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Outback Wife – Gertrude Made. Outback Wife is the debut collection of Cathi Bessell-Browne, the hands and heart behind Gertrude Made.
I was lucky enough to spend some time with Cathi back in February, and listen to her story. Cathi lives in the rural Australian outback, and started making dresses from vintage barkcloth to help pay for her daughter’s healthcare. The support that the online community gave her led her to create this gorgeous collection with Ella Blue, due in to us in May 2017. This fabric is inspired by the beautiful floral barkcloth fabrics of the 1940’s and 1950’s, and each detail of this collection has been meticulously and seriously considered to create a range with an authentic vintage voice. Cathi wants to create fabric that’s not throwaway – you’ll love it today, and you’ll love it in years to come.
These stunning hand-painted floral designs printed on an exclusive cotton barkcloth base, tell the story of four Australian rural women, and we’ve put the links to them below, if you fancy a read. It’s also worth looking up Cathi’s instagram account, @gertrudemade for inspiring makes and beautiful dresses.
Outback Wife is an ode to the strength, passion and courage of rural women across Australia, and the full range of floral barkcloths is due in to us in May. We’ve had such interest in this collection that we’ve put it up for pre-order on our website now. It’s £28 per metre, and 150cm wide. If you order it today, we’ll ship it as soon as it arrives in to us in May.
You can find it here.