The denim brumby

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Princess Highway

Blouse: Love to Love You

Skirt: DIY Brumby skirt

Shoes: Naturaliser

While I was at the A+ Markets I was lucky enough to meet Laura, a reader and fellow sewist who I know peripherally through a mutual friend, Hellen. Laura was wearing this magnificent skirt, with big, deep, wonderful pockets. She told me that she’d made it herself (damn) from a pattern that I knew from experience didn’t go up to my size (double damn) but that if I wanted she could send me a copy, graded-up to fit a wider waist (hurrah! and double hurrah!)

Grading patterns is still well beyond my skill-set, so I can’t properly express how thankful (and impressed!) I was when an impeccably marked-up set of paper pattern pieces for Megan Nielsen’s Brumby skirt arrived in my letterbox.

I got myself to a fabric shop quick smart, and picked up some lightweight denim so I could give the pattern a whirl. It’s a lovely and fairly simple skirt with deep scooped pockets, a wide curved waistband, and soft gathers that fall in fullness from the hips.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe pattern is fairly straightforward, though I managed to attach the waistband upside down the first time (apparently nearly everyone does). The curved waistband is divine, and I don’t know if it was Laura’s mad sewing skillz, or the weight of the denim fabric, but I wore the skirt all day today, and didn’t have to wriggle it down from under my boobs once. Good stuff.

I’m already keen to make it again – I think in a softer fabric – and I thought I’d experiment with the gathering and maybe try piping for the first time to really make those pockets sing. Today I teamed it with my old confetti blouse and a short sleeved mustard cardigan

To keep the cardigan in place I employed a set of daisy sweater clips that I bought a few years ago from Etsy.

Frocks and Frou FrouMy thanks again to Laura for providing me with this pattern – I’m in your debt!

Leaves and Barkcloth

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks And Frou Frou Frocks And Frou Frou Frocks And Frou FrouDress: Sohomode

Shoes: Edward Meller

I love autumn – it’s definitely my favourite season of the year. I love the bite of cold air after a hot and sticky summer, I love watching the leaves turn, and I love autumn clothes.

This is my brand-new dress from Sohomode, and the colours are so totally perfect for this time of the year. Burnt oranges, chocolatey browns, my favourite mustard and russety red.

It goes with pretty much every cardigan in my wardrobe, but today we had a last gasp of summer, allowing me to wear it sleeveless, and show off the beautiful piping around the shoulders and neckline.

Frocks And Frou FrouIt’s made from a vintage barkcloth – a fabric with a little bit of texture and weight, and the fabric’s a  really unusual cross between a floral and a paisley.

Knowing my penchant for skinny belts Louise made the belt slightly thinner than usual with the same ribbon piping.

Frocks and Frou FrouAnd of course there’s the wonderful, wonderful pockets, and the deep-v feature back.

Frocks And Frou FrouThis is my, umn, umpteenth Sohomode dress, and they’re always a favourite in my wardrobe. They’re beautifully made, and endlessly flattering.

Louise’s shop has been offline for a while, so it’s wonderful to see her making dresses again, and here’s the super exciting thing: She’s offering 20% off until the 31st of March, with the code CELEBRATESPRING. It’s not an offer that’s likely to be repeated, so if you’re tempted at all you should snap one up right now to avoid missing out!