#isewlation2020 : Sydney


Covid arrived in Australia in March 2020 and Sydney Frocktails was quickly switched to a virtual event.  I wasn’t planning on attending Sydney Frocktails in person, but heck yes, I could get behind sewing a frock for a virtual Frocktails while in lockdown in early April.  It was the perfect distraction from housework and home schooling.



I did a stash drive and uncovered this gorgeous ex-designer viscose which I had purchased from The Cloth Shop.  I love both the texture and the interesting colourway.  It’s unusual to find a vibrant print on a dusky background.


My pattern of choice was StyleArc’s Sydney Designer Dress.  Learning from the talented Mie from Sewing Like Mad, I used a drapey viscose and left off the pockets.  If you are adding the pockets, please note that they are drafted to be very low and you’ll need to raise them to ensure they are functional.


These photos were taken in Ballarat in December last year… you can probably tell it was a windy day and I was overdue for a haircut.


The breeze does show off the fluidity of the dress.  I love how the cocoon shape is generally deflated… unless the wind gets underneath it!


If you are a strider… you might find the hem to be slightly restrictive.  It’s perfectly fine for me… I just need to give it a little hitch when I’m climbing in and out of my truck… I mean car.


I do love my Sydney Designer Dress and I look forward to warmer weather so it’s back in regular rotation.


Pattern:  StyleArc’s Sydney Designer Dress
Ex-designer viscose purchased from The Cloth Shop [long sold out]
Completed a 3/8” (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment
Outfit:  As-new Funkis shoes purchased second hand 5+ years ago and beads from Scarlet Jones (also purchased years ago!)
Location:  Ballarat


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  • I made this dress last year and also left off the pockets and used a very soft drapey fabric. I think I shortened it slightly too. Great dress to wear on a hot day.

    • It’s definitely the best kind of dress to wear on a hot day. The swish keeps you just that little bit cooler.