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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.

Brrrgundy

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Hell Bunny via Lady Eleanor

Shoes: TUK

Belt: DIY

I’m not sure I can properly express how happy I am that deep berry red and burgundy is finally back in style and in the shops again. It’s such a delicious colour, and perfect for the cooler weather that’s finally starting to hit.

As I’ve been window shopping I’ve mostly been managing to avoid Buying All The Things, but I couldn’t resist this dress.

I spotted it at the A+ Market a month ago at a stall named Lady Eleanor. I was on a self-imposed buying ban – after all, I was there to clean out my closet, not add to it – but Lady Eleanor was right next door, and one of the girls manning the stand was wearing the dress, and it’s such a gorgeous colour, and then suddenly they only had one left, and it was in my size, and… well, as you see.

It’s a Hellbunny dress, which is one of those rockabilly brands that go up to a size 4XL. The 40’s styling works fine in a contemporary setting, though I could have done without the shoulder pads. The dress is made from a fairly thin crepe fabric that has a bit of stretch, but not enough structure to camouflage lumps and bumps, so I wear it with a slip underneath to smooth the lines. The button up front is purely decorative, which helps the bodice encompass The Rack of Doom, and the pleats at the shoulders help ensure the fabric doesn’t pull too dramatically.

The dress is called the Moira, and I think it might be an older style as it doesn’t seem to be on many websites anymore. It’s available in a striking cobalt blue here… but I think the ‘raspberry’ is better for my colouring.

The belt isn’t included, it’s one I actually made myself with a really pretty deco-esque belt buckle (you can find heaps on Etsy, I’m particularly obsessed with this one) and some  velvet elastic ribbon. It’s hands-down the easiest DIY/remix project in the word, and a spectacularly effective way of adding some glam to a simple outfit without sacrifing comfort.