Heart to heart

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Scarlett and Jo

Belt: Closet confessions

Shoes: Rockport

I bought this dress a month or so ago, but it’s only just starting to get warm enough to wear it (almost – you can see that I’m still employing my trusty cardigans). I spotted it on Allyasphyxia on Instagram and knew immediately that I had to add it to my wardrobe: midi-length, elasticised waist, dropped shoulders, and a heart print fabric? Swoon.

I ordered it from Yours Clothing, and threw in some great chinos for extra measure – the shipping was just $12AUD from the UK, and it was dispatched and delivered quick smart. Sadly it seems to be essentially out of stock at Yours Clothing, but Scarlett and Jo have it currently available in all sizes… and in other colours, too (purple and floral, though it looks like you’ll have to try your luck at Yours to find it in black.)

I followed the size chart, and bought the size 18, which is fairly roomy in both bust and hip; with all the stretch at the waist I probably could have comfortably gone down a size, but I don’t mind the blousy draped effect of the larger size. The shoulders are bulked up a little with floppy little shoulder pads that I probably could have done without, and after wearing it today I’m thinking I might add some bra-strap keepers because the deep v back (which I love)  does mean it slips around little.

Frocks and Frou FrouYours Clothing calls the colour of the version I bought “pink”, Scarlett and Jo is probably a bit closer to the mark with “burgundy” – it’s a gorgeously rich, deep red. A pinky red, but definitely what I’d call red (especially with a red cardigan on top).

It’s an incredibly flattering dress on all shapes and sizes, as you can see from the photos I’ve poached from Scarlett and Jo’s instagram feed, below:

DRESSThat’s What Laura Loves in the top left and Lolly Likes Fatshion in the top middle. Please accept my apologies if I’ve missed any other bloggers, and feel free to leave a comment with the details if you recognise the other models and I’ll update the post!

Fen and Flannel

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: DIY from Fancy Tiger Crafts pattern

Tights: Woolen Goods

Shoes: Gorman

Flannel’s nice, huh? Flannel PJs, flannel sheets. There’s just something about it that suggests warmth, comfort, lazy winter days. It’s definitely an indoor fabric, or at least that’s what I thought until I saw this brushed cotton from Japanese fabric designer Nani Iro.

It has the lovely soft hand-feel and warmth of a regular flannel, but the composition is 100% cotton and the elegant floral print ensures the dress looks more like a watercolour painting than a nightie.

It’s the second Fen dress that I’ve made using my new(ish) Fancy Tiger Crafts dress pattern. The first, made from a hemp-cotton linen, has been one of my favourites for months.

In deference to the chiller weather this flannel Fen dress has sleeves which (to be honest) I’m a little on the fence with. The pattern is already so boxy that the extra volume around the arms just seems to nudge it into OTT territory.

More successful was the piping that I added to the pockets:

Frocks and frou frouI haven’t used piping before, but it turns out it’s hilariously easy and adds just the right amount of definition to the low scooped pockets. I like it. I want to add piping to alllllll my pockets now.