Frock Out Prizes Update and Giveaway

Frock Out night approaches!  On May 26th, I’m running a crafty-social night at Piece Together in Wooloongabba.  The idea is to meet up with other local sewists and crafters and enjoy a few drinks and some nibbles wearing a garment you’ve made- perhaps that pretty frock that you love but wore only once?  Now is your chance to get it out!  Am I the only person who does that?

If you don’t sew but you’d like to come along, you’re also welcome!  The “dress” code isn’t rigid at all- but only those who wear an outfit they’ve made will be eligible to enter the drawing for prizes:

Sew & Pamper Prize Pack from Fabric Fascinations– Anna Maria Horner Evening Empire Dress Pattern, OPI Black Shatter Nail Polish, and a yummy Salt City candle!  Fabric Fascinations is a soon-to-be-open Brisbane based online boutique for all your apparel fabric and chick-ly needs.  I love the concept, more on Fabric Fascinations soon!

Edited to add this breaking news: Voodoo Rabbit, purveyor of “fabric and sewing supplies for the dark arts and craftist” is sponsoring a $50 Gift Voucher! Whew!  They carry all manner of very very cool and unexpected quilting cottons (my favorite place to go dress fabric shopping with the little girl!) and haberdashery.  And I love hanging out with those ladies!  They’re super rad!

$50 Gift Voucher from Sckaf’s Fabrics– They’re a fantastic local retailer of wovens, fancy-fancy swishy fabrics, haberdashery and trims.   I visited them the other week and I was blown away by their customer service, it was my first visit but will not be my last.

$75 Gift Voucher from The Fabric Store.  They’re a part of the Global Fabrics family, and only opened up in Brisbane last November.  I. Love. Their. Fabrics.  They carry fabrics I *want* to wear: casuals, wools, boucles, suitings, all kinds of knits, “green” fabrics, everything.  I think most of my makes this year have been from materials I picked up there.  The prices are not bad at all, the quality is great, and I love chatting with whoever is working.

And finally, I’ll be giving away a spot in my “Perfectly Fitting Pants” workshop, to be held July 14th at Piece Together- more on that workshop to come!

I won’t lie.  I’m super jealous.  I want those prizes!  I’m not kidding.

Now, I know I have a lot of readers outside Brisbane, and I thought I’d have a nice frocky giveaway to smooth things over with you all.  This is Simplicity 4110, which I got in a pattern swap.  I’d like to pass her on to someone else.

To enter, just leave a comment here telling me about your favorite dress.  It could be yours, it could be an iconic dress, it could be one you saw on a sewing blog.  Entries close at 2pm on the 26th- then I’ll choose a winner at Frock Out and read out your comment!  It’s almost, just a little like coming along.  And I’ll throw in a Dior Rose brooch/hairpiece!  (If I could, I’d drop in a cocktail, too..)

Check out my Dior rose hairpiece- that’s the craft we’re making!  I went out and picked up the fabric (mmm, yummy silk-cotton Radiance) today, several shades of “rose” from red to pinks to ivory.  That’s what’s the in the banner tonight!

If you’re in Brisbane and this sounds like your idea of a good time, check out the Frock Out! page for more information and to register (if I know numbers ahead of time, I can get the catering right!).  I have a few little surprises up my sleeve, too…

Special Frock Out offer for Brisbane Bloggers: Help me spread the word through Brisbane’s crafting community by blogging about Frock Out.  Email the link to me and I’ll send you a ticket to Frock Out for half price!

And many, many thanks to BrisStyle (the local arm of Etsy) for featuring me and Frock Out on the BrisStyle blog!

Next up: some 1940’s menswear, buttonholes, and then I’m diving headfirst into my dress for Frock Out… I’ve had a few thoughts.


  1. Whis I could come! I live in the states however. I love the dress patern in the giveaway.

    • Yes, and I just got word from Voodoo Rabbit! They’re putting up $50- wow.. Think of all the Lila dresses I could get with that… But the prizes are not for me!!

  2. Wow those are some fantastic prizes. If I wasn’t an ocean and most of a continent away, I’d be there.

    It is so hard to pick a single favourite isn’t it? There was a dress my mom made for me when I was little. I should take some pictures next time I’m at their house. I drew a picture of me wearing it in my Grade 2 “journal” and I remember drawing on the little flowers scattered on the white fabric, they were important because I loved the fabric. I ran around the church basement wearing it. It was pretty enough for my first communion but it was a heavy enough cotton to really play without it getting ripped or stained.

    But if I was to wear something to your frock night, it would likely be the Lekala 5432 that I wore to two weddings. And New Years. And Christmas. It is too fancy for frequent wear but I am so proud of how it turned out.

  3. Favourite dress… Difficult. It’s usually the latest dress I made or want to make. Right now I would have to say it’s the Cambie from Sewaholic Patterns.

  4. I am still only 80% done my first sewn dress (and it will be cute but not a favourite ever). Right now I’m really loving this dressùn/73723 — the lovely orange and blue detailed liberty print plus the rather fitted and structured shape are really delightful :)
    And I am super impressed with your ‘tribute to mommies’ dress! It is just lovely, and from a bed sheet too :)

    • That dress is super cute! Though I’d probably have to open up the neckline…

      Thanks! :) Sheets can become amazing little garments… And it’s super satisfying.

  5. The dress is so cute and it’s in my size…but I don’t know if I’d ever get around to making it. So sort of enter me, but only if nobody else does. The bolero in knit is a pretty genius idea.

    • Oh shoot- I used the vintage pattern wiki photo! The one I have is a 32″ bust. I so should have mentioned that! It would look super cute on you.

    • That dress is so cute- I love 60’s jumper things. :)

      My SIL is a photographer and she’ll be stalking the event, so I should have some pretty pretty photos with any luck!

  6. I, too, would be there if I could. Love that dress pattern!

    My fave dress of my own makes (other people’s gets too hard to pick) is Simplicity 6023:

    Which pattern I won in a giveaway (from none other than Male Pattern Boldness). It’s casual enough to wear on a regular day, but makes me feel totally put together and pretty and *curvy* (which I never feel) and I just love it. The only problem is it’s pretty strictly a spring/fall kind of dress—too dark and hot for summer but not warm enough for winter.

  7. My favourite dress was probably one that a friend of my mum’s made me for a birthday once…my 6th or 7th birthday I think! It was pink and puffy and had a layered skirt and fabric flowers…. :)

  8. If I still lived up there I would be there in a heartbeat. Maybe I’ll frock up at home and sew along from Hobart. My favourite dress was worn by Doris Day in Do Not Disturb. It was an orange lame, floor length sheath with a deep cowl back dipping almost all the way to her plumber’s crack. I don’t know if you can even buy lame these days, but one day I will make that dress and hope that an appropriate event comes along. What made this dress memorable for me (besides the deep cowl back) was the stunning ivory opera coat she wore over the top, which totally hid the fabulous dress underneath. The coat was lined with the same stunning orange lame. It still inspires me to this day. You can see it here

  9. This is so exciting.
    I have long admired the Bombshell dress by Gertie, especially seeing so may bloggers are raving about it!

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  11. I love me a good frock, Steph. Always ankle length, mostly maxi, and my two favrouites are a silk cotton blend with big paintilly roses on it, and one I bought at Evans in England in an olive brown/cream print that is cut so superbly I always feel wonderful in it. Wish I could be there! :)

  12. Oh… I wish I could fly over from NZ to attend Frock Out, it sounds like such fun! And what glorious prizes you have organised – credit to you!

    Hhhmm, well, my favourite dress is actually still a pattern sitting in my stash. I’ve adored it since I was a teenager and bought the pattern last year when I popped randomly into an Arthur Toye store and all Vogue patterns were half price. Can you believe it, the only one they had left in stock was my size! It’s the stunning Vogue V2890, seen here: If I ever get married, this is gonna be my dress.

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  14. Wish I could be there too, but alas, I’m stuck in Philadelphia, PA.

    My favorite dress, from the moment I saw it, was the iconic black dress in the opening moments of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. So much so, that I made my mother sew me a similar dress for my junior prom (it had a mandarin collar and a low cut back strung with five strings of rhinestones and a “mermaid” kind of cut–longer in the back than in the front–I felt so elegant in it!)

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  17. I had a lovely blue dress back in the 80s — very simple, dropped-waist bodice, long sleeves gathered to cuffs and a softly gathered skirt, all in this beautifully flowing, drapey rayon. It was given to me by a co-worker who was tired of it and I literally wore it out. It was the first rayon garment I remember owning, and I was so taken with it that I really started to notice different fabrics and the way they behaved.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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