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Made In Preston

Although some would consider having a larger bust something of a blessing, I must admit that I've always considered it more of a curse.  Expensive underwear (no sub £30 bras for me), thick, three eyelet bra straps that never seem to look pretty or feminine, blouses that gape at the bust and clothes that always seem to be made for smaller chests.

These days, we live in a world where clothes are generally mass-produced, and designed for a body type that rarely seems to exist in reality.  In years gone by women made their own clothes, based on their own measurements.  These days we have to make do with a 'one size fits all' in terms of the shape or silhouette of items of clothing and larger (or even average) busts seem not to be accomodated.

These are precisely the sorts of frustrations that award-winning entrepreneur Nikki Hesford (whom you may have seen on Dragons Den last year with her previous company BigBraBar) intended to tackle when she set up 'Made In Preston', which makes 'fitted fashion for bigger boobs', all designed, produced and packaged in Preston.  All of their clothes are made from start to finish by their skilled machinists, and sizes run from a size 6 to a 16 with each dress size then having three further size options depending on bra size, up to a J cup.  I don't know where to begin with the reasons why I love Made in Preston, from Nikki's personal journey to being an amazing businesswoman and the work she does volunteering, mentoring and speaking about entrepreneurship, to the fact that the brand helps local unemployed people and is committed to keeping skills and jobs in the local area.  It's a really good feeling to know that you're supporting a brand with so many commendable values.

With their clothes being so bespoke, and produced in Britain, you might think that the price points would be higher, but they're actually incredible reasonable, with all current stock between £35 - £45.  They have some really lovely items - their Aztec Playsuit is going on my wishlist!

I was kindly sent the black peplum, silver panelled dress (£45) to review and I'm thrilled to bits with what they picked (and made!) for me.  The pictures really don't do it justice (apologies for my grumpy face in the second one!) It fits like a glove and felt amazing to have a dress that goes in and out in all the right places!

dress: made in preston* £45 | shoes: jeffrey campbell [old]
I highly recommend Made In Preston to any of my bigger-busted blog readers - I'll certainly be snapping up some more of their items in future.  £45 is a very small price to pay for an item of clothing that's built to my measurements and a slice of good old British manufacturing.

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13 comments

  1. As a smaller busted (sub A cup at times) lady I have often envied those with a bigger bust...there's a happy balance I guess! x

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  2. Love this post. I'm in exactly the same boat and sometimes I get really fed up with pretty dresses and playsuits that don't accommodate for those of us who have a bigger bust.

    I'll definitely be checking that website out - thanks!

    Laura
    http://lauraloveandliquor.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Wow Rosie you look stunning! Twit twoo!
    Sophie
    X

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  4. Oh my gosh this company could be made for me. I have been graced (although I don't think so!) with a bigger bust and it's the one thing that won't go away even if I lose weight. I struggle to buy pretty blouses, and buying bras is a chore and not enjoyable at all. I'm going to check out Made In Preston right this second and I have a sneaky suspicion I will be placing an order. You look absolutely beautiful! x

    LittleGlitter.org

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  5. You look lovely Rosie! That dress is gorgeous! xxx



    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. You look especially lovely in these photos- your skin is glowing! Great to hear about these clothes for the more curvaceous amongst us too- I'm definitely going to check out their site. xxx

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  7. You look absolutely stunning! You have a gorgeous figure and this dress really shows it off. Embrace the bigger bust - mine is certainly on the smaller side and there have been many days I've longed to swap!

    Flora
    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. The fit of this dress is babalicious! Look at your teeny wee waist!x

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  9. Ooo I'm super excited about this brand...I always struggle to get clothes to fit me. Can't believe I've never heard of them...they're only down the road from me! The dress looks fab on you :)

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  10. pretty much love everything about this brand, my pepperberry dress is one if the best fitting ones I have and they do a similar thing with three different sizes. Love the playsuit and the bralets would be fun for a festival x

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  11. You look awesome. I'm not sure what you've done differently with your make-up but I really like it!
    I won't be able to try out Made in Preston for myself being one of those cursed with the opposite problem (do you know how many wedding dresses I stood and nearly cried in because I have the top half of a little girl!) I like the sound of what they're doing and hope that more manufacturers go that way. I can't believe how much of a struggle it still is to buy jeans in different leg lengths!
    x

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  12. It looks absolutely amazing on you! Your figure is gorgeous :)x

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  13. Wow you look stunning, this dress was made for you!

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