Come a Copper

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Sportsgirl

Skirt: DIY (Similar here)

Shoes: Mel by Melissa

Finished your Christmas shopping? Yeah, me neither. I can’t believe we’re only a few days off though! It’s the first time in a decade that I’ve found myself (peripherally, anyway) in retail during the mad pre-Christmas push, and not inconsequentially it’s probably also the first time in a long while that I’ve really felt like it’s Christmas. C and I have put up our Christmas tree – the star that Mae and I made for him as a gift last Christmas proudly at the top – there’s presents under the tree, and carols playing, and I’ve made my cake and it’s all just feeling really seasonal and lovely.

 I just finished my last day of work for the year – what a whirlwind that’s been! – and I’m looking forward to a week of R&R, and maybe a bit more sewing.

I was actually thinking of deconstructing this skirt, and reusing the fabric for something else, but I’m liking it more and more as the weather has got warmer.

I’m playing up the gold dots and encouraging them towards a copper hue, with bronze shoes and the adorable cat necklace that my friend Pam gave me as a Christmas gift.

Frocks and Frou FrouShe bought it at the brand new Mossvale Market from Melbourne-based Made Bye Meg.

Linen let live

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Trenery

Trousers: Sportscraft

Shoes: Airflex

I’ve never “done” linen before. I’ve always thought it was a bit rough, a bit unforgiving, and ridiculously easy to crush. But there was something really… inviting about this linen-blend shirt from Trenery. It’s made with viscose (which I’ve recently discovered is actually made from tree cellulose) which gives it a lovely softness, a smidge of stretch, a leeeetle bit of a shine, and less of a propensity for creasing.

It’s a collarless shirt – which works better on my full bust than those with collars – and the breast pockets are positioned nice and high, so they don’t create extra volume where I definitely don’t need it. The button placket only extends half-way down the shirt which I actually prefer (it’ll be a really nice piece layered under sweaters come the cooler months) and while the stretch meant that the gaping was fairly minimal I sewed it up, just in case.

The sleeves are designed to be rolled with little tabs to keep them at elbow-length, but they can be unrolled and buttoned at the wrist, too.

Frocks and Frou FrouI teamed it with some amazingly comfortable trousers from Sportscraft. The dove grey is a great colour for the warmer months, and it’s virtually impossible to find (especially above a size 14) so even though these were a bit dear I snapped them up as soon as spotted them. They’re on sale now, and don’t be put off by the bad review on the website – I suspect she’s talking about something else, because these aren’t cotton: they’re a linen/rayon/elastane fabric that has the textural effect of a linen, but the stretch and weight of a ponti. Also, she says “shirt”.

My shoes are from Airflex, and I was thrilled to find a pair of pointed d’orsay pumps that fit my wide foot. I bought them half a size too big, because the store I visited didn’t have any in my size left, and I’m kind of regretting it, because you can get all sizes online now (also on sale, le sigh)

My necklace is, obviously, from Made By Emily Green, and it lends the whole outfit a bit of softness and femininity.