Frocking it up in Melbourne

Frocking it up in Melbourne


Have you missed me?  I’ve missed you.  Today I’m back with my Melbourne Frocktails outfit.


I set myself a little challenge for this edition of Frocktails… buy nothing new!  And the report card… I succeeded.  I even trotted out the leather clutch that I made for Canberra Frocktails.


This outfit actually started with my shoes, well boots to be exact, and a vague knowledge that I would be wearing opaque tights and raiding my silk stash for both a dress and a scarf.  How lucky was I to find these two silk beauties in the stash?


With the help of this online video, I hand stitched a rolled hem on a square of silk twill and made my own scarf.  The video does go on and on a bit, but for your reference and mine, the very critical information on how to go around corners is at the 12 minute mark.



Simplicity 2472 was my sack dress of choice for this special occasion.  It’s a Cynthia Rowley pattern and I sewed the dress length (View B) with the narrow of narrowest hems.


The pattern is a simple one, with just four pattern pieces (front, back, neck binding and arm bindings) but it’s a good one and I’m sure it’s not the last time you’ll see it in these parts.

The next Melbourne Frocktails event has been announced… a summer edition!  My personal challenge for this event is going to be NOT to sew a sack dress.  Stepping out of my comfort zone for sure, but isn’t that just what these events are all about?


Pattern:  Simplicity 2472
Fabric Dress: 
Silk crepe de chine from Tessuti
Fabric Dress: 
Silk twill from Tessuti
Accessories:  Me-made silk scarf with a hand-stitched rolled hem


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