Fen and Flannel

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: DIY from Fancy Tiger Crafts pattern

Tights: Woolen Goods

Shoes: Gorman

Flannel’s nice, huh? Flannel PJs, flannel sheets. There’s just something about it that suggests warmth, comfort, lazy winter days. It’s definitely an indoor fabric, or at least that’s what I thought until I saw this brushed cotton from Japanese fabric designer Nani Iro.

It has the lovely soft hand-feel and warmth of a regular flannel, but the composition is 100% cotton and the elegant floral print ensures the dress looks more like a watercolour painting than a nightie.

It’s the second Fen dress that I’ve made using my new(ish) Fancy Tiger Crafts dress pattern. The first, made from a hemp-cotton linen, has been one of my favourites for months.

In deference to the chiller weather this flannel Fen dress has sleeves which (to be honest) I’m a little on the fence with. The pattern is already so boxy that the extra volume around the arms just seems to nudge it into OTT territory.

More successful was the piping that I added to the pockets:

Frocks and frou frouI haven’t used piping before, but it turns out it’s hilariously easy and adds just the right amount of definition to the low scooped pockets. I like it. I want to add piping to alllllll my pockets now.

Outfoxed

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Dandyrions

Shirt: Trenery

Skirt: Modcloth

Boots: Ziera

I bought these brown leather ankle boots from Ziera last week to replace my old pair from ARA (which have finally succumbed after years of faithful service). They’re fabulously comfortable, and warm to boot (pun not intended) so with Melbourne’s weather as frigid and wet I’ve been building my outfit every day from the ground up.

Boots, tights, and my favourite Breathtaking Tiger Lilies skirt pair nicely with this spotty shirt from Trenery, but the real hero of the outfit is my remixed Fox Stole cardigan.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe cardigan is just a basic wool-cashmere blended cardi from Woolovers, prettied up with an adorable fox-stole applique from Lisa of Dandyrions. You can buy pre-made fox cardigans, sweaters or tees from Dandyrions, but if you’re not confident about size, are working to a budget, or are a bit crafty I’d recommend getting the applique loose and applying it yourself. You can read more about the process in my original post.