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Not because I’m clever, but because I’m soooooo damn determined!

Being able to share this print journey with you, from a photo taken by me on my iPhone, to a complete garment, is indeed a very special moment.

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Ordinary to Extraordinary.

This is a print journey that starts with an out of focus orange Gazania Daisy taken in my garden, and ends in a fabric print that I’m so incredibly proud of. I spent days figuring out a way to get to the final result, and I do think that I went to the moon and back…probably unnecessarily…but it was sooooo worth the result, considering I don’t really know very much about fabric design. What I do know though, is that you don’t have to be clever, you just have to be determined!

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Out of focus, Gazania daisy, about to embark on a very exciting editing journey.

So what to do with an out of focus photo? I’ve been incredibly lucky to be part of the iPhone Photography School, and have been introduced to so many amazing apps, that are available to us all via the App Store. As I was about to delete the photo, I changed my mind and converted the ‘bad photo’ to black and white. Violá, totally blown away, I loved that the sprinklings of pollen looked like glitter.

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Converted to black and white, now I’m sparkling.

Whilst playing around in numerous apps I tried a mosaic effect, but I realised that it’s very in your face, so I carried on experimenting, and then happened upon a grunge filter which was perfect.

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The journey to get to the mosaic print.

On my buying trips to Hong Kong, I used to see these kinds of prints, in these grunge colours, and I so yearned for somebody to import them into South Africa. I was just never able to get any of the importers to understand the need for these kinds of prints. Being able to design them myself, and print them, and then manufacture collections out of them, is down to pure determination.

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Grunge print.

I’m passionate about Roses and could quite happily put them on every future print. I took a photo of a beautiful pink rose in my garden, and put it through the same grunge process.

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Pink rose from my garden.

I then went on an editing journey that took a very long time, actually an insanely long time, because I’m such a perfectionist. I’ve come to realise though, that if I want perfection, I’m going to have to learn patience.

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From B&W to Grunge…because anything is possible.

Placing the roses perfectly in the lines of the mosaic was a mammoth undertaking, but I taught myself how to do it and this Grunge Rose print is the result.

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Dreamed by me, designed by me, printed by me…I love the sound of these words.

I’ve printed it in plain, and then I had some real fun with it in my numerous apps, and I came up with some fun prints by adding coloured hearts. Hearts and roses work really well for me, they make me happy.

Knowing that this process starts with a plain piece of white fabric, and in a couple of hours it’s printed fabric, and in another couple of hours, it’s a fabulous Plus size, Miracle shape top, makes me a very happy fabric designer, and an even happier fashion designer. I now have access to anything and everything I dream of, because if I dream it, I can now have it.

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Grunge print, Miracle shape top designed by Hayley Joy

 

❤ Hayley

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The endless possibilities of the Miracle Shape top.

I’m so proud of this incredibly rewarding shape. It allows me to accomodate all shapes and sizes, with the confidence that I need, to be able to convince my clients that I really do understand their needs.

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Miracle Shape top with Daisy detail.

So what exactly are the needs of a Plus size women? They’re actually pretty simple if you understand the requirements of a Plus size shape. Being Plus size myself, qualifies me to REALLY understand the needs.

When I started out designing this shape, the first thing that I created was a basic shape that had shape. In my experience on the floor in the store, I came to understand that we don’t put weight on in our shoulders, and we have a waist, yes we really do!

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Miracle Shape top in Multi coloured animal print.

I’ve taken this basic shape and interpreted many different styles onto it, and I love the response that they all get. This past Saturday in the store, really affirmed for me, how perfect this shape is for my market. I’ve built shape into the waist, and given the tummy, hips and behind the correct amount of swing, in order to flatter all shapes.

My reward for the commitment to attempting to accomodate all shapes and sizes is the gratitude received from all of you who wear this wonderful style.

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Miracle Shape top Zig Zag multi floral angle top.

We have a variety of different styles of the Miracle Shape top in store, and online at www.hayleyjoy.com.  I’m sharing some of my favourites with you.

❤️ Hayley

 

In my wildest dreams……

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Passionate for Prints.

If you’d told me two years ago when I designed the Miracle Shape top, that I would have built up a following of clients, who would respond the way you all respond, whenever I make a new collection of these tops, I don’t think I would have believed it.

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Production ready for retail.

It is a dream come true, to know that every time I go fabric shopping, and I put this incredibly rewarding shape into production, you all respond exactly as I dreamt it, with such gratitude.

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Pink Paisley miracle shape top.

It is such a privilege to be doing what I’m doing…every.single.day.
❤️ Hayley

In store now in a variety of prints.
Sizes M – 7XL
Prices from R799 – R899

Hayley Joy
Shop 10
Dunkeld West Shopping Centre
281 Jan Smuts Ave
Dunkeld
JHB
(At the back of the centre)
011 325-2488

New Season, New Shape, New Collection…it’s called Ethereal.

Exciting times in Hayley Joy production…we’ve been developing a new shape, the Hayley Joy Miracle Flare Top, to add to our Plus size Miracle top collection.

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A Top called Ethereal.

With this style, my brief to my production team was ‘Ethereal’, I wanted something floaty but flattering. The challenge is always to be able to size from a Small to a 7XL without losing the aesthetic. My commitment is that every style must be able to be produced in all sizes. I also wanted a different sleeve design, I wanted a beautiful floaty sleeve, that would look feminine, be flattering, and above all else, be cool.

Huge advantage to being the in-house model…I get to try all new samples on. I’ve tried it on, and it’s a winner. I loved the feel of this top and I know you’re going to love it.

❤️ Hayley

The simplicity of the Hayley Joy Miracle Shape top.

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Black and White Spot, Miracle Shape top.

How do I explain to you via a social media post, how incredible the fit of this very simple Plus size, Miracle Shape top is? The best I can do is post this photo, and tell you that after all these years, I still marvel at how the simplest of fabrics and designs still have the ability to blow me away.

When I first tried it on, my instant reaction was…wow look at how much shape I have, even after a ‘bit of a fall off the weight bus, winter’…eeeek!!
The fabric is definitely the reason for the wonderful fit. It is lightweight and has a slinky feel to it, but it doesn’t cling.

I’ve kept the design very simple and am letting the fabric shine this time. If you’re looking for a simple, casual, comfortable top for everyday, this is it.
For those of you who have already bought it, thank you for the feedback and I’m glad you are enjoying the simplicity and comfort.
❤️ Hayley

Sizes S – 7XL
Price: R699 (S-4XL)
R750 (5XL-6XL)
R799 (7XL)

Illusions created by Diagonals for Plus Sizes.

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Pink and Grey Animal print Overvest with black Undertop.

In my never ending attempts to create slimming illusions, I have come to really appreciate the power of diagonal lines. With each new design I get to see how much slimmer I can make you look, by combining complimentary fabrics, and playing with interesting and flattering angles.

This fabric posed a challenge, as it actually has distinct horizontal lines that are set widely apart, which is not flattering for Plus sizes at all. Hayley Joy production and I pushed the boundary somewhat, and cut the panels in such a way, that you don’t notice the stripes. I soooooo love that we  can do that!! It’s one of the many advantages of me having my own production facility, we can play around with concepts that would never be entertained by a CMT factory, and if they did, it would be way to expensive. It doesn’t always make good business sense because it takes that much longer to hand cut, but I really loved the fabric and knew we could make a plan.

This multi fabric mesh overvest is in store now, and works perfectly paired with a plain black short sleeve Miracle undertop.

❤️ Hayley

Sizes S – 6XL
Price R899 for the Overvest, R599 for the Undertop.

 

My extra kilos are important…

I’m at such a wonderful place in my shaping journey, and it’s these Miracle top styles, that continuously inspire me to push the shape boundaries. My commitment is always, that all styles in Hayley Joy retail, and on the future Hayley Joy online store, must be able to be sized respectfully from a S – 7XL.

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Black and White stars, Miracle shape top.

I’m so excited to present these new Winter Miracle tops. The fit of this top is tooooo fabulous. It’s the perfect shape for all sizes, but my true inspiration is how it fits and flatters Plus sizes. I think it’s the heavier weight fabric that gives it such wonderful body. It’s got a distinct shape in the waist, and even with my extra kilos that I’m carrying, I still feel really, really good in it.

 

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Denim Paisley Miracle shape top with leather detail.

This extra kilo thing seems to be a a ‘trend’ 😂 and in discussions in the store about this very topic, we unanimously agreed, that my extra kilos are very important, because they keep me focused on designing flattering styles for your extra kilos.
😂😘❤️ Hayley

Planning your holiday wardrobes.

Apologies for the lack of blogging. This month has been a crazy busy one in production. My fabulous production team have been sewing up a Miracle top storm, in anticipation of a crazy December. I love this time of the year, you’re all planning to go on holiday, and I’m planning your wardrobes.

We have made a new version of the Miracle Pan top, so many of you have asked for it, so I tweaked it a little and exactly what sold me on this top last year, is exactly what’s sold me this year, those side panels create the best illusion.

In store now.

Xxx Hayley

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Pan Top.
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Oil slick print for Pan tops.
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Pan Top.

New Miracle top collection.

HJ production has been very busy producing a new collection of Miracle tops. I have never loved selling a top, more than I love selling the Miracle top, it allows me to transform all different shapes and sizes, and that was always my ultimate dream. The two tops below are both designed on the Miracle shape, and there really isn’t much more to say, other than I’ve tried them both on, and they are soooooo flattering. The feel of the brown animal print fabric against the skin, is gorgeous, it is silky and yet still has body. It’s a weird combination, but I’ve loved working with it, because it translates perfectly into a Plus-size style.

Xxx H

Sizes M – 7XL

Price: Brown animal Miracle top R799

Price: Brown flower Miracle top R899

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Brown animal Miracle top.
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Brown flower miracle top.

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