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Summer Frocktails – Simplicity 1733 again

I think that last minute sewing has become a bit of a Frocktails tradition for many people.  I happened to have a bit of time up my sleeve, and plenty of patterns and fabrics at my disposal, so I began Frocktails sewing weeks ahead of the actual date.  My first dilemma was about what to make.

Frocktails Options

I did of course ask the hive mind of Instagram to help me decide, but that didn’t end up helping at all as opinions were divided between all four patterns. So I just picked one and started sewing. As it turned out, it was very fast to make. So I picked out another one, and sewed that. Then a third. Then a fourth. And on the day of Frocktails? I sewed the fifth.

Frocktails Options

I’ve already shown you one of the dresses that I made – the Flutter dress. But this one is the dress that I eventually chose to wear. It’s Simplicity 1733, sleeveless and full length.

Simplicity 1733 in slinky knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The fabric is from Darn Cheap Fabrics (yes, from the $2 table). It’s a lovely slinky poly/spandex knit, in a coral that works beautifully with my colouring. It’s the same fabric that I used for Clare’s top.

Simplicity 1733 in slinky knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

You’ve heard the details of Simplicity 1733 before in this post and this one, so
I’ll mostly share some photos. I did remember to take one mid construction of the bodice – this might help some of you to better visualise the way that the front twist goes together.

Simplicity 1733 in slinky knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I had my hair curled especially for the event as a bit of a lark. I wasn’t expecting to like it, but figured that I could wash it out if it looked terrible. I don’t think that I’ve had curls since a spiral perm in 1990. Anyway, I decided that it was a lot of fun, and others said nice things about it on the night! I might try it again one day. I actually felt a little bit “old Hollywood glam” with this dress and hair combination.

Simplicity 1733 in slinky knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I also sewed a simple embroidered mesh shrug to wear with my dress in case I got a little chilly. I used a remnant that was in stash, using the full width of the fabric so that the embroidered edges of the selvedges became the sleeve edges.

Simplicity 1733 in slinky knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

This is a very simple shrug to make, and there are loads of tutorials on the internet explaining how to do it. Google “sew one seam shrug” or “sew shrug tutorial” or “free shrug pattern” etc and you’ll find something like this that will work for you. Essentially it is a rectangle folded in half and seamed from one wrist to the other BUT with a gap left in the centre for the body. The edges of the gap can be simply turned and hemmed, or you can do what I did and use some fabric to bind the opening (like you’d do the neck of a knit top).

Simple rectangular one seam shrug in embroidered mesh from Darn Cheap Fabrics

Simple rectangular one seam shrug in embroidered mesh from Darn Cheap Fabrics

To wear it, you just put your arms through the sleeves and the opening just curves around your back and neck. It does need soft and stretchy fabric to work effectively.

Simplicity 1733 in slinky knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

As it turned out, I was warm enough without my shrug. So, to finish off, just a few more photos from Frocktails by Louisa Jones Photography.

Frocktails January 2016

Frocktails January 2016

Frocktails January 2016

The signature drink this time was the Tailor’s Tack.  I can’t remember what was in it, but it was delicious!

Frocktails January 2016

Thanks to Kat, Libby and Renee for organising the night – and to the ladies who coordinated some of the events around Frocktails, such as Friday night dinner, Sunday breakfast, and the epic fabric shopping trip (well done Anna!).  I couldn’t make it to the surrounding events, but the word was that they were all great fun!

Frocktails January 2016

Frocktails January 2016

The four of us work at the same place – but met through sewing!  We pretty much never run into one another at work.

Frocktails January 2016

(and no, I am not wearing Spanx).

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17 thoughts on “Summer Frocktails – Simplicity 1733 again

  1. IV been procrastinating about sewing a stupid pouch, and you have sewn five dresses in five minutes( slight exaggeration )
    The colour is fab on you and the style is great. Another garment really well done.

  2. Lovely. How amazing is that shrug. I am going to try that one day. I made a maxi skirt out of the same $2 fabric in the navy colour. I love it and I am still gobsmacked by the price. Looks like frocktails is lots of fun.

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