Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Frocktober : Week 3 Round-up

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After such a busy week organising the cocktail party for 100 people, hosting it until 2 in the morning, and then hosting a golf day the next day, I was too tired to even contemplate sewing on Saturday, so instead Stella and I went to watch my husband Steve play cricket.  This means I can sit in a chair and read a book and possibly fall asleep.  I just have to pretend I see it if my husband does anything good!

Dress: Scallop dress in Tea Cup Print by Bernie Dexter
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House
(and it comes with the belt)
Bag: Vintage woven straw basket from Retro Station
(thats it on my left - and sorry, no web page for them...)
Bangles: Bakelite from Brighter Bakelite on Etsy
Shoes: Purchased at Macy's on my LA trip


Today was my sister-in-law's 40th birthday party, and it was 37 degrees and blowing a viciously gusty westerly (ie hot like a blow-dryer) wind so I decided the tropical wrap dress I made earlier in the year AND HADN'T WORN ANYWHERE was my best bet at staying cool and not having my skirt blown up around my ears!

Dress: Self-drafted rayon wrap dress - more here
Hair Flowers: by Berry Bombshell 
Bangles: Vintage lucite from Etsy
Shoes: Pink satin PUG Bettie shoes
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House
And you can't see it but I also carried...
Bag: PUG Wicker bag in lime green
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House


Today was MUCH cooler than yesterday.  THANK GOODNESS!!!!  So I pulled out this dress which I made from a heavy cotton curtain fabric with my favourite flower - hydrangeas!

Dress: Hydrangea dress, made by me
Belt: Vintage belt that matches a vintage dress I own
Shoes: last pair in stock, so total bargain - was $200, paid $40
purchased from Styletread
Also, I wore, but forgot to put on for the photos...
Bangles: lilac bakelite from Brighter Bakelite on Etsy
Bag: PUG wicker bag in lilac
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House


This dress, well this style of dress, is my favourite - the Heidi dress from Pinup Girl Clothing.  It just fits so good and is so flattering on my shape.  In fact, I've seen it on a few ladies and it looks good on everyone!  I have 5 of these dresses in different colours and so far this month I've worn three of them (including this one).

Dress: PUG Heidi dress in black pin dot
purchased from That Shop
Brooch: Hand assembled and painted brooch from Erstwilder
(and I'm not sure if you can see, but it looks like Miss Stella!)
Bangles: Vintage ones purchased at thrift stores for cheap!
Bag: PUG wicker bag in black
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House
Shoes: Black satin Bettie shoes by PUG
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House


I just love this vintage dress!  It arrived on Monday and I couldn't wait any longer to wear it.  There is SO MUCH SKIRT - over 1.5 circles I think - that it moves beautifully when I walk.  And the print on it is flocked, so its velvet-y.

Dress: Vintage 1950s dress purchased on Etsy
Bangles: Vintage lucite bangles purchased on Etsy
Shoes: White satin Bettie shoes by Pinup Girl Clothing
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House


You lovely people have seen this dress before.  I was in a bit of a hurry and it was going to be a hot day so I thought this frock would be perfect.  I didn't count on the gale force winds however....  When I arrived to have my photo taken and my parents house, my brother was on Skype from Canada, so he's in the photo with me too.

Dress: Made by me!
Belt: came with one of my Pinup Girl Clothing dresses
(I love dresses that come with belts - they are always so handy!)
Earrings: reproduction confetti lucite earrings by Lucy Luxxe
Shoes: White satin Bettie shoes by Pinup Girl Clothing
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House


Tonight I'm going to watch my step-daughter perform in her school musical, and because I'm going straight from work I needed a dress that would transition easily between day time and night time.  I thought this one would be perfect!

Dress: Vivian dress in Walk in the Park print from Retrospec'd
Bangles: Vintage lucite purchased from Etsy
Shoes: Black satin Bettie shoes by Pinup Girl Clothing
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House

Anyway, thats it for another week!  I'm past the half way mark and there is only 13 days to go!!  Don't forget to donate to this amazingly worthy cause here.



  1. Purple looks great on you! I love the hydrangea dress. I'd wear it every day for a week:)

    1. Thanks Joanna - it is one of my favourite colours! It just makes my skin glow :)

  2. You look lovely Beccie! And I must say your light blue dress with the tiny polkadots is still my favorite :) keep up the great work,
    x Kim

    1. Thanks Kim, it is lovely isn't it - and such a cool colour for a hot day!

  3. hey! so you ended up getting the dress with the kittens (soooooooooo cute!!!!) how did you manage with the bust size? it looks greeeeat! you look really really great every single day it's just crazy! you are such an inspiration! i love wearing skirts and dresses esp in summer but sometimes i just really want to wear a pair of jeans and a pretty shirt. do you not ever feel like just jeaning it? like sometime you just dont want to mess with hose? so ive been asking yo a lot of questions lol! maybe you could get a blog post out of it? i have more lol!

    1. This dress is a different style to the one I originally tried on. And the V neck of this one gives my girls much more space. With the other one that I tried on (that only came in black and red print) I would have had to buy an AU14 and then pull it apart and remake it so it had an AU10 waist... I'm not doing that...

      And as for 'do I ever feel like jeaning it' - the answer is I don't own a pair, so I can't :) And hose I only wear in winter when its cold(ish), its too hot now for hose! Bare legs baby!!

      And I love all your questions, and I'm going to do a how do I store my accessories post in November :)

  4. um...sorry.see those are not kittnes but dogs. so is the cute kitten skirt i commented on from last week dogs too? i really think i need to get checked out for glasses lol. been having headaches and moving thigns around when trying to read and can no longer see expiration dates on the ampoules at work :/

    1. Yep, they are both puppy dog skirts... maybe you do need glasses hahahaha. But in fairness, its not all that obvious!