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Perth Frocktails

Megan Nielsen Sudley blouse made from pattern piece print fabric from Spotlight + Brumby skirt out of silk brocade from G street fabrics

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.

Megan Nielsen Sudley blouse made from pattern piece print fabric from Spotlight + Brumby skirt out of silk brocade from G street fabrics
Megan Nielsen Sudley blouse made from pattern piece print fabric from Spotlight + Brumby skirt out of silk brocade from G street fabrics
Megan Nielsen Sudley blouse made from pattern piece print fabric from Spotlight + Brumby skirt out of silk brocade from G street fabrics
Megan Nielsen Sudley blouse made from pattern piece print fabric from Spotlight + Brumby skirt out of silk brocade from G street fabrics
Megan Nielsen Sudley blouse made from pattern piece print fabric from Spotlight + Brumby skirt out of silk brocade from G street fabrics
Megan Nielsen Sudley blouse made from pattern piece print fabric from Spotlight + Brumby skirt out of silk brocade from G street fabrics

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 :)

Megan Nielsen Sudley blouse made from pattern piece print fabric from Spotlight + Brumby skirt out of silk brocade from G street fabrics

[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*
Shoes: Skin
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth 

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Sarah - Fabric Tragic
6 years ago

Glad you had fun- I went to my first Melbourne one this year barely knowing anyone – had such a great nigh. Like you I went for separates – it was so cold. Love your skirt.

Fadanista
6 years ago

Your outfit was awesome, but it was so lovely to meet you having watched your blog and used a couple of your excellent tutorials. I hope I don’t have to wait a whole year before we can chat again!

Megan
6 years ago

You looked gorgeous as always. I was nervous too, but I’m so happy to have met you and the others and can’t wait to do it all again x

thisismoonlight
6 years ago

Look at you go with all your links to everyone, thank you! What could be more perfect than a pattern print top to a sewing do? Nothing at all! And that brocade, I really wish I’d had a good feel.

Kat @ House of Lane
6 years ago

What a fun outfit! Frocktails is so much fun isn’t it. I was lucky enough to go to the first Melbourne event. We had our first Brisbane frocktails last year and our second one is coming up in a few weeks. If anyone wants to come there are details on my blog and still time to rsvp – http://www.houseoflane.com/brisbane-frocktails-2015

Kat @ House of Lane
6 years ago
Reply to  Meg

We have a few of the Sydney girls who fly up for it sometimes. We always welcome interstate guests if you ever want to come. I’m sure the girls would love to meet you!