Designer of the Week - Nicobelle Design

Good morning my fabulous friends! I always get a little bit excited when I have the opportunity to review something pretty and pink. I think it’s partly due to the fact that I always enlist the help of a little girly girl who loves dressing up in something special and the smiles and twirls are somewhat infectious! Anyhoo, without further ado, I introduce our Designer of the Week, Nicobelle Design!

Nicobelle Design - Handmade Girls Dresses, Skirts, Clothing

The Product Review

The lovely item that we’re reviewing today is the Emily Knot Dress from Nicobelle Design. It features fresh summer colours in pink, lemon and lime as is made from a gorgeous mix of pure cotton fabrics with a fully lined bodice. So what’s to love about this dress? Where do I begin?

The knotted straps are adjustable which means you can change to fit your child’s height as they grow. It’s exceptionally well made, with tailoring perfection and a lovely fit. It washes well and comes up as good as new, and oh my, does it look pretty on a cheeky faced cherub! Last, but certainly not least, this is a design that works well paired with tee and tights for the cooler months making it every bit as versatile as it is pretty.

The Verdict… Beautiful, Bold and Breezy!

The Indie Label

Nicobelle Design was launched around 3 years ago when designer Fiona noticed that the stores were filled with mostly age-inappropriate outfits for her then six year old. She says, “Imagine a wall of black tartan pleated mini-skirts! After many discussions with friends who were finding the same, I decided to put my sewing skills into the marketplace and create my own label of girls’ clothing that was attractive, individual and age-appropriate – something that girls would love to wear and their mums would be happy to buy.  Having sewn for many years, it seemed like a great opportunity to get the cogs working again and run my own business from home”.

Fiona is Mum to two gorgeous girls aged 14 and 9, both of whom love to wear Mum’s creations. The name Nicobelle is a combination of Fiona’s daughters names, Nicola and Annabel.

The Creative Mind

As a child, Fiona spent many hours shopping with her Mum selecting ‘mix and match’ fabrics. She grew up wearing beautiful handmade clothes and has always been drawn to gorgeous fabrics. These days she loves to let the fabrics “tell her” how they should fit together. She says “Often a larger scale print screams to be made into a dress and batches of matching fabrics from the one collection look great teamed together as 3 tiered skirts.  I’m always on the lookout for interesting styles to incorporate into my designs – something as simple as an interesting sleeve shape or contrasting trim can make an outfit stand out from the others”.

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fascinating facts about Fiona (in her own words)…

  1. Before Nicobelle began, I spent many years doing mixed media art – using paint, inks, fibres, papers, metals and fabrics – to create books, small art quilts and textured wall hangings.
  2. I have a degree in teaching and a more recent post-graduate diploma in teacher librarianship, but have never actually used the latter.
  3. In the early 90s, I went to England for a 6 month working holiday and stayed for nearly 6 years, married my husband and three years later, brought him back to Brisbane to live!

The Handmade Collection

In the Nicobelle Design collection you’ll find dresses, skirts, tops and (soon) shorts in sizes 2-4-6-8 with size 10 to order in most items.  Later this year you will also see the addition of a baby range which will make its first appearance in the next month or so. To keep up with all the latest releases, you can join Nicobelle on Facebook.

Nicobelle Design - Handmade Girls Dresses, Skirts, Clothing

Nicobelle Design - Handmade Girls Dresses, Skirts, Clothing

Nicobelle Design - Handmade Girls Dresses, Skirts, Clothing

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