Yarra Glen Craft Market at The Racecourse

Yarra Glen Craft Market at The Racecourse
January 7, 2014 Lowana
In Events, Personal

Happy New Year to all my readers! I hope you all had a wonderful (and safe) festive week and that the coming year is a great one for you all. I spent my NYE with my husband and a small group of my closest friends. I nearly didn’t make it in time to celebrate as I busy sewing a silk corset (I often lose track of time when I’m working as I get quite determined to get a certain amount of work done). Aside from the regular new year’s resolutions, this year I’m endeavouring to get some ready-to-wear garments sorted and available to my dear customers, as well as updating my blog more frequently! There are loads of other things I’m working towards achieving but if I mentioned them all here it would make for a very long blog post. I’ve dived right into things already and on Sunday the 5th of January, I attended a local market and had a stall there, promoting my bespoke clothing service and selling a few small items.

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Me next to my stand at the market. My outfit of the day includes: the Housewife dress made by me/Vanyanís, Chantilly net lace stockings and Dainty’ heels in red (more burgundy in real life than red).

It was a lovely, warm and sunny day but I was thankful to secure a spot underneath cover (Melbourne weather can change drastically at any moment). The Yarra Glen craft market (or ‘Racecourse market as it is known among locals) is a huge affair with hundreds of stalls. The market this time was a bit quieter being after Christmas/New Years but there was still plenty of stalls and people about, enjoying the fresh air and atmosphere. Everything at the market is handmade and most of it is local. The market organizers don’t allow anyone to have a stand unless what they are selling is made (or grown) by them. I think this sets the market apart from other ‘trash’n’treasure’ type affairs as there’s a consistent quality to the market and its delightful to see the energy and passion the stallholders put into their products.

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Left: The Vanyanís stand and a sneaky shot of my dear friend and assistant for the day, Emmelie. Right: The other end of my tables and me with a bunch of pamphlets.
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The waistcoat and cravat I made my husband for our wedding, and the (yet to be officially photographed) corset I made and wore under my wedding gown. Both mannequins were birthday presents last year and I love them so much!

This was the first time I’ve had a stall at a market promoting Vanyanís, so it was a bit of an experiment but I’m glad I decided to do it as I had the opportunity to meet loads of people and introduce myself to the locals, most of whom weren’t aware of me as I’ve only recently moved to the town. So it was definitely worth it and I may do it again in the coming months. I was also the only one offering a custom clothing/corsetry service so I felt like I stood out a bit, which was good! It was also a pleasure to have several friends (Ruth, Joan, Tegan, Bridie and Juliet) drop by unexpectedly and say hello and lend some support. Thanks ladies!

I spent some time leading up to the market working on some cute cotton children’s hats. I really enjoyed making them as they’re quite simple in comparison to corsetry and it’s refreshing to do something different. I think in future I’ll make some more in different fabrics and even extend sizing up to adult sizes 🙂

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Left: Some girls hats I made for the market. Right: A small printed portfolio and the Wedding Bells magazine with my featured article.
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Left: In the corner, some fabrics to inspire garments and on the right some lovely children’s sun hats I made. Right: Emmelie and I. A massive thanks to her for all her wonderful help!
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Left: another view of my stand. Right: chatting about corsetry with some lovely ladies!
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A ‘selfie’ with Emmelie (who’s wearing her oriental brocade underbust corset, which I previously blogged about). I’m not a giant, I promise, there’s a table separating the two of us 🙂
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A front view of the garments on display with some printed photos, a small folio and business cards.

All in all it was a fun and happy day and I hope the rest of 2014 continues to be as fun and successful. If you’re interested in any of the garments shown in this post please feel free to enquire about getting one made especially for you.

Thanks so much for reading, you’ll hear from me again soon!

Xx
Lowana

Ps. If you haven’t heard already, I’m running a huge competition! There are three prizes and three chances to win! The winners will each receive a Gift Voucher which is redeemable to go towards your very own Vanyanís custom corset or garment! Entries close 21st of January 2014 8pm AEDST. You know what they say, you have to be in it to win it! Good luck 🙂

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