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

DIY: Fine Feathered

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: DIY from Colette Pattern “Myrtle” dress pattern

Belt: Closet Confessions Boutique

Shoes: Comfortview

I’ve done. So. Much. Sewing over the last few weeks since I’ve been off work. I finally finished all the mending and alteration projects that had been sitting in my to-do cupboard, and eventually decided to break my self-imposed Spotlight ban, and see what was on offer.

This lovely printed knit was an ideal fabric for (yet another) Myrtle dress. It has a lovely drape, and the elaborate feathered print is big and bold. This is the fourth Myrtle that I’ve sewn, and while the pattern’s looking a little the worse for wear (when will I actually learn to USE the pattern-saving interfacing trick?) the process for sewing the dress is becoming fairly streamlined, and I turned this one over in a matter of hours. Not having to insert a zipper helped.

 I thought maybe I’d have to wait until it was warmer until I could actually WEAR the thing, but despite the cowl-neck it works fine with a cropped cardigan worn unbuttoned on top.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDream of the Crop Cardigan: Modcloth

The elasticised waistband on the Myrtle Dress is blissfully comfortable to wear, but it does make the dress look quite casual, so I added my new patent leather bow belt for a bit of a more polished feel.

Frocks and Frou FrouBelt: Closet Confessions Boutique

And ear jackets, of course…

Frocks and Frou Frou These came from a cheapy no-name jewellery stall in Melbourne, but there’s plenty of similar ones to be found online – I like these, from Etsy.