Frocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou Frou  Dress: Lindy Bop (via Kitty Rose Couture)

Cardigan: Cocolatte

Shoes: Seychelles

I’ve heard a lot about Lindy Bop dresses around the traps, but I’ve never taken the plunge and ordered one. I don’t know why; the vintage styling, bold prints and bright colours have my name written all over them… They’re remarkably well-priced, the brand goes up to a UK size 26, and it turns out that the size 18 fits like it was made for me. Which is either good news or bad news, depending on how you look at it!

I spotted this one through the open door of Kitty Rose Couture as I was driving up Sydney Road and pulled over for a quick look. Just a look, you know. Then it was in my size so of course I HAD to try it on. And when I found out it was only $89… well, as you see.

Frocks & Frou FrouIt’s actually my, um, third blue and white polkadot dress. But it has smaller dots than my vintage polkadot dress, and it doesn’t have the piping and buttons of my polkadot shirt dress so I decided it was different enough. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

It’s a gorgeous dress made of a really heavy drill cotton, and fully lined. No pockets, but it does come with the removable belt. The skirt has a great fullness to it, even without a petticoat and I love, love that the arm holes aren’t great huge gaping things that flash my bra all over the place.

Frocks & Frou Frou Meanwhile, back when I had my fringe I used to get told that I looked a little like a plus-sized version of Rachel Khoo. It probably had more to do with my obsession with cooking and our shared Eurasian heritage than anything else, but I have to admit I was tickled to find a picture of her wearing this exact dress during a photoshoot for her – wait for it – visit to Melbourne.

Rachel Khoo n LilliSnap!

DIY: Made-it-Myselfcloth

Frocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou FrouCardigan: Glassons

Shirt: Princess Highway

Skirt: DIY

Shoes: Softwalk via Shoebuy


So, I think you probably know by now how much I love Modcloth’s Breathtaking Tiger Lilies skirt. The fit, the style, the comfort… In fact the only negative is that the fabric of the skirt isn’t of a particularly high quality and can be prone to pulls.

Well, my much beloved mustard incarnation of Modcloth’s signature midi skirt has finally rubbed up against one too many rough surfaces and I decided that since I’d added the burnt orange to my wardrobe I could maybe…. maybe…. try taking it apart at the seams and frankensteining up my very own Breathtaking Tiger Lillies Skirt out of a fabric with a bit more longevity.

I decided on this lovely heart-print fabric from Darn Cheap Fabrics because it had a similar drape and weight as the original fabric. Plus also the deep berry colour. And, you know, the hearts.

First things first I took to the seams of my mustard skirt with a sharp pair of scissors:

Modcloth Remix 1I decided to skip the pockets for the sake of simplicity, so in the end I only had three pattern pieces: The front of the skirt, the back of the skirt (The Modcloth skirt has two pieces, but I just cut one on the fold) and the front waistband. As I suspected only the front of waist band was interfaced, the rear was folded over a band of elastic, making it an easy remake.

Modcloth Remix 2As I was unpicking the waistband from the pleated front I made sure I marked each fold so that I could line them up with the folds I wanted to create in the heart fabric. Once I’d pinned them up I basted them in place all ready to attach the waistband.

Modcloth Remix 3I cut a piece of wide elastic long enough to fit snugly around the back half of my waist, then folded the waist of the back piece of skirt over the top. I basted the end of the elastic in place to ensure it didn’t come loose then sewed the rest of the folded fabric down around the elastic making sure I didn’t catch the elastic in the seam. At the other end I gathered the fabric up around the elastic then basted then other end into place as well.

I applied interfacing to the wrong side of my waistband fabric, then right sides together I sewed the waistband piece to the front panel of my skirt fabric.

Modcloth Remix 4To attach the two skirt pieces together I lined up the seam attaching the front waistband with the skirt with the seam on the folded waistband at the back and sewed the side seams down the length of the skirt.

Modcloth Reix 5To finish the waistband I just had to fold the front waistband down to line up with the top of the back waistband and sew it carefully into place.

One of the things I really liked about the original skirt was the way it looked with its woven belt, so I decided to include the belt loops in my remade version.

Modcloth Remix 6It was a simple case of sewing very narrow rectangles of fabric down the long length right sides together, then turning the little tubes outside in and attaching them to the front and back of the waistband, and voila! My belt stays in place around my the waist of the skirt.

Frocks & Frou FrouI am very very chuffed with my new Me-Made Modcloth Remix, it feels and looks very like the original.

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