Shot to the Heart

frocks and frou frou - shot to the heart frocks and frou frou - shot to the heart frocks and frou frou - shot to the heart frocks and frou frou - shot to the heartCardigan: Gorman

T-shirt: Dream Diva

Skirt: Sewing By Selena via Etsy

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Ara via Shoebuy

The second I spotted this graphic arrow-print skirt way back in May I decided I had to have it. The fabric is part of the100% cotton “Mustang” line at Melody Miller, and it has a kind of heavy linen-y feel to it. The arrows are interspersed with gold dots, and the whole effect just makes me swoon a little.

I deliberated about buying the fabric and sewing something myself, but ended up taking the easier route and buying a pre-made skirt from Sewing By Selena.

Selena specialises in making simple skirts in a variety of amazing colours and prints, and she offers her customers the opportunity to customise their orders with a variety of extras like pockets or lining.

I chose a simple a-line skirt with  gathers at the centre front and back and an elasticised drop waistband. In the end the drop-waist was a little too deep, and drew more attention to the curve of my tummy than I was comfortable with, so I brought the waistband up a little, but apart from that my new skirt was everything I could have hoped for.

Selena’s workmanship was absolutely impeccable, with tidily finished seams, and even a lovely embroidered patch with Sewing By Selena‘s logo on it.

frocks and frou frou - shot to the heartI teamed it with the sequin heart tee-shirt that I bought some years ago from Dream Diva. It’s long gone now, but it would an easy remix project with a bit of sequin fabric and this tutorial.

Foxy Loxy

frocks and frou frou frocks and frou frou frocks and frou frou frocks and frou frouCardigan: Woolovers (remixed with Dandryrions Applique)

Blouse: Princess Highway

Skirt: Asos (similar here)

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Ziera

Belt: N/A (similar here)

I’ve had my eye on the fox-stole cardigans at Dandyrions for years now, but when I saw her new-and-improved style I gave up any attempt at resisting temptation pretty much immediately.

They remind me fondly of a sweater that I was wearing way back when Frocks and Frou Frou was in its infancy, though the Dandyrions fox is much less carnivorous-looking with his sweet little face and whuffly nose.

frocks and frou frouThe fox-stole cardigans at Dandyrions are actually generic store bought pieces from H&M with Lisa’s lovely embroidered felt appliques hand-sewn onto them, but if you don’t see the size or colour combo that you’re after (and Lisa can’t source it for you) you can actually buy the appliques by themselves and attach it to your own cardigan or top.

I’m still working on a fairly tight living budget post-redundancy, so after a bit of deliberation I decided to do the Sensible Thing, and rather than having Lisa from Dandyrions source a cardigan for me I went the cheaper option and decided to attach the applique myself to one of my plain Woolovers cardigans.

The applique arrived quickly, complete with comprehensive sewing instructions, and even thread to match the three key colour elements in the felt.

frocks and frou frouIt was a simple task to hand-stitch the little foxy fellow onto my cardigan. The head and front paws come separately from the body so that you can arrange it to best suit the neckline of whatever top you want to use.

I positioned, pinned, and stitched all in one night while sitting in front of the telly with my boyfriend, and even if you have the most rudimentary sewing skills this should be a fairly straightforward job – you just have to ensure you don’t stretch the cardigan/top out as you sew to ensure the applique doesn’t buckle (or you can just get Lisa to do it for you!).

frocks and frou frouThe little foxy friend wraps all the way around your shoulders just like an actual stole, but with considerably less Cruella Deville.

I teamed it with my mustard skirt, tights, and collared blouse for that kind of Escape To The Country vibe.frocks and frou frouI think the local wildlife approved….

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