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Magpie Monday: Love, Lampshades & Louis Feraud

When I first heard about “Magpie Monday” at Me and My Shadow, I had every intention of joining in immediately. It’s taken me 3 months, but here is my first post…
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I bought this dress 2 years ago for £15, a big spend for me and…I HAVE NEVER WORN IT! Usually, this would fill me with guilt. I’m not the kind of girl who has unworn clothes in the closet – I refund with pride and sell old stuff on Ebay.
But this dress is different. Yes, it’s vintage Louis Feraud. Yes, I could sell it for a profit. And yes, I could do with the cash. But here’s the thing… I bought this dress when I was 6 months pregnant and had just moved to a new town. I was getting my bearings (navigation by charity shop being the most reliable way) when I happened upon it in perfect condition, in my size.
When I say “in my size”, I mean my pre-pregnancy size, possibly a bit snug over the bust. Obviously I’d have to wait a bit, until I’d lost the weight… But, like I say, I could always sell it on Ebay, if it didn’t work out between us.
I didn’t reckon on breastfeeding.
I’ve been breastfeeding now for 21 months. Not full time any more – I could easily wear something less easy access during the day, even a dress like this. Unfortunately, since I bought it, my boobs have grown 7 cup sizes, show no sign of deflating and I can’t zip it up past my waist.
I really should sell it to someone who can wear it. But I won’t, and these cute little embroidered lampshades are the reason why.
They were bought on impulse in a charity shop a decade ago. They cost me 50p and I didn’t know they were from IKEA. I bought them for my daughter. Except of course she didn’t exist then.
But dreams do come true, and this year my beautiful daughter will turn 2. I plan to decorate her bedroom to match the lampshades. Except her bedroom doesn’t exist yet. And nor does our house. But they will. I have the lampshades to prove it.
Chances are, I will never get to wear this dress, but I suspect it will stay in my wardrobe until my daughter is old enough to wear it. It carries all the excitement and wonder of my pregnancy and all the joys and frustrations of new motherhood and I just couldn’t bear to part with it.
About me: I adore charity shops, junk shops, car boot sales and everything else in between. I also love finding things that are preloved but “on trend” to sell on Ebay or Etsy. That thrill of getting it right and finding something unique that a stranger might treasure is exactly why I love my day job as a retail buyer.
MilkChic gives me the opportunity to indulge my passions with “Last Chance to Buy”, a selection of sale bargains, vintage and preloved fashion that’s ideal for breastfeeding. I get to list all those things that I can’t justify buying myself, wouldn’t suit me, or aren’t in my size. I’m afraid that if you’re a busty (and now milk-enhanced) hourglass size 12 who loves a pretty dress, you may need to search for yourself….
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11 thoughts on “Magpie Monday: Love, Lampshades & Louis Feraud

  1. lovely dress, love the vintage vibe. Well…I think you will eventually loose more weight and fit into this dress. I would keep it for myself if I were you.


  2. Beautiful dress and lampshades. I think you are right, hold on to what you love. You may well fit in to the dress again one day. I regret parting with a lot of my old clothes!

  3. Seriously beautfiul dress, seriously wonderfully volutupousness as a mum and very pretty lampshades. But better yet, you and how you explain it all.
    My finds appear weekly and today over at

  4. beautiful dress and still giggling about the 7 cup sizes!

  5. Hi there, always nice to meet a fellow vintage and thrifting addict! I'm not usually a big fan of Ikea, but I remember the folksy design on those lampshades and cushions, and really like them. Amazing dress, hope you get to enjoy it someday, even if vicariously through your daughter.

    My blog is all about my secondhand and vintage finds, pop over and say hi.

    Lakota x

  6. I am swooning over that dress, just beautiful.

  7. oooh, I have a clothing theme going on this week too for my magpie monday post.
    Its a fab dress and perfect for the weekend ahead celebrations! Hold onto it, you never know your daughter might just adore it.
    I Love, love, love those lampshades and remember seeing them in IKEA at the time but didn't have anywhere to put them.
    How lovely that you have these things for your dream rooms and home xx

  8. What a beautiful dress – perfect for a Royal Wedding party with those colours going on!

    I adore the lampshades too. Made me smile – I have stuff in my loft, just incase a son comes along!

    Thanks so much for linking up and joining in Magpie Monday. A very big welcome to you x

  9. That is a beautiful dress and I'm sure you daughter will be delighted with it when she's big enough to wear it – what a lovely idea to keep it for her. Love the lampshades too.

  10. 7 cup sizes!! Wow, that is some impressive growth!! Lovely dress, btw x

  11. Great to find your blog, 7 cups sizes, really wow! I never went up that much when I was feeding I could do with a couple of your extra cups now though!

    Love the dress too.

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