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.

Foiled

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: DIY (similar-ish here)

Skirt: DIY (similar-ish here)

Shoes: Naturaliser

Look, I’ll be honest. I’m not entirely sure about this outfit. I was aiming for the kind of effortlessly cool, boxy, layered look that I’m always seeing on the Gorman website but it’s not my usual silhouette, and I think the effect of boxy-cropped-tee and full-pleated-skirt isn’t doing my figure many favours.

Oh well, you win some you lose some, amirite? I’ve worn the top much more successfully with skinny jeans on a shopping trip as well, and got lots of positive comments from people about it.

It’s a DIY project that I made with some gold-foil printed cotton knit from (where else?) Spotlight. The pattern that I used was the super simple New Look 6838, but I tweaked it a little to bring the length up, and make the sleeves elbow length.

NewLook 6838I made it in an XL which should have fit perfectly, but was huuuuge, as you can see. It’s got a gloriously wide boatneck neckline though, and I’ll definitely be using the pattern again (a little downsized, this time!)

Frocks and Frou FrouI thought the gold foil stripes would pair nicely with the gold foil dots on my pleated skirt, and I think it has, but the shape of the outfit is just a bit… off.

Meanwhile, I didn’t wash the jersey before I sewed with it (naughty naughty) and it shrank in a major way… but only horizontally, annoyingly. So the top’s even more cropped, but still as boxy, and, well: It’s my mooching-about-the-house-with-boxer-shorts tee now. My boyfriend loves it, but don’t expect to see it on the blog again any time soon!