Ruching, I love you.

Ruching, also sometimes spelled “rouching” and pronounced “roo-shing”, from the noun “ruche” is defined as: a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing a dress. 

Ruching has gained popularity in fashion design in recent years, particularly in the body and hip area of dresses and tunics, and it’s a technique I know many of us have embraced. While we are making advances in the area of confidently showing our curves along with our lumps and bumps, notably a protruding belly outline (called #VBO in the world of plus size bloggers for Visible Belly Outline), some of us may still be more comfortable with some camouflage around our mid-section to minimize the belly outline. And that’s ok too, because it’s all about what makes you feel good, body positive movement aside.

For me, it depends on my state of mind (and level of confidence) at the time I’m considering a certain dress, for a certain event or activity. It fluctuates, and that’s ok. Sometimes I’m totally ok with a bold curve-hugging, unapologetic fit, and sometimes I am looking for a little help from some good ol’ ruching.

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This dress, the Zuri Plus Size Bodycon by SWAK Designs (Sealed with a Kiss Designs), does the trick. And to find it on a casual, cotton jersey dress like this is nice. With an asymmetrical hem design, this casual style actually allows you to feel kinda fabulous even if it’s just to run some errands.

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The shoulder straps are totally bra-friendly and the round neckline reveals the tiniest bit of décolletage without being too sexy for a daytime look.

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I envisioned it with the gorgeous and slightly dramatic Terri Chiffon Duster, also from SWAK, to provide some colour contrast. Isn’t it perfect?!

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It’s the kind of piece you wear as an accessory, and I feel so chic in it. I brought the mint colour in with a simple pastel chainlink necklace, and the pweter boho chic bag by Coach was just so “ladies who lunch”.

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And for shoes, a neutral like these light brown studded sandals are fine because they do not compete with the dominant colour palette.

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The Zuri Bodycon Dress also comes in black, and if there are any left, teal. Hopefully SWAK will keep offering this cut, perhaps with sleeves for Fall, in new colours.

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And the Terri Chiffon Duster also comes in the lovely multi print.

 

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Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo for snapping these great pictures for me, and lending me her gorgeous Coach bag.

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Zuri Bodycon Dress by SWAK

Terri Chiffon Duster by SWAK

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


Copyright SassyPlus 2015 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blogger

 

#GetYourSexyOn Fashion Show by SIZE SEXY CLOTHING

Can I say EPIC? What about ELITE? Tierra Sedgemore, creator of #sizesexy clothing delivered an upscale, curve rocking show to remember on Sunday, May 3 at The Uptown Loft in Toronto, Canada and I’ve got the inspiring review for you right here.

Tierra quoted,

If you want to go fast, go alone. if you want to go far, go together. – by Robin Jones Gunn

And that’s exactly what she did. With a team of professionals, models, friends and supporters alike, Tierra’s show presented a designer (MiniMaxiMidi), a boutique (SexyPlus) and her new line of #sizesexy apparel.

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Tierra Sedgemore, creator of SIZE SEXY Clothing

I arrived with this handsome guy (husband Howard), and went straight backstage since I was lucky enough to have been invited by Tierra to present my collection at her show.

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My dress above by Ashley Stewart (2014), bolero by SexyPlus, necklace by Target, and wedge sandals, the most comfortable I’ve ever owned, by Le Chateau (2012).

Photographer Rebecca of Rebecca Northcott Photography had already been busy busy capturing the backstage buzz and the pre-show ambiance.

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Model Jennifer Lynn Neyra being styled by Hair by Krystal @shyeggyrlpro

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Model Kaity Wuebbolt @kmw_plus

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Model Shannon Thompson @shannon_thompson1 having makeup done by Victoria’s Salon

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Fashion Show choreography by Ophilia Alleyne @ophiliaskurves

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The Uptown Loft, Toronto

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I couldn’t resist the #sizesexy martini which was SO delicious!

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Guests started to arrive, including industry professionals and bloggers.

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Bloggers Jessica @jesskuuh and Erica @ericaexposed

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Middle: Business Coach and Mentor Kike @kikeodusanya and Right: host and producer of Nikki Clarke Show Nikki @nikkiclarke31

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Middle: Blogger Thera @thera_cloud14

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Show guests Vanessa @vanessamartistry and Selina @selinaciccia

Blogger Irene of @petiteplusmeow and Designer Carmen

Blogger Irene of @petiteplusmeow and Designer Carmen

Blogger Karen of Your Big Sister's Closet @bigsiscloset and Curvy Canadian @curvycdn

Blogger Karen of Your Big Sister’s Closet @bigsiscloset and Curvy Canadian @curvycdn

Stephanie Joseph @quotidian_me and creator of Natural Hair and Beauty Show

Stephanie Joseph @quotidian_me looking mac dapper and creator of Natural Hair and Beauty Show

Jill Andrew of the Body Confidence Canada Awards @bodyconfidencecanadaawards

Jill Andrew of the Body Confidence Canada Awards @bodyconfidencecanadaawards

The fashion show coordinator, choreographer and SIZE SEXY brand ambassador Ophilia from Ophilia’s Kurves, was cool as a cucumber ensuring all elements for a flawless runway performance were in place. Her attention to detail, and caring nature ensured not only a flawlessly executed show, but also that the models were taken care of and had food and refreshments.

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Ophilia of Ophilia’s Kurves @ophiliaskurves

SIZE SEXY Clothing was available for purchase…

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The evening’s charismatic MC Nikki Morgan kept the energy high and kicked off the show with a spoken word performance by her talented brother, Dwane Morgan who urged us all to love women for everything they are, and not only for their “parts”. This was quite moving and he delivered a powerful message with conviction.

MC Nikki Morgan @nikkiworldboss

MC Nikki Morgan @nikkiworldboss

Performer, poet and spoken word Dwayne @dwayne_morgan

Performer, poet and spoken word Dwayne @dwayne_morgan

The fashion show segment exploded into gear with the latest collection by designer Annika featuring bold, beautiful and unique designs by MiniMaxiMidi.

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We were all so proud of Annika as she was led out by plus model Ro Reid.

Model Ro @iamroreid with designer Annika @minimaximidi

Model Ro @iamroreid with designer Annika @minimaximidi

Next up, signers Trish and Kim Davis hypnotized us all with their voices and stage presence, with music by DJ Pete Funk. They’re gonna be famous!

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I’m a little partial to the next segment, which was the SexyPlus Clothing fashion show, because as the owner of this boutique I am always blown away, and so tremendously proud when I see my collection coming down a runway, and experiencing the contagious confidence of the incredible models. All styles shown below are available at http://www.sexyplusclothing.com, in store at 5100 Maingate Drive, Unit 14 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 905-625-0813.

Click on the images to follow these plus size models and #beautydiversity advocates.

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It just takes my breath away. Curves are so beautiful. Curves make the woman.

Plus model Tarah leads me down to take a bow

Plus model Tarah leads me down to take a bow

Click here for the SexyPlus Clothing segment video.

Tierra’s very own beautiful Mommy wins the dance off competition!

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Then, what we had all been waiting for, the pièce de résistance of the evening, the new collection by SIZE SEXY Clothing!!! Tierra showcased new t-shirts, dresses, and new adorable bootie shorts!

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Tierra Sedgemore, creator of SIZE SEXY Clothing @tierrasedgemoresizesexy

To purchase SIZE SEXY Clothing, visit the new website www.sizesexy.ca. Support the movement by wearing the message and #getyoursexyon!

Follow SIZE SEXY on Facebook here, on Twitter here and on Instagram here.

Finally, I would like to personally thank Tierra for including me/SexyPlus Clothing in this historical evening, and to all the models for their time, hard work, devotion to the industry, and of course, for their fabulous curvy bodies because there would be no show without them!


It took an incredible team of professionals and a lot of hard work and passion to deliver this evening of excellence. In addition to those mentioned above, these amazing people made the evening as special as it was.

Photography by Rebecca Northcott Photography

Makeup by Nadia TamaraLee & Amanda- Victoria’s Salon

Hair by Krystal @shyeggyrlpro

Cupcakes by nix cupcake fix

Video by Yung Graphics

Venue The Uptown Loft

Models: Elle Brown, Jennifer Neyra, Josie Vida Amoor, Kaity Wuebbolt, Kyra M-G, Nadelle Lewis, Ro Reid, Sarah Taylor, Shannon Thompson, Tarah Lynn, Vanessa Amilia, Caterina Moda, Paula Trelawni.

Love, SassyPlus Stef

Copyright SassyPlus 2015 – All rights reserved.