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Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou FrouTop: DIY

Skirt: Sussan

Shoes: Chie Mihara

So, a week or so ago the BF and I were lying in bed (not doing anything, so you can just get that out of your mind) when *CRACK* the whole thing collapsed out from under us. A knot in the wood had caused a weakness in one of the beams and the whole thing was irretrievable. So the bed was broken (boo!) which meant getting a new one (yay!) but the one that we liked didn’t come with the big cushions for the headboard (boo!) so I had to go to Spotlight to try and find something similar (yay!).

Which is a very roundabout way of telling you that I found some awesome fabric that reminds me of the clouds in a dawn sky, and I thought I’d buy it and using my well-fitting Finki top as a template make another boxy t-shirt.

It is, figuratively speaking, a copy-paste job (hence the blog title) so you don’t need a pattern, you just need a top that fits well, and doesn’t have any tricky seaming. The Finki tee is a perfect examples because it doesn’t even have separate sleeves. Front and back are both just one piece of fabric.

So – to start you need to lay your t-shirt out on your fabric: If you’re using a fabric with a directional print don’t forget you’ll need to cut your yardage in half and lay it reverse-side up behind the first piece, or you’ll end up with half your top upside down:Frocks and Frou Frou 1┬áPin your tee to the fabric, then cut around it, adding a cm or two for seams.

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For the lower neckline at the front you should be able to make the shape out with your fingers. Trace the shape with a fabric pencil, or just with pins.

On just one piece cut out the front neckline – don’t forget to add your seam allowance!

Frocks and Frou Frou 3If, hypothetically, you had bought more than one pieces of fabric to make into t-shirts, so would be the time to use the two pieces of your new tee-shirt as a template. Hypothetically. Ahem. So. If you’ve got an overlocker everything just got a whole heap easier for you than the rest of us. But then, if you have an overlocker you probably are a much more experienced sewer than I am, so you’re not even reading this part anyway because this tutorial is way below your skill set.

You want to finish the neckline of your top first. Just fold the curve down, pin it, and sew it. I use a double-needle because I think it gives a cleaner line on knit fabrics, but you could just finish the edge with a zigzag, then turn the edge over and finish the line with a straight stitch. Do both pieces, front and back:

frocks and frou frou 4 Right sides together pin the two pieces at the shoulder, then down both sides. Swap your double needle back for a single and sew the two pieces together where you’ve pinned.

Frocks and Frou FrouNow all you’ve got left to do is finish the armholes and the hem. I did this with a double needle again. Because: Neat.

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Dot to Spot

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Skirt: City Chic

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Belt: I Will Fly

Working in an office as a proper manager-type person who has to sit in official-type meetings and pretend to be an actual grown-up my wardrobe’s increasingly moving away from the whimsical to the classic. I still love my novelty prints and florals, but I tend to save them for the weekend these days.

I can’t give up on my polkadots though, and this midi-skirt (currently on sale!) from City Chic is perfectly office-appropriate, especially teamed with a collared blouse and a pair of heeled pumps.

The skirt’s made of a lovely fabric that hangs in soft pleats and doesn’t crush. It’s fully lined with a zippered fastening, and pockets (hurrah! pockets!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere isn’t any stretch in the fabric, but it runs quite large for City Chic, so if you can’t make it in to store I’d suggest that you order a size down from your usual.

The skirt’s probably just a little bit too long for me at the moment (though I’m not the tallest lass out there). I’ll probably bring the hem up a little bit after winter, but in the meanwhile it’s a great midi length for the cooler months.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you look closely the spots in the skirt are repeated in the tiny swiss dots embroidered into the fabric of the blouse. I’ve added my many-years-old (and probably ready for a replacement) double heart belt that I ordered from I Will Fly on Etsy. It’s a nice way to break-up the dots-on-dots, and also inject just the smallest amount of colour… and OK, whimsy into my outfit.