Reinvent, repurpose and reuse – Frocktastic!!

by Miss J

in 1940s,1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Recently I was lucky enough to obtain this beautiful Australian Home Journal dress pattern with divine scalloped edges and I was waiting until I found the perfect fabric – as most of you know sometimes the fabric and the pattern just fit together and often one will go unused for quite a while until it’s perfect match is found.

While helping a friend with a family estate, a pile of old linen was left and destined for the donation box – until I spotted this most beautiful, pristine sheeting. I had found my perfect match!!!

As with most vintage patterns of the 1930, 1940 and 1950 eras quite a lot don’t have instructions and most are sold as a particular size. I was literally flying blind with this one and I knew I would not get another chance with this fabric.

After I had praised the fabric angels above and thanked them for their gift, I was then to have an occasion for this lovely design.

For the entire month of October I participated in an amazing nationwide charity event called ‘Frocktober‘ – involving women from all walks of life, wearing dresses, skirts and frocks for the 31 days of October (henceforth referred to as Frocktober) to raise awareness and research funds for ovarian cancer research. I was proud to be involved in this month long party that has made me new virtual friends via the everyday ‘Instagramming’ of frocks. The event raised a staggering $300,000 with the tagline ‘love the frock you’re in’.

Frocktober was the perfect debut for my beautiful reinvented frock.

Teamed with a cream satin ribbon and cream Mary-janes, I felt a wonderful connection to the family that gifted the fabric to me and to my rich Australian past that produced this lovely pattern.

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A full time working mother, part time university student and all the time diva... I am only 4'10" and a little size 8 (Au) and I struggle to find gorgeous retro styled clothing to fit my height - so I make my own! I have been sewing since I could hold a needle and my great grandmother taught me to sew on a 1908 Singer treadle machine.

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Anthea November 2, 2013 at 5:30 am

Very cute! Love the fabric!

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Aaminah November 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

How cute you are in that dress! And I am loving the collar, is the edge scalloped? Would love to see it up close.

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Miss J November 7, 2013 at 12:24 am

Thanks Aaminah, it is scalloped all the way around the collar. I will try and add a close up!

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EmSewCrazy November 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Very cute.
I think the idea of Frocktober is so neat! I’d never heard of it before this month. What a special thing to do!

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Siri Andersen November 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Soooo cute!! Looks good enough to eat :)

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Catherine Alekna November 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm

so lovely! I love finding Australian patterns, they never seem to leave our shores!

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Jordan November 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Great fabric, totally fitting for the 50s. Good job!

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Miss J November 7, 2013 at 12:25 am

Thank you ladies! This frock has so many lovely feelings attached to it.

I also wore it for my Grandmothers 89th birthday and she loved it.

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