Outback Wife – Gertrude Made Barkcloth

A gorgeous dress made in Elaine Purple - Outback Wife - Gertrude Made
A gorgeous dress made in Elaine Purple by Gertrude Made

Outback Wife – Gertrude Made.  Outback Wife is the debut collection of Cathi Bessell-Browne, the hands and heart behind Gertrude Made.

Outback Wife - Gertrude Made
Mary dress – we think the Christine Haynes Emery Dress would work perfectly for this!

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. Continue reading “Outback Wife – Gertrude Made Barkcloth”