December 29, 2015

2015 Roundup

I knew when 2015 started this was going to be my year.  I just had the feeling in my gut that it would be a year of healing (literally) and a great year for my business.  Both of which came true and have uplifted my life in so many great ways.

Personally,  I was on track to mend my left eye after having a cornea transplant in fall of 2014.  It was long, painful, expensive and at times full of tears but it was so unbelievably worth it.  I have regained my sight back in my left eye and I felt like I got part of my life back with it.  Up next is my right eye to have surgery on in 2016 but knowing more of what to expect this time around makes it all so much less scary and stressful.

Professionally is where 2015 really got to shine.  The year started off with being asked to participate in a long running Unmentionables lingerie fashion show put on by Siren Nation and the local brand/shop Altar.  I had never made lingerie before so I wasn't sure how I was going to do with it but I pulled it off and with that was the first collection for my shop in 2015.  We got amazing feedback from the audience at the show as well which boosted my confidence with the designs i had made.  The Intimates Collection launch was also the introduction of my best selling item the Diet Industry Dropout shirt!  Photos by Beth Olsen Creative and Klang Photography.

My next collection was a collaboration with one of my favorite people in the world.  My dear friend Courtney of The Glitter Thread.  She is a body positive blogger, writer, model and more.  We have been long distance friends for years but with her living in Ontario Canada we never got to see each other.  So when I came up with the idea to do a blogger clothing collaboration line with her as a perfect excuse to have her visit we jumped right on it!  

Courtney's style is very feminine/fantasy/regal so we played on that creating another best selling piece in my shop.  The Boleyn dress for the Curves Reign Collection.   Her visit was so much fun and we created such gorgeous work together.  I can't wait to work with her again in 2016!  Photography by Nicole Kondra

Something happened this year that I never expected in a million years but will forever be grateful for.   I got a text message from Plus Model Tess Holiday telling me that she was asked to do a shoot for People Magazine and that she wore a bodysuit I designed and had sent to her for the shoot!  I was thrilled that she would even consider wearing something of mine for a shoot and was looking forward to what they put together.  I also thought this would be a like 1 page feature in the magazine or the website as I had no idea what to expect till I woke up one morning to another text from Tess telling me she is on the cover of People Magazine and she is wearing my clothing!  I was dumbfounded and at a loss for words.  My little shop that I started and still till this day work from out of my apartment has had it's clothing on the cover of a People Magazine on an international plus size model!  Tess has always been a great supporter of my shop and dreams so when I say I love her and am eternally grateful to her for this opportunity, I mean it completely.  

I had been planning a big summer collection for months.  Wild prints, bright colors and just tons of pieces!  I got my best ladies on the job for modeling and photography.  And it was a smashing success and was my best selling collection on record for my shop!  The Summer Babe Collection!  Photos by Klang Photography

Another collaboration I did this year was with this amazing 90's inspired party girl, and my friend,  named Coco and she is a stylish fat babe to the max.  She runs some of Portland's best club nights like SNAP90's Dance Party.  And what does a party girl need more than anything?  A custom piece of clothing she asked me to make to become a staple piece in my shop!  Very mid to late summer we came out with the Coco dress and rencently came out with new colors for fall!  It's a skater dress make of gorgeous light weight mesh material perfect to wear with as much or as little as you like.  It was so much fun working with this girl. She is just fantastic!


I was asked to partake in the Alley33 fashion show which has been going on for years and is a staple for the Portland Indie designer scene.  A brilliant ready to wear fashion show held in the alley on 33rd and Hawthorne in SE Portland.  I jumped at the chance and was again the only plus designer in the show but was met with nothing but positivity! wrote up in their review of the show "Amelia Boutique headlined, but it was Chubby Cartwheels, a raucously fun line of plus-size designs, that seemed to steal the show."  I died of happiness.

I took a bit of a break and had an adventure over to England to visit family and friends for 2 weeks at the end of September for my 5 year wedding anniversary as well as my father-in-law's wedding.  It was such a magical adventure!

And once I returned back to reality I put together my final collection of the year.  It went out a bit later than I had hoped but it was still gorgeous and I got to meet and work with a beautiful model named Saucye West from San Fransisco.  She was a total delight and I loved working with her and my long time model Leigh for this project.

2015 you were amazing!