Monday, 30 March 2015

How to layer up your cotton skirts & dresses for the cooler weather

The weather is starting to turn and for some of us it means that the clothes we loved all summer are starting to be not quite enough in the mornings and evenings. 

Of course a similar but reverse situation is happening for those people in the northern hemisphere who are coming out of winter.

I usually wear my Minnie + Ree dresses and skirts all year round. The important thing is to add layers - long sleeve tops, cardigans, jumpers/jerseys, slips, tights, boots, scarves, jackets, coats ...

Here's a couple of photos from the beautiful Stephanie showing how she wore Minnie + Ree clothing during the cooler months.

Our reversible skirts are more cool-weather-friendly with their double layer of fabric. And the last of the very popular Poppies ones are a good colour for autumn/winter ...

Poppies reversible skirt
And here's a couple of suggestions for the Belle frock:

Belle frock with denim jacket

Belle frock with linen duster coat
And of course you can always wear your Belle frock with your favourite (falling to pieces but I still love it) cardi!

A final autumnal pic ...


Friday, 20 March 2015

What's a tea length skirt and do you have one?

Have you noticed that longer skirts are around a lot more now? I’m often asked for a longer length skirt and so started working on a midi length skirt pattern a while ago. But then I discovered that I was using the wrong phrase, oh darn! Yes, what I meant to say is that I have now made some tea length skirts.

HERE they are:
 Tea length skirts by Minnie + Ree
Tea length skirts by Minnie + Ree

A tea length skirt falls about half way between your knee and ankle or maybe a bit longer. It's a very flattering length if you don't like to show too much leg. Here's a great compilation pic showing how to style them for the different seasons.
(from the Denver Post blog and includes H&M, Asos, Forever 21)

midi skirts

And here’s a few famous people wearing tea length skirts. Enjoy!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Clarissa wears Minnie + Ree

Who is Clarissa you may ask.  Well she is the hard working mannequin at The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things in Napier.  Clarissa chooses outfits from the shop and she styles Minnie + Ree designs in really cool ways.  All the clothing is available in the Department. Here are some pics of her choices...

Doesn't she look great?  The Department is HERE if you are visiting Napier - 14 Hastings Street, near the Cathedral. Or you can find Minnie + Ree at Underground Market on Wellington's waterfront on Saturdays or ONLINE.


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Wearing Minnie + Ree 3

Here's the final compilation of photos of people wearing Minnie + Ree.  I have so enjoyed putting these together!

If you have photos and would like to be a Famous Model - please email them to minnie.faux at and I will add them to this beautiful collection.  Thank you to all my lovely models!!


Friday, 6 March 2015

Wearing Minnie + Ree 2

Here are more lovely women wearing Minnie + Ree.  The process of putting these photos together is really making me aware of how far I have come with these designs.  My wicked plan to clothe women in colourful and comfortable styles is coming together nicely.  Take that Wear-Black-Everyday-Uniform!!!

Today's photos are women wearing the Belle Frock.  Belle is very comfortable to wear in hot weather because it is made from cotton and cotton breathes. You can keep everything you need for the day in the huge feature pockets.  Dress Belle up with great shoes/sandals or just wear your jandals/thongs/flip flops.  In winter you can add a slip, long sleeve top underneath, cardigan, jacket, tights and boots.

You can check out current Belle Frock colours and prints HERE or click on the photos.

Belle pretending to be a hobbit

Belle Frock in Sydney

It's easy to find your size - we only have two sizes SMALL and AVERAGE which fit most women. Here's the size explanation from the website:

Like all Minnie + Ree clothing there are two sizes for the frock. Either SIZE Average - fits Aus/NZ 14-16-18. This is approx US 10-14. Or SIZE small is Aus/NZ 8-10-12 which is approx US 4-6-8.

The most important thing for the fit of this dress is that it fits across the bust. There is a drawstring inside the back of the dress so you can put the dress on inside out and get a friend to tighten it so it fits perfectly. Bust measurements are approx 33 - 37" (83-93cm) for a Small and 38 - 45" (96-115cm) for the Average.

I'm loving these pics!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wearing Minnie + Ree 1

It's been a while since I've shown real people wearing Minnie + Ree clothing so here's a compilation of photos.  I still LOVE it when I see someone wearing clothing I have made ...

This collection of photos is from various markets. All are wearing snap wrap skirts in beautiful colours and patterns. All skirt fabrics are cotton and they all have the adjustable snap fastening.

The choices of colours and prints is always changing.  You can check them out on our website HERE

Remember that it's easy to find your size - we only have two sizes SMALL and AVERAGE. Here's the sizing info from our website:

This cotton skirt is FLEXI-SIZED due to the snaps that close it across the front. Snaps are 5cm (approx 2 inches) apart and you can change size by closing more or less snaps. 

There are two SIZES for the skirt. Size AVERAGE fits Aus/NZ 14-16-18. This is approx US 10-16. Size SMALL is Aus/NZ 8-10-12 which is approx US 4-6-8. See Size Chart above for more details or check the measurements in the listing.

The waist measurement at smallest size starts at about 28" or 72 cm and at its larger size goes to about 40-42" or 102-107cm. That still leaves a respectable amount of fabric to cross over!

The snap wrap skirt is knee length. Actual length is about 23 inches (58 cms). The Katydid skirts are about 33 inches (84 cm) long at the front.

The cut is an A-line and like all Minnie + Ree clothing is cut for the straight figure.  If you have an hour glass shape with a tiny waist this skirt will not fit you well (the waist will gape) and you may need your dressmaker to put darts in the back. 

I'm having heaps of fun compiling this pics - more soon!!