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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kowtow Clothing - ethical fashion

It's been over a month since I posted - in this time my gorgeous daughter Francesca (Frankie) was born so things have been busy to say the least.  So, with some time on  my hands between feeding this post is about about a New Zealand label called Kowtow - of which I just bought a pair of funky pants (see pic) yesterday on my morning walk!  (it's great to be able to get back into trousers again!)  

Kowtow are all about fair trade, they use 100% certified fair trade organic cotton throughout their range.  Priced at a great price point, I will definitely be buying this label again.  Check out their unique collection here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fashion Fairground featured on

I am thrilled so see an article on the launch of Fashion Fairground's personal styling service here on Thread.   Every little bit of press helps to get the word out, so thank you Megan Robinson for featuring this piece. Also thanks to Wendy Brandon for shooting the photographs.

38 weeks pregnant, Stacey Gillies @ Fashion Fairground
Photography: Wendy Brandon

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to make an Envelope Cushion Cover

Envelope cushions/pillow covers are a great way to refresh the decor in a room, no need to deal with the hassle of inserting a zip.

My recent project was this little rectangular, pale pink cushion with pom pom trim.

What you need to start with:
  1. Cushion inner
  2. Fabric (and suitable trim, if desired)
  3. Cotton
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins
  6. Tape measure
  7. Sewing machine 
  8. Iron
1) First you need to cut your fabric - measure your cushion insert and add 2 cm to all sides (to allow for the seam), cut and set aside.  This is going to be the front.

2) Then cut another piece of fabric using the same width as the front piece but add 6cm to the length.

3) Cut this piece in half.  These 2 back pieces should now match the size of the front piece - check this by laying the pieces on top of the front piece and you will see the envelope effect.  They will overlap each other.

4) Neatly sew one edge of both the back (half) pieces.

5) Now lay all pieces together - good side of fabric facing inwards and pin together.

6) Sew along the edges, snip off any loose thread.

7) Turn the cover the right way and insert your cushion innner.


If you want to add a trim like I have, then you need to sew this onto your front piece after step 1.  Note - this is quite fiddly!

To see this in action, here is a Youtube clip that I referred to.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fashion Fairground answers some questions for

I was given the opportunity by New Zealand organisation, Professionelle to answer some questions on how to dress while pregnant in the corporate environment.   Professionelle aims to provide professional development for working women at all stages of their careers and is a great source of information and inspiration.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fashion Fairground styling services in Auckland

Fashion Fairground is a fashion styling service offering a unique and fresh perspective to clients. We cater to everyone, including pregnant and post-baby body shapes, delivering honest advice and direction.  Our approach means you can work with us for as much or as little as you need.

  • Understand your body shape and how to best complement it.
  • Learn how to dress your pregnancy bump and post baby body.
  • Guided shopping (including online and recycled options).
  • Find the perfect outfit for that special occasion.
  • Create a new style/image.
  • Advice on career dressing.
Our simple step-by-step process allows you to work with us for as much or as little as you need:

  1. Consultation - An initial meeting enables us to get a sense of your lifestyle, body shape, what you want to achieve, your pain points and budget for your new image/wardrobe.  A written brief forms the basis for further discussion.  (Free, max 1.5hrs)
  2. Wardrobe Edit - A full wardrobe edit (including accessories and footwear) to assess what works for your body shape and colour, where you have gaps, and what needs updating. ($80p/h, min 1 hr)
  3. Recommendation - Based on the information gained from the initial consultation and from the assessment of your wardrobe edit, a concept board is created which recommends an appropriate style and some key pieces to achieve your look. ($80)
  4. Guided Shopping - A guided shopping session taking direction from your concept board and budget. This can include online shopping. ($80p/hr, min 2 hrs)
  5. Mix and Match (optional) - In this final step we provide guidance on how to wear new pieces with your existing wardrobe to create even more outfit options for you. Photographs are taken to capture your new looks. ($80p/hr, min 1 hr)
To check out a selection of past styling projects check out our Pinterest board here.

Please contact Stacey on Auckland, 0210 297 9065 or for further information or to make an appointment.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fashion Fairground Launches Personal Styling Service

I’m excited to announce that after a year and a half of working on various voluntary styling projects, I have decided to take the next step by offering my services professionally as a personal fashion stylist under my blog name Fashion Fairground.
Having had requests from various people over the years and now armed with experience gained in editorial, costume, television and personal styling, I’ve decided it’s time to offer my advice in a more serious manner.
Like booking a hair stylist, engaging the services of a fashion stylist should be just as accessible. The aim of Fashion Fairground’s styling service is to bring a fresh perspective to clients providing honest advice and direction while allowing them to choose as much or as little guidance as they need, to their budget and time frames.
Added to this, I now have an understanding of dressing a pregnant body shape so this will also be a focus of my work.
Please share this post with those you feel would be interested in hearing about this new service. 
Thank you!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Women in Clothes

My summer read is "Women in Clothes" by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and many others.

This book is a fascinating read and has insights from over 600 women about why they dress like they do, what makes them choose the clothes they do and how their clothes affect them.  The book began as a survey asking more than 50 questions designed to prompt woman to think more deeply about their individual style.  It looks at how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives.

If you like books on fashion, this one is a must have.