Remix: Sunspots dress-to-skirt

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Skirt: Remixed from 17 Sundays dress

Shoes: Seychelles

You may remember this dress, which I bought from 17 Sundays back at the start of the year. I wasn’t particularly happy with the fit of the bodice – it was short-waisted and baggy with armholes cut too deep, and it didn’t suit my figure at all. Belted and worn with a cardigan it was okay, but it was definitely one of those one-hit-wonder style outfits, which meant it spent most of its time languishing in my wardrobe.

Last week I finally mustered up the energy to remix it from a dress into a skirt, using the same process I did all those years ago when I altered a too-small Gorman dress I’d splurged on (you can find the tutorial here).

Frocks and Frou FrouIt was a fairly easy remix – the bodice had enough fabric in it for me to cut two waistband strips, which I interfaced for stability as the fabric itself is a soft and stretchy jersey. Because the skirt already fit well around the waist I was able to salvage the pleats by basting them in place before I removed the bodice to Frankenstein it into a waistband.

Frocks and Frou FrouI’m really happy with the result, and I’m getting a lot more use out of the dress as a mix-and-match separate that I can wear with a variety of different tops including this pretty rose-pink sweater from Princess Highway.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 11.00.45 PMMEANWHILE!

I’m hilariously excited about Melbourne Fashion Week Plus, which is taking place 22-28 August. There’s a slew of events taking place, including four – count them, FOUR – runway shows, and a variety of panels on everything from feminism, to the state of the plus-size industry.

The organisers are keen to ensure that it’s an event that promotes everything about plus size culture: design, discourse and body positivity.

The runway shows include several new designers that are new to me, as well as some of my long-time favourites, and I’ll definitely be attending all four, so hopefully I can bring you news of some brilliant new local and international names to add to your lust-lists – If you’re in Melbourne I’d thoroughly recommend you check the event out yourself (and if you need another excuse to visit Melbourne and would like to make a weekend of it A+ Markets have scheduled their next market for the 28th, too)

You can find tickets for MFWPlus here.

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Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Remix (similar here)

Skirt: Metalicus

Cardigan: Paper Scissors

Shoes: Wittner

¬†Whoops! It’s been too long since I last blogged, and now I’m doubling up on this top! But, you know, nothing says Valentine’s Day like a big red heart (and at least this way you know I wear my remixed projects IRL).

Today I teamed it with a comfy pencil skirt from Metalicus and a long red cardigan that helps to soften the contrast between white tee and black skirt.

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, however you spent it! I was invited to the Dress Collective Runway show as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

If you haven’t heard of the Dress Collective before: it’s an e-boutique that only stocks Australian independent labels, including Mici Jay (sizes 6-24), Prodigal Daughter (sizes 8-20), Leina Broughton (sizes 8-18), and wonderful Harlow (sizes 10-24).

¬†VAMFFThe show was great, profiling some really exciting designs for the upcoming season. I fell particularly hard for this amazing-looking black wrap dress from Harlow, and I can’t wait til it hits the shop!