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Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: DIY Colette Patterns Myrtle

Cardigan: Princess Highway

Shoes: Naturaliser

 A huge week followed by a busy weekend, and I’m already hanging out for the upcoming long weekend!

Earlier last week the bookshop that I work for won a really big and exciting award. I feel enormously privileged to work with such an amazing team (and it doesn’t hurt that I am totally loving my job). The response from the local community has been just wonderfully heartwarming, and it just is making me feel all warm and fuzzy about books, bookstores, and the general future of the book industry.

Books are pretty nice though. I mean, I’ve spent twenty years in the industry and I still make grabby hands whenever I see anything book-or-reading related. Hence the dress!

A couple of months ago Spoonflower was having a sale on their modern jersey and I bought a few yards of cat fabric, which I used for my black cat dress, and also a few yards of this book fabric. Because BOOKS.

Frocks and Frou FrouI used the fabric to make (yet another) Myrtle dress, as the soft jersey fabric works really well with the draped cowl neckline.

It was unseasonably warm in Melbourne today, but it’s still autumn so I added a little cropped cardigan from Princess Highway. I was a bit concerned that the combination of boobs + draped neckline + cardigan would just = too much going on on top, but I think it works OK.

Black Cats

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouMoneta Dress: DIY from Colette Patterns

Cardigan: Boden

Shoes: Seychelles

It was a long weekend in Melbourne this past weekend. My poor boyfriend had to work two out of the three days, but I just received my most recent Spoonflower order so I bunkered down for a weekend of sewing.

Spoonflower recently had a sale on their ‘modern jersey’, the same cottony knit that I made my frockatoo dress out of. It wears and washes well, so I thought I’d buy some more yards and tun out another Moneta dress using my old pattern.

I quite fancied the idea of another Crazy Cat Lady dress, so snapped up this graphic cat face printed fabric, designed by Charlotte Winter. I thought the bold black and white print would carry me well into the cooler months when I could wear it with black tights and any number of bright coloured cardigans. It does look particularly nice with yellow though!

Frocks and Frou FrouI included the deep pockets, even though they add  bit of volume on the hips. Sometimes I choose to skip them – especially if I’m using a heavy fabric like a ponte – but they’re so useful that I put them in when I can, and the modern jersey is soft and drapey enough that pockets don’t change the silhouette too dramatically.

Frocks and Frou Frou As with a lot of my Moneta dresses I’ve found the waistband is just a bit too loose (there’s something about the way the skirt is gathered and then attached to the bodice that seems to stretch the fabric out a little) so a belt is definitely an essential:

Frocks and Frou FrouI’m pretty delighted with the result, and I’m looking forward to putting it into regular rotation in my wardrobe!