Last week I attended the very first Perth Frocktails event! Frocktails is a concept created by Kat in Melbourne many years ago. The idea is that you sew an outfit and head out for a cocktail and dinner with other people who are as freakishly obsessed with sewing as you are. Tell me that isn’t awesome?! Because it is. Since then Canberra began their own Frocktails events organised by Amanda, and for a long time i sat in Perth feeling just a little tiny bit jealous. Ok a lot jealous- they always look like they’re having so much fun!
So of course i was incredibly excited, and immediately jumped on the bandwagon when the lovely Nat of Sew Outnumbered and Sew For Life organised the very first Perth Frocktails.
And you guys it was super fun! It’s always a little nerve wracking to walk into a room of people you don’t really know outside of the internet, but we all had such a great time chatting and getting to know each other. I don’t often get to hang out with anyone who sews, and i really enjoyed meeting so many local ladies whose houses are also covered in stray threads…
I didn’t sew a party dress, because party dresses really have no place in my current wardrobe – and instead went for separates that could be dressed down with other items. I’m really happy with how everything turned out!
My skirt is a silk brocade Brumby, and the hem is finished with horsehair braid (tutorial here). The crop top is based on my Sudley blouse from one of my ready to wear collections. I used a rather heavy quilting cotton from Spotlight, which was a pain to work with, as i usually prefer delicate fabrics, but i really couldn’t resist the print. Pattern pieces?! COME ON. And because i’m a truly pathetic girl who likes cutesy details, my waistband facing for my skirt matches my blouse. Yes.
Anyway, i’m really looking forward to the next Frocktails! Shoutout to all the lovely ladies who came along on Saturday, check out their blogs/IG! Nicki, Nat, Deepti, Belinda, Andrea, Alice, Sandra, Amanda, Eleanor, Sue, Megan, Carolyn, Bree, Helen, Ellen, and Alison.
ps. I just found out that Brisbane have their very own Frocktails event happening at the end of the month! If you live near by make sure you sign up! Huge thanks to Kat for spearheading this one :)
[Make this look]
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Brumby // Get the pattern here + similar fabric
Blouse: Megan Nielsen Sudley // Not a pattern yet, but i’m always working on it *winks*
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth