For me Frocktails is an excellent excuse to sew silk and let’s be honest, a chance to be a little bit daring.
I’m really pleased with how my Sydney Frocktails (February 2017) outfit came together. I did have doubts, but I think the pj vibe was put to rest with heels, beads and make-up.
The top, ‘Pattern D’ from the now out-of-print original Nani Iro book, has only three pattern pieces – front, back and bias binding. It’s the same pattern I used to make my houses top which I wear ALL the time!
This time around, I removed 4 inches (10 cm) from the width of the top and the length is as drafted. I used French seams and double-fold hems, so there are pretty insides (not shown).
Speaking of pretty insides, I hand-stitched down the facings on the Reef Shorts. I thought the abstract print on these shorts wouldn’t require any fussy cutting, but it wasn’t until I’d sewed them up that a green snake suddenly appeared on the front of my right leg. Isn’t it lucky I can laugh about these things!
I truly love the Reef Shorts pattern. The style is great, those curved hems are so flattering, and now that I’ve tweaked the pattern to fit me (hello flat bottom adjustment) we are a match made in heaven!
I can report that I was totally comfortable in my silk top and shorts all night. I had a great time catching up with those I already knew, meeting online friends in real life and of course making new friends. Caz from Useful Box did a fabulous job organising the night. She secured some great prizes, we had awesome discount vouchers in our goodies bag and her lovely husband took loads of top notch photos which you can all enjoy via the #sydneyfrocktails hashtag on Instagram.
Top Pattern: Pattern D from the originial Nani Iro book (free version available on the Nani Iro website… click on Woman T-shirt)
Fabric: SDC Silk from Franke, House of Stuart.
Alterations: Removed 4″ (10cm) from the width of the top. Finished the neckline with bias binding.
Shorts Pattern: Megan Nielsen’s Reef Camisole and Shorts Set (Version 2)
Fabric: Silk/Lycra from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: Left off the pockets, removed 3/4″ (2cm) from the width of the back pattern piece & hem facing, added 3/8″ (1 cm) to back side seam tapering to nothing at the hips, altered the waistband to reflect those changes and slightly lengthened the crotch curve.