Pear-shaped

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Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

 So, I’ve picked up a couple of new dress patterns in the last couple of weeks, so this might be the last iteration of my favourite Colette Myrtle that you see for a while.

It’s the first time I’ve done the pattern half & half like I did my whale print Moneta, but I flipped the halves around, so the pattern was on the skirt, and the plain fabric on the bodice.

The pear fabric is another Spoonflower purchase from Mulberry_tree who also designed the fabric I used for my Frockatoo. I used a ponte for the bodice because it was the only knit fabric I could find that was the right colour, but I suspect it’s a bit too heavy in comparison to the softer “modern jersey” in the skirt, and doesn’t quite have the drape that works best with the Myrtle pattern. I’m on the look-out for a softer fabric, and if I can find some that’s suitable I’ll definitely be swapping them over some time in the future.

 Frocks & Frou FrouThe green in the pear print is perfectly matched with the Swedish Hasbeens clogs that I bought two years ago, and have been too scared to try and break in. This summer though. DEFINITELY this summer.

Frocks & Frou FrouSpeaking of summer, it’s well and truly skirts-and-dresses weather so once again I’m looking for those perfect chub-rub cures and there’s a couple of new anti-chafing shorts that I’ve been road testing for you:

TSBeigeHiRiseFront2_3ce9816f-b98a-42da-8387-20fe32c206e8_largeThe first is the new hi-rise shorts from Canadian brand Thigh Society. These are a seamless short made of a breathable fabric that boasts 4-way stretch so they’re comfortable rather than constricting. They have a moisture-wicking gusset made from a fabric called Sorbtek, which keeps you dry, even on the stickiest days. In the past I’ve tried the shorter leg length and have had a slight problem with them riding up during the day, but the new hi-rise shorts have an extra 1.5″ in the leg, and I was delighted to discover that it’s enough to totally eliminate any ride up on me. I can wear them under skirts and dresses for several days at a time and they don’t stretch out at all. They’re seamless, so they give a smooth line under skirts and dresses and the lack of seams means it doesn’t show under close-fitting clothes.

long-legSonsee, my all-time favourite tights company, has just expanded their range to include slips, bras, and (hurrah!) comfort shorts. Like their amazing tights range they have a huge amount of stretch and recovery, and they fit up to a size 28 comfortably. Like Thigh Society they’re available in a beige and a black and both a longer and a shorter length. I had a bit of an issue with the shorter length riding up at the end of a long day, but again a bit of extra length made all the difference, and I can easily wear my long-length Sonsee shorts day after day without any issues. The fabric’s a little thinner than the Thigh Society but it seems equally breathable (though without the moisture-wicking gusset.

For a reminder of the other products that have been designed to help make your summer more comfortable go ahead and check out my chub-rub round-up from last summer.

 

Frockatoo

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Belt: Target

Shoes: Comfort Plus

Believe it or not, I’ve changed jobs. Again. Yes, I know.

It’s basically my dream job, in my favourite industry, for a company that I know and love, and I haven’t stopped smiling since I started.

Meanwhile I’ve been doing MOAR sewing in an attempt to work my way through the fabric that I’ve been binge-buying over the last couple of months.

This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo fabric came from Spoonflower, and was designed by Rebel, an artist who lives in Queensland.

I decided against my usual choice of “performance knit” in favour of the “modern jersey”. It’s still a poly fabric, but it doesn’t have the sporty sheen of the performance knit, and has a much softer hand-feel. It’s very similar to a modal knit, if that helps at all. It still washes really well; doesn’t shrink or fade, and doesn’t need ironing.

The cockatoo print is a bold geometric print repeated over a backdrop in a deep dusky teal.

Frocks and frou frou, plus size, dress, plus size dress, home made dress, cockatoo print, colette dress, moneta dressI made another Colette Moneta, off the back of my whale print dress, but decided to make the pattern in the larger size, and lengthen the bodice somewhat. Because of how light the jersey fabric was I was aiming for a blousy effect, rather than something that was at risk of clinging and making me feel self-conscious.

I really love the end result, and I’ve already worn it several times. Whenever someone comments on it I tell them I call it my “Frockatoo”.

And then I laugh myself silly.