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Skirt: Sussan

Shoes: Chie Mihara

So, a week or so ago the BF and I were lying in bed (not doing anything, so you can just get that out of your mind) when *CRACK* the whole thing collapsed out from under us. A knot in the wood had caused a weakness in one of the beams and the whole thing was irretrievable. So the bed was broken (boo!) which meant getting a new one (yay!) but the one that we liked didn’t come with the big cushions for the headboard (boo!) so I had to go to Spotlight to try and find something similar (yay!).

Which is a very roundabout way of telling you that I found some awesome fabric that reminds me of the clouds in a dawn sky, and I thought I’d buy it and using my well-fitting Finki top as a template make another boxy t-shirt.

It is, figuratively speaking, a copy-paste job (hence the blog title) so you don’t need a pattern, you just need a top that fits well, and doesn’t have any tricky seaming. The Finki tee is a perfect examples because it doesn’t even have separate sleeves. Front and back are both just one piece of fabric.

So – to start you need to lay your t-shirt out on your fabric: If you’re using a fabric with a directional print don’t forget you’ll need to cut your yardage in half and lay it reverse-side up behind the first piece, or you’ll end up with half your top upside down:Frocks and Frou Frou 1 Pin your tee to the fabric, then cut around it, adding a cm or two for seams.

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For the lower neckline at the front you should be able to make the shape out with your fingers. Trace the shape with a fabric pencil, or just with pins.

On just one piece cut out the front neckline – don’t forget to add your seam allowance!

Frocks and Frou Frou 3If, hypothetically, you had bought more than one pieces of fabric to make into t-shirts, so would be the time to use the two pieces of your new tee-shirt as a template. Hypothetically. Ahem. So. If you’ve got an overlocker everything just got a whole heap easier for you than the rest of us. But then, if you have an overlocker you probably are a much more experienced sewer than I am, so you’re not even reading this part anyway because this tutorial is way below your skill set.

You want to finish the neckline of your top first. Just fold the curve down, pin it, and sew it. I use a double-needle because I think it gives a cleaner line on knit fabrics, but you could just finish the edge with a zigzag, then turn the edge over and finish the line with a straight stitch. Do both pieces, front and back:

frocks and frou frou 4 Right sides together pin the two pieces at the shoulder, then down both sides. Swap your double needle back for a single and sew the two pieces together where you’ve pinned.

Frocks and Frou FrouNow all you’ve got left to do is finish the armholes and the hem. I did this with a double needle again. Because: Neat.

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Top: Luxx

Jacket: Veronika Maine

Skirt: Virtu

Belt: Sussan

Shoes: Milu

I’m back!

Just like the song says, New York’s a helluva town. Big and brash and loud, with little patches of serenity in the parks. Full of fascinating people from every walk of life, great food, good shops.

I got to meet the beautiful Louise from Sohomode in person, and thank her for making the gorgeous tea dresses for my bridesmaids. I also managed to find a pair of ankle boots that don’t make my legs look like fence posts (hurrah!) and as usual, I OD’d on buying knickers from Aerie, going back four times for MOAR PANTIES.

While I was away more and more exciting news rolled into my inbox, so I have a few little snippets of “yay!” to share with you this week.

First off, I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Frocks and Frou Frou has been voted one of the 25 best Style & Beauty blogs in Kidspot’s “Voices of 2013” campaign. Hurrah!

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It would be wonderful to make the finals, and I have a dream about winning the writing contract (in my deepest heart-of-hearts, I fantasise about writing professionally) but I’m up against some pretty serious professional blogger names, so I’m ridiculously chuffed to have even made the shortlist. Thank you to the mystery person who nominated me – you guys have such faith and belief in Frocks & Frou Frou that I’m humbled. I’m so lucky to have such generous and supportive readers.

 So that’s exciting news number one.

I won’t bang on too much, because I’m still recovering a bit from jet-lag and I’m about to fall face-first into the laptop, but let me finish by pointing out that on my little sidebar over to the right I have a NEW button. I’ve finally succumbed to Facebook, and have set up a page for Frocks & Frou Frou. If you’re interested, please head on over and “like” me. I’m still a bit of a newbie at it, so feel free to throw some suggestions and recommendations my way – what would you like to see on there? Recipes? Motivational statements? Shopping tips? Photos of my cat?