
Long Necklace of Liberty Lawn
Long Necklace of Liberty Lawn
$17.27
Liberty Lawn Necklaces
Liberty Lawn Necklaces
$32.97
Grey Plus Size Linen Tunic Top
Grey Plus Size Linen Tunic Top
$109.91

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(22)
Annie

Annie on Jun 14, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Sarah. What a beautiful dress. The fabric is so lovely and it fits me perfectly. Love pockets in my dresses too. Made my day. I can't wait to purchase another. 😊✨💓

sunflowersandtulips

sunflowersandtulips on May 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Great quality and service and will be a return buyer.

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About

Your story in one sentence.

You may have visited Mabel & George before. You may have bought some of my digitally printed fabrics. I am still designing fabrics but I have had a break from selling them here. In July my direction changed a little (or a lot!)

I had an epiphany.

Sitting in the middle of an internationally owned store in central Melbourne. Waiting as my sister (who is a stock-standard AU size 14) choose from an endless array of stylish clothes on the racks, I also watched as women like me, plus-sized (AU 22), searched the racks in vain for something to buy. I had done a bit of research on this particular fashion company online and had been a little excited that their latest season's range appeared to include some great over-sized pieces in good fabrics.

Once in the store, again, I was faced with the reality that any of the 'larger' sizes had sold out first and hadn't been replaced. I was angry. Angry at myself? Yes, probably, but mostly angry with the fashion industry. I was sick of wandering the shops and being constantly disappointed at the selection on-offer for women like me; ugly shapes, hideous colours, prints, synthetic fabrics all made in overseas sweat shops. I can only assume that we are thought to not be interested in fashion - or - in my case, classic, simple style in beautiful fabrics.

In the late 1980s I got my degree in fashion design at RMIT in Melbourne. At the time I was an AU size 10- 12. I didn't think about larger sized clients, but strangely my design heroes were people like Zandra Rhodes and Jenny Kee. These are women who design beautiful printed fabrics and make them into wonderful, voluminous garments! Even though I was a size 10- 12, I had been designing and wearing generously cut clothing for years! I also painted and printed all of my own fabrics (a passion I still have).

Upon graduating I worked in the local fashion industry for a while, learning from the wonderful machinists, beaders and finishers I worked with. I then fell into teaching. I've been teaching now for 27 years - Textiles, Art and Ceramics at secondary level. I love it, but I also love creating new work to share with others and have been doing so on and off over those 27 years.

So, back to that epiphany. My frustration with the fashion industry (and this has been brewing for several years) has pointed me in a new direction; designing and making stylish, comfortable, beautiful clothes in natural fabrics for women like me - who want to look and feel good; oh, and I value locally-made!

I can only do very small runs at the moment ( I am currently teaching full-time) but my hope is to help as many women as possible and to eventually devote myself full-time to designing for us.

I hope that you like what you see and thank you for visiting!

Sarah.

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Shop members

  • Sarah Bulkeley

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    A woman who has loved drawing and making since she could hold a crayon and a pair of kinder scissors.

  • Mabel

    Assistant

    A short tan/blonde lady who delights me with her energy and enthusiasm for helping out in the workroom. She wishes she could reach the cutting table! She is a deep thinker and is consulted at every step of the production process.

  • Daisy

    Assistant

    A raven-haired beauty who prefers to observe from afar. She is selective in the hours she puts in at Mabel and George but when working she is wide awake and keen to give her opinion. This usually involves a cuddle-break. She might be a deep thinker.

Production partners

  • Spoonflower

    Durham, NC

    Spoonflower digitally print my original textile designs onto the fabric for me. The stock fabrics they print on are just a beautiful quality.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 28, 2017
Hi and welcome to mabelandgeorge. My name is Sarah and I want to make your shopping experience as seamless as possible (pardon the pun) and for you to love your purchase. My priority is giving you great service and lovely products. I would welcome any helpful feedback so please don't hesitate to contact me.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Payment
I accept PayPal. You can use Paypal even if you don't have an account with them. For Australian customers, direct deposit is also available. Please contact me for details.
Shipping
Items are shipped world wide via Australia Post, unless otherwise requested.
Australian orders are sent via regular post, international orders are sent via Air Mail.

** It is difficult to calculate precisely the cost of shipping (ie. particular countries, buying more than one item etc) If the ACTUAL cost of the shipping is less than what you have paid I will of course refund the excess to you via Paypal.

If you require expediated shipping or insurance, please contact me and I can provide a quote for you.

Any additional customs charges are the responsibility of the customer. Thank you. Sarah.
Refunds and Exchanges
I really hope that you love your purchase but in the unfortunate circumstance of there being a problem with it (including sizing) , please contact me within 7 days of receipt of goods. We can make an agreement for return and refund.

I am happy under such an agreement to refund the cost of your purchase MINUS the shipping costs.

Please ensure that the item is returned to me within 14 days, unworn and in excellent condition.

The cost of return shipping will also be the responsibility of the customer.