Remix: Sunspots dress-to-skirt

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Princess Highway

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.

Cheshire Cute

Frocks and frou frouFrocks and frou frouFrocks and frou frouCardiigan: Gorman (similar here)

Tee-shirt: Uniqlo

Skirt: Basque via Myer

Tights: Sonsee

Boots: Ziera

What a novelty; I’m not wearing a single home-made item today, and every single item (except the cardigan) is currently available to buy! One of the problems with blogging less often than I used to (remember that one time I blogged every single day? That was a crazy time, huh?) is that by the time something makes it on to the blog it’s often no longer available in the shops… sorry!

I’ve hit that point in the season when I feel wholeheartedly uninspired by my wardrobe, so I’ve done an itty bitty bit of secret shopping, including this brilliant Cheshire Cat print tee-shirt from Uniqlo. It’s part of Uniqlo’s new Alice in Wonderland collection, and has a wonderful repeated pattern of chubby Cheshire Cats. It’s a collection based around the (frankly, terrible) live-action Alice Through the Looking Glass movie, but with the highly detailed black and white sketched style of the image I felt like it had more in common with Tenniel’s original Cheshire Cat than Disney’s stripey purple interpretation.

Frocks and frou frouNecklace: Made Bye Meg

Because a tee-shirt full of crazy cats wasn’t quite enough cats for me I added the cat necklace that my friend Pam gave me for Christmas last year. The coppery gold picks up the rich rust colour of the cardigan really nicely, and with grey tights (from Sonsee, naturally) softens the contrast between my black skirt and my brown ankle boots.