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.

Holy Cowl

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Scarlet & Jo via Evans

Shoes: Naturalizer

After nearly nine years, honestly, the hardest thing about writing a blog is coming up with fresh titles! I’m pretty proud that I haven’t used “Holy Cowl” before, so let’s all just give me a small round of applause for my terrible pun (seriously, I haven’t been this pleased since “Back to the Fuschia“, which – ironically – was another hot pink dress review!)

I spotted this dress over a month ago on the Evans website and fell immediately for the pleated shoulders and elegant draped neckline. It was originally available in navy, black, red and pink; and despite being a steal at twenty pounds (and still gainfully employed!) I couldn’t quite rationalise buying more than the one, so I put the options out to the Frocks and Frou Frou community on Facebook and you guys said to go the pink.

Well done you! It’s such a great colour, and a great style too. It’s made of quite a heavy matte jersey that doesn’t cling to lumps and bumps, and the waist has ties at the back so you can make the absolute most of a curvy figure.

The bodice front is self-faced – meaning that it has a double thickness of fabric. This is great for cowl-neck pieces (and is the same with my Myrtle dresses) as you don’t ever risk the cowl going inside out or showing a seam. It falls from pleated shoulders that have dainty little shoulder pads to give the dress a bit of structure.

Frocks and Frou FrouI’m quite narrow-of-shoulder to go with my prosperous-of-bust, and I think the dress might better suit someone more proportional, but I do think it’s wonderfully elegant with its three-quarter length sleeves and midi-length hemline.

Meanwhile, following my review I got an email from Belinda Esler of Foxers offering Frocks and Frou Frou readers a great 30% discount on everything using the code Frocks30, so if you were in the market for some cute new knickers now could be the time to go shopping!