Advocado on Toast

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou FrouDress: Advocado

Belt: Trenery

Shoes: Rockport

A month or so ago I was invited to drop by Advocado‘s headquarters in Richmond and take a bit of a squiz at what they had on offer. They weren’t a brand I was familiar with, but I’m always delighted to hear about new plus-size brands (especially here in Melbourne) so I eagerly accepted.

I ended up having a really fun dress-up session, and went home with a couple of goodies, including this Zita Adjustible Drape Dress. The black and white graphic print fabric is a light and breezy rayon that will be lovely to wear as the weather gets warmer. It’s actually cut in a swing-style that would suit someone with a smaller bustline than I, but belted it becomes quite an elegant piece. You can also wear it with a cardigan or a jacket. I tried it on at Advocado with a cropped white jacket.

1The particularly interesting thing about this dress is the little button and loop fixtures on the inside seams that allow you to ruche the skirt higher on either side or both. The effect is a bit dress-stuck-in-your-knickers, but it’s a cute idea.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe other excellent addition, which I wholeheartedly approve of, is pockets (hooray).

I tried a couple of other pieces on while I was at Advocado, including this lovely bright colour blocked top:

2-1Top: Advocado

… and (a particular favourite) this cape-sleeved blouse and printed skirt:

3Top: Advocado

You can expect to see more of this top – I couldn’t resist taking one home with me!

Where’s Spot

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: DIY from Aster pattern & Spoonflower fabric

Skirt: Modcloth

Shoes: Rockport

For a few years now I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect dotty top. A couple of years ago I had one made by Loni at Love To Love You on Etsy, and it was wonderful, but recently I’ve been thinking that I quite fancied the idea of having one made with smaller dots.

I spotted this fabric on Spoonflower and thought that it fit the bill, but I didn’t pay much attention to the measurements (rookie mistake) and when the fabric came the dots were much bigger than I’d anticipated. Still, I’d bought Colette’s Aster shirt pattern especially, so I thought I’d give the project a whirl.

The fabric that I chose was the basic cotton, and I’ll be honest – I don’t love it; it feels a bit cheap and crunchy, but the colours are spot on and it washes really well. It’s possible that the fabric will soften over time, but at the moment it’s probably a bit more crisp than I ideally wanted.

Colette’s Aster pattern was also just ooookay. It definitely wasn’t really a beginner-friendly pattern, which surprised me a little, as Colette’s instruction booklets are usually so well written that anyone can follow the steps without too much trouble. The shirt is collarless, but has a lovely yoke at the back.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe instructions for the front placket were kind of inscrutable, and even after I’d finished I wasn’t confident I’d done it correctly. The sleeves were far too long, so I’ve rolled the cuffs, and I also put more buttons in than necessary so that the shirt stood a chance at staying fastened over the Rack of Doom.

Frocks and Frou FrouI found the fit a bit problematic, but the wonderful Laura recently dropped by to teach me how to do a full-bust adjustment, so I’m definitely planning to give it another go down the track (perhaps with a less starchy fabric).

The good thing about this top is that those wonderful watercolour dots will go with everything. Black yellow, red, green, grey, mustard… I’m wearing it with (another) Breathtaking Tiger Lilies skirt from Modcloth.

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