Nebulous

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Dress: DIY from Colette “Myrtle” pattern and Spoonflower Fabric

Cardigan: Eliza Parker

Belt: Closet Confessions

Shoes: Comfortview

My first fabric order with Spoonflower was in 2012, when I bought an amazing silk/cotton fabric printed with the image of a star forming region and turned it into a Colette Macaron dress. It was pretty quick to develop an addiction to the online fabric company which has a plethora of extraordinary printed fabrics (and the capacity to design and upload your own!)

My first Spacedress is long gone, but with stars and star-prints looking like one of the major trends this season (hurrah!) I thought maybe it was time to whip up a new one.

I chose the performance knit fabric, which at US$24 a yard certainly isn’t the cheapest dress fabric out there, but I’ve worked with it before and found it to have exceptional colour quality, wearability and drape. It’s a 100% polyester knit with a bit of a swimsuity sheen to it, and it has “moisture management” which would explain why even on hot days I don’t get sweaty in it. It has a bit of weight, and only about 25% stretch which means it holds its shape well and doesn’t bag out.

I was going to go for the same print as last time – the Star Forming Regions – but when I plugged in the number of yards I needed (I would definitely recommend this step if you’re buying from Spoonflower) I realised the fabric would end up with tiles as the pattern repeated. Instead I opted for this amazing image of the Carina Nebula which at 85×58″ in size would be big enough for me to make my favourite Myrtle sewing project without any visible repeats.

Frocks and Frou FrouThere’s a fairly big differentiation in the colours of the Carina Nebula. From deep blues to pinks and golds and deepening to purple and red in the centre.

I picked the pinks and blues for the front, and kept the deeper and darker colours for the back.

Frocks and Frou FrouAnd then, because it was freaking cold, I covered the lot up with a long draped cardigan, and added my bow belt from Closet Confessions and my sparkly galaxy necklace which is impossible to photograph so you’ll just have to take my word for it that in person it’s the prettiest sparkliest thing you’ve ever seen.

Frocks and Frou FrouThis is the fifth Myrtle dress that I’ve made, so I’m definitely getting my money’s worth with the dress pattern. It’s such a great one for beginner sewers, because it doesn’t have any tricky zippers or sleeves, the waistband is elasticised, and the draped neckline and knit fabric is very forgiving for people who aren’t confident about tweaking patterns for full-bust adjustments, or sway-back adjustments.

Frocks and Frou Frou - Myrtle Dress 5 ways

And So On, And So Forth

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Woolovers

Top: Ruby & Lilli

Skirt: DIY

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: ara via shoebuy

┬áSkirt, top, cardigan. Skirt, top, cardigan. I’m sorry if I’ve been repeating myself this winter, but I’ve really gone off trousers (well, more than usual), so my skirts are getting a real work out!

This skirt’s an oldie, but a goodie. I sewed it from scratch a good three years ago and I’m still wearing it today, which is more than I can say for a lot of my DIY’d sewing projects.

I’ve never worn it as a winter wardrobe item before, but the fabric is quite a heavy cotton drill so I think it works OK teamed with navy tights, booties, and a wooly cardigan.

The t-shirt’s pretty cool though, isn’t it? It from Ruby & Lilli, who also sell my Hello Lover tee, and I loved it so much when it arrived that I decided I couldn’t wait until summer to wear it.

It’s a really gorgeous piece in person; the blue’s the most perfect deep greeny-blue, with a bit of a heathered effect, and the ampersand symbol – which looks perfectly flat white in photos – is actually a pearlescent cream that positively glows.

This is my third Ruby & Lilli tee (I also own the Magnifique) and I can’t rave enough about the brand. The quality has been consistently excellent: the fabrics are divinely soft – like the t-shirt you’ve been wearing to bed for fifteen years – and the cut is the perfect mid-point between fitted and roomy, with flattering with necklines that don’t make you feel like you’re advertising your wares (if you’re generously endowed like I) but manage to make the most of shapely collarbones. Plus, buying Ruby & Lilli supports a local pair of Australian designers who make every purchase feel like a little present by sending your t-shirts gift wrapped with ribbon and a lovely handwritten thank you note.

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