Frocktails

I’ve always been envious of other Frocktails events held around the world. Frocktails combines things I love: pretty clothes, cocktails and meeting other fabulous sewists.

Sew Social, aka the wonderful Sandra Julian, organized Wellington’s first Frocktails event which was held last month.

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I found it very difficult to decide what to sew as I don’t often get dressed to a Frocktails level! Generally, I prefer to sew garments that I wear regularly. Being mid-winter I wanted to make sure I was warm.

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Firstly I was thinking about making a Jazz Jumpsuit in viscose along with a Kochi Kimono in Rayon. That outfit was planned when the weather was warmer. My next thought was making a jacket with my Banana print wool coating. I didn’t want to make a plain black dress so that idea was canned. I ended up finding a blue twill silk/cotton at The Fabric Store which I knew would make a fabulous structured dress to wear with my Saunio Cardigan.

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I chose Vogue 8786 as I had previously made the pattern for my Day and Night dress challenge. I was generally happy with the fit of the garment last time, however, I knew I needed to add an extra 1cm to every seam allowance from the waist to the hips. I did this and took in the dress around the waist. These adjustments improved the shape for my hourglass figure.

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The sleeves and neckline of this pattern are meant to be finished with bias binding. I decided to line the dress bodice with the leftover dress fabric using the burrito method. The body of the dress is lined in a similar tone blue cotton.

Unfortunately, the dress was not sitting nicely on my upper body. As I was short on time I folded 3cm under at the shoulder seam line. I topstitched this area down. I really like the finish that the extra fabric gives to my shoulders. The simplicity of the plain fabric made the dress feel a little bland. That’s why I added a metal zip.

Adjusting the dress at the shoulders made the dress slightly shorter in the front and slightly longer in the back. I left it like this as the difference is very slight and I need the length in the back.

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I made a textured leather Ida clutch to take to complement my Frocktails outfit. I sewed in two D rings on either side of the bag so it can function as either a purse or clutch.

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I had a great time at Frocktails. It was a wonderful opportunity to chat with people that I’ve admired from Instagram. The cocktails were pretty delicious too!

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I was very lucky to win the supreme lucky draw prize! Brother NZ donated a label maker which I’ve since used to label all the things. The Sewing Depot kindly donated a $100 voucher which enabled me to stock up on sewing tools.36087851_208313659798493_8839897093012193280_o

Sew Social has arranged an upcoming event for Auckland. It’s not too late to get your ticket or organise a frock for the occasion. I look forward to many more Frocktails events. I definitely need to get braver at making fancy garments.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. kalimak says:

    Beautiful outfit! The fit of the dress looks great and since I’m all about blues and black, I love your color palette completely 🙂

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