Miss Fortune is 10 years old! A celebration of our journey so far!

Get the party poppers out, Miss Fortune is 10 years old this month! Wooo! I just can’t believe it, how time has flown by!  In this blog I thought I would take time to look back over the journey so … Continue reading

Emma Lou for Miss Fortune at the Hemsby Pinup Pageant!

We were really excited to be involved in the Pinup Pageant run by Di Brooks of Outer Limitz at the Hemsby Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival again this year!

Our Pinup

Our contestant representing Miss Fortune this year was Emma Lou who has modelled for us in the past at the Americana International Rockin fashion Show.

Emma Lou at AmericanaEmma Lou, wearing our ‘One Fine Day’ Swing Dress at Americana International – July 2013.
Photo: Miss Rain Photography

The Contest Rounds

The 2 rounds of the contest were to have themes, the themes being ‘Barbie’ and ‘Classic Pinup’.  We got straight to work researching some classic Barbie outfits and images of classic pinups!


We decided to directly recreate 2 outfits from a classic Barbie outfit and a painting of a classic pin up.

For Barbie we picked one the outfits from the year Barbie was launched, 1959.  An outfit called ‘Cotton Casuals’.

For the classic pinup we looked Gil Elvgren, master of the pinup painting!  You can see more of his work here and see some of the original photos the paintings were inspired by:
The painting we chose was the 1949 “I’ve been spotted”.


Barbie & Elvgren inspiration

The Barbie Outfit

We were lucky to find just the right striped fabric for the dress!  We decided to customise the dress with red detailing and straps, it gives it a nautical feel, which we thought was nice for spring.

We went for a fitting with Emma Lou at the studios of Miss Rain Photography and had some photos taken after the fitting.

Finished Barbie Outfit

Barbie Outfit
Photos: Miss Rain Photography

The Classic Pinup Outfit

First up, we decided to change the colour of the outfit in the image to a super girly, baby pink/black.  Then there was the challenge of making the top from the painting ‘come to life’, as the way it is in the painting is slightly unrealistic for a real garment.

We decided to try and recreate the pose in the painting in the studio!

The classic pinup outfit

PIn Up Outfit
Photo: Miss Rain Photography

On With The Show!

With a few last minute tweaks to the outfits completed we packed them off with Emma Lou along with 9 packs of hair flowers and lollipops and hair flowers for the 9 contestants in the show.

Hiar Flower packs for the contestents

hair flowers

We didn’t get to go to the festival ourselves to see the show but here are some photos we’ve gathered from around the web!

Photo by Emma GoldingPhoto above by: Emma Golding

Photo by Linette Richardson

Photo by Daz Wilson
Photo by Daz Wilson

Photo by Daz Wilson
Photo by Daz Wilson

Daz Wilson 3
Photo by Daz Wilson

Photo by Amir Hadzipasic

Photo by Linette Richardson

Massive thanks to Emma Lou for representing us this year and to Di from Outer Limitz for putting on the show.  Big congratulations to the 3 ladies who won prizes!

Until next year! 🙂


To find out more about Miss Fortune check out:


Little Gem, representing Miss Fortune, Wins 2nd Place at Hemsby Pinup Contest!


It’s taken a little while to find the time to post this but we are chuffed to bits to say that model, Little Gem, won 2ND prize, while representing Miss Fortune at the Hemsby Rock ‘n’Roll festival weekender!  We’re so chuffed!

Facebook Cover photo 8 gem hemsby

We didn’t get to go the show ourselves to see the contest but have been fortunate enough to get a few shots back from Pyramid Clicks photography and others attending the event.

Little Gem at Hemsby      Pyramid Clicks 3
Here she wears her first round “beachwear” outfit and poses with here lucky dip prop, a teddy bear.

Pyramid Clicks 1a
Here Gem lines up with all the other contestants in their evening wear outfits, shortly before the prize giving.

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The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners at the end of the show.

We have also done a little studio shoot with Miss Rain Photography to really capture the outfits.

This is first playsuit I made Gem, just for fitting purposes and to check how she liked the design.  We did this back in march.  I love this colourway but it’s maybe a bit too subtle for a pinup contest
Playsuit fitting

Then for the final design which we photographed after the contest.
Final PlaysuitFinal Playsuit

Playsuit Final comp 3
We decided the skirt reveal would add a fun element to the pinup contest 🙂

Finally, the evening dress in all it’s glory!

Evening Dress

Evening Dress 5

Evening Dress 7

It was really fun getting to do a playsuit and an evening dress which I’ve never previously made and also an interesting process, working with Little Gem on the concept and design and then making the bespoke outfits for her.  She was really great  to work with and did us proud at the show!

This Week At Miss Fortune: Denim Swing Trousers Re-stocked & Hemsby Piup Contest!

This week at Miss Fortune ….

Denim Swing Trousers Restocked!

We have just restocked both colourways of our Denim Swing Trousers, a great wardrobe staple with a flattering cut!

Denim Swing Trousers
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Hemsby Pinup Contest This Weekend!

We really are green with envy at all the folk heading off to Hemsby Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender this weekend!  If you’re going be sure to check out the Pinup Contest as our very own Little Gem is representing Miss Fortune in 2 bespoke, never before seen outfits!  We had a lot of fun working with Gem to come up with the outfits and can’t wait to have some photos to show you!

We wish all the contestants the best of luck for the show and have sent them all a Miss Fortune voucher for being a fantastic bunch!

Miss Fortune Vouchers for the contestants


Find out more about Miss Fortune at: www.missfortune.co.uk

This Week At Miss Fortune: New Website Launched & Hemsby Pinup Contest!

This week at Miss Fortune ….

New Website Launch!

We are over the moon to say that we have finally launched our new website!
Our brand new Website!

Benefits of the new site:
* Bigger clothing photos
* Better navigation
* More shipping options – including recorded delivery, next day delivery, international signed for and Airsure.
* More payment options
* The facility to ’email a friend’ with products they may be interested in.
* Link to our new Etsy shop where we sell samples and one-offs.
* For the first time our wholesale customers will have access to live stock levels.

Check it out at www.missfortune.co.uk


Hemsby Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender Pinup Contest!


The Hemsby Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender is treating is visitors to a Pinup Contest!

Each pinup in the show can be sponsored by a brand and we are chuffed to bits to announce that Little Gem will be sponsored by Miss Fortune for the contest!  We can’t wait to discus what outfits she will wear!

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If you’d like to go and cheer Little Gem and all the other lovely ladies on Hemsby is on 10-131th May 2013. www.hemsbyrocknroll.co.uk

Hemsby Flyer


That’s all for this week folks!