DIY: Fine Feathered

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: DIY from Colette Pattern “Myrtle” dress pattern

Belt: Closet Confessions Boutique

Shoes: Comfortview

I’ve done. So. Much. Sewing over the last few weeks since I’ve been off work. I finally finished all the mending and alteration projects that had been sitting in my to-do cupboard, and eventually decided to break my self-imposed Spotlight ban, and see what was on offer.

This lovely printed knit was an ideal fabric for (yet another) Myrtle dress. It has a lovely drape, and the elaborate feathered print is big and bold. This is the fourth Myrtle that I’ve sewn, and while the pattern’s looking a little the worse for wear (when will I actually learn to USE the pattern-saving interfacing trick?) the process for sewing the dress is becoming fairly streamlined, and I turned this one over in a matter of hours. Not having to insert a zipper helped.

 I thought maybe I’d have to wait until it was warmer until I could actually WEAR the thing, but despite the cowl-neck it works fine with a cropped cardigan worn unbuttoned on top.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDream of the Crop Cardigan: Modcloth

The elasticised waistband on the Myrtle Dress is blissfully comfortable to wear, but it does make the dress look quite casual, so I added my new patent leather bow belt for a bit of a more polished feel.

Frocks and Frou FrouBelt: Closet Confessions Boutique

And ear jackets, of course…

Frocks and Frou Frou These came from a cheapy no-name jewellery stall in Melbourne, but there’s plenty of similar ones to be found online – I like these, from Etsy.

Two-Ways Tuesday: Little Tienda

Frocks and Frou FrouI bought this summery little smock dress in the height of summer, thinking it would be a nice breezy number to wear on reeeeaaallllllly hot days. It’s the calico version of Little Tienda’s “Las Flores” midi dress and it’s a really lovely piece. At $139 there are cheaper Mexican-style frocks on the market, but speaking from personal experience they don’t come close to Little Tienda in terms of quality and workmanship.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Little Tienda

Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens via Modcloth

The calico fabric provides a nice natural base for the gorgeous embroidery to stand out against. It’s not as harsh as pure white, and the fabric has a kind of heavy softness to it. The flower motif really glows, it’s impeccably sewn, and hasn’t buckled the fabric the way I’ve found cheaper Mexican dresses do.

I’m wearing the XL, which fits with room to spare though I trimmed a few inches off the hem. I wasn’t sure about the sleeves when it first arrived, so I ended up bringing them in a little with a tucked pleat – it’s helped limit the amount of volume around my bust-line and streamline the silhouette a little.

In summer I wear it bare-legged with clogs or sandals, and minimum jewellery, since the gorgeous embroidery really adds everything you need in terms of frou frou.

But of course, it’s not summer right now…

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: As above

Cardigan: Paper Scissors

Tights: Hue

Shoes: Miz Mooz

 I was surprised by how well this dress worked as a cooler weather frock, when combined with tights and a cardigan.

I’m wearing olive coloured tights that  pick up the green in the embroidery, but aren’t too dark against the pale fabric of the dress. The deep red cardigan is the perfect hue to match with the flowers, and I added a brown belt – worn high – to give a some shape to the layers.

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou FrouEarrings: Primal Originals

I kept the accessories minimal again – this isn’t the kind of frock that needs a necklace or statement earrings – but I couldn’t resist teaming them with the mother of pearl hoops that I’d bought from Etsy last year. They add the perfect finishing touch to a polished hippie-chic outfit that reminds me of summer on a grey day.