Friday, October 4, 2013

Frocktober : Week One Outfit Round-up

Frocktober???  Whats Frocktober???

Frocktober is an initiative of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, and it encourages people to get involved by wearing only dresses (and skirts) for the entire month of October and raise money for and awareness of ovarian cancer.

The statistics for this disease are not good.  In Australia, one woman dies every 10 hours from ovarian cancer.  The issue is there is no test for detecting it (a lot of people don't realise that a pap smear does not detect it) so, commonly its only diagnosed in its advanced stages, with only 20-30% of women surviving beyond 5 years.

This fun initiative aims to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, so they can achieve their research goals into this currently not-well-understood disease.  And yes, this is an Australian foundation, but we aren't so mean that we would keep tests and cures to ourselves!

Every little bit counts so I would love it if you could donate here.

I have teamed up with a bunch of other pinups and vintage ladies to raise as much money as possible.  If you have instagram, you can check out our photos by searching #teammskattskustomhouse.  I will be doing a blog post every Friday to highlight my outfits and ask for donations.  If nothing else this is going to be a fabulous opportunity for you all to see the extent of my wardrobe and accessory collection BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING TO WEAR THE SAME THING TWICE!

This may mean that by the end of October I'm wearing some really odd things on weekends, whilst sewing like a mad woman to come up with more dresses and skirts!!!!

So here we go...


I must admit it was really hard to pick what to wear today... I'm not going to be able to wear it again until November.... and this dress is one of my favourites.

Dress : Pinup Girl Clothing Heidi dress in Mint
purchased from Miskonduct
Shoes : Pinup Girl Clothing Bettie shoes
purchased from That Shop
Bag : Pinup Girl Clothing Wicker Baguette bag
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House
Bangles : vintage lucite
purchased at various times from Etsy
Necklace : hand made creation by Lucy Luxxe


Today I visited a vintage clothing exhibition - a selection of clothing from the Darnell Collection - focusing on evening wear from the 1920s through to the modern day.  Incredible exhibition and such ahhhhmazing clothes.  I fulfilled a fashion dream by seeing a Dior New Look suit from 1948 in person.  I really wanted to touch it but I was good and didn't...  I think the best thing about this exhbition was that none of the clothing was behind glass, so you could get right up close and see the beading and the fabrics...

I'm thinking I'll go back and have another look - it really deserves a blog post all of its own!

Dress :Vintage 1940s rayon dress
purchased from Ooh La La Vintage Group on Facebook
Shoes : Tony Bianco red suede peep toe heels
purchased in 2011 from Wanted Shoes
Bag : Pinup Girl Clothing Wicker bag
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House
Bangles : vintage lucite and bakelite
purchased at various times from Etsy
(Bakelite from Brighter Bakelite)

Bonus photo - me and Charlotte Smith, who owns the collection.  Lucky woman!  I got her to sign my catalogue.


The weather today is not being kind to those of us that are doing Frocktober... its cold, windy and rainy.  So I felt compelled to bring out something more wintery from my wardrobe.

Skirt : Pinup Girl Clothing Doris skirt in a discontinued print
purchased from That Shop
Top : Cardigan embellished with sequins
purchased from Alannah Hill
Shoes : Black patent leather (bargain! $15!)
purchased in 2012 from Target
Bag : Pinup Girl Clothing Wicker Baguette bag
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House
Bangles : vintage bakelite
purchased on Etsy from Brighter Bakelite


I am the Lady in Red today!  But what I love most about this outfit are the accessories.  I am wearing shoes with big red shiny lips on them, and I have a bangle with carved red lips too!!!

Dress : Pinup Girl Clothing Heidi dress in Red
purchased from PUG website
Cardigan : Alannah Hill
purchased several years ago, sorry...
Shoes : Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Shoes
purchased from MDreams Perth Store
Bag : Pinup Girl Clothing Wicker bag
purchased from Ms Katts Kustom House
Bangles : vintage lucite, Bakelite and fakelite
purchased at various times from Etsy

I hope you are liking my daily outfits so far!  Next week there will be seven different outfits!!!

Don't forget to donate to this good and worthy cause.



  1. Looking good! The lips bangle is insane but in an awesome way.

  2. I've never heard of Frocktober? I'm wondering if they do it in the U.S., and will be looking it up. I may try to participate a little anyway. By the way, I love your wardrobe! Everything you wear always makes me envious, but in a good way :)

  3. Oh Beccie:

    These outfits are so cute. You are one sexy mamma and I am so glad I found you however I did.

    So loving what you are accomplishing. I decided to stop in and ask a fav. My next goal is attainable. I am working toward 13 more likes on my FB page. Would you consider taking a look at it and if you can, please "like" it and help me reach the next level? I am at; and yes, I have "liked" and follow Sew Retro Rose (don't want you to think I am a freeloader or something).

    Either way, thank you for considering helping a learning fellow sewist out.