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Frocktober (day 31) October 31, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, reuse, Second Hand, Thrifting.
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Today is the final day of Frocktober 2010.  I have successfully completed my challenge!

Would you believe that I actually have more frocks than the 31 required for Frocktober?  Off the top of my head I can count another 5 that have not been worn for this month’s challenge.  Most of them need some alterations, or just a little TLC.  I’ll be fixing them up for summer over the coming weeks, and hopefully I’ll get around to posting before and after shots for the world to see.  If not expect to see them next year for another round of Frocktober fundraising!

Frocktober may be over for another year, but you can still donate online for another couple of weeks.  I’ll be doing a round-up post in the coming weeks with my final fundraising total.  If you haven’t donated yet there is still time!

Dress:  This is an oldie but a goodie.  I picked it up from a local Salvos store a few years back for the grand total of about $6.  It’s about two sizes too big, but the roominess is what makes it such a great summer dress.  It’s quite nice to have a dress that’s cotton, and loose under the arms for sweltering summer Sydney days.  I’ve been meaning to take it in for ages, but the more I wear it, the more I realise that it’s just fine as is.  All it needs is a securely fastened belt and it’s perfect.  I am going to change the buttons though.  That’s the least I can do.  Goodness knows what possessed the designers to put ugly desert brown buttons on such a colourful, fun frock.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

 

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Frocktober (day 30) October 31, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beach, birthday, dress, fabric, friends, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, hand made, sewing, silk.
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This photo was taken at the park in Maroubra, prior to all of our guests arriving to celebrate the Mr’s 30th birthday.  We had a most excellent day in the sunshine, surrounded with friends, and eating plenty of lovely food.

Dress:  Handmade in Vietnam by a local tailor, this silk dress is so lovely to wear.  It’s the perfect picnic frock.  The circle skirt is plentiful enough that I can sit quite happily cross-legged and know that I’m not flashing any friends.  Definitely a factor to consider when selecting your picnic going frock.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

 

Frocktober (day 29) October 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Second Hand, Surry Hills, Thrifting, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today J has the day off work, so we headed out for a late breakfast at Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point.  Delicious food, as always.  The company wasn’t bad either!

I got plenty of odd looks while posing here, which is strange considering the high percentage of posers that live in our area.  Go figure.

Dress:  I bought this to wear to my friend Kate’s Hen’s night.  It’s quite short, so I like to wear a pair of leggings underneath so as to not shock any sensitive locals.  Purchased from the ever wonderful Zoo Clothing in Surry Hills.  Yes, it’s pretty much the only place I shop for quality dresses now.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 28) October 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Surry Hills, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Oops!  I woke up this morning and realised that I had forgotten to update yesterday’s frock.  Bad blogger!

I love this dress so much.  It was one of those finds where you can’t quite believe that you’ve found something so cool, so you cling to it possessively until you get to the changing room.  That’s how it is with vintage clothing shopping.  There’s not going to be another one in the back room somewhere, so you have to guard your precious very closely.

Dress:  Bought from the wonderful Zoo Clothing in Surry Hills.  One of my more expensive pieces – I think this may have cost about $65 at the time.  It’s beautifully cut, and I’ve always loved the way the dress is designed with the great collar.  It’s a little creased in this photo, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered getting out the iron.  Just imagine it perfectly pressed.

 

 

So far I’ve raised $400 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation this year, which is just wonderful!  I’ll be rattling the donation bucket at the Mr’s birthday picnic this weekend so hopefully that will increase the overall total.  Yay!

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 27) October 27, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Second Hand, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today’s frock is another of my Muumuu’s!  It’s a recent acquisition, one I picked up from an estate sale a few months back.  I think I paid $15 for it.  At the time I thought it was just beautiful fabric, but when I got home I realised that it was actually a Muumuu.  Much hilarity ensued.

My plan was to shorten it, but my girlfriends all want me to keep it as is.  I guess it’s hippy chic for me this summer!

Dress:  Vintage Muumuu, made from what I think is a cotton/linen blend.  It’s perfectly roomy, without the dreaded tent look that some other Muumuu’s have.  Love it!

 

Here’s a close up of the fabric – isn’t it incredible!

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

Frocktober (day 25) October 25, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, newtown, Op Shopping, Second Hand, vintage, vintage fabric.
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I have a confession to make.  I am the owner of not one, but three Muumuu’s.

Today’s frock is the first Muumuu that I ever owned.  I bought it for a hawaiian themed party we threw many moons ago.  It was so perfect!

Dress:  Vintage polyester Muumuu, picked up from a vintage store in Newtown many years ago.  The print is of palm trees, rocky islands, and tiny windsurfers.  Hawaii is written on the sails of the boats.  Yes folks, that’s how cool this is.  I have no intention of ever parting ways with it.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 24) October 24, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, friends, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, gift, recycle, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today we went to our friend Noa’s 1st birthday party, which is why I’m wearing this party hat!

I nabbed this dress yesterday, in our afternoon frock swap.  My friend Virginia donated it, and I love it.  Thanks Virginia!

Dress:  Otto Mode stretch cotton tunic.  It’s so comfortable and soft, what a great dress!  I wore a black slip under it, which is what you can see poking out from underneath.

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 23) October 23, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, cotton, dining in, dress, fabric, food, friends, friendship, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today I hosted an afternoon tea and frock swap to raise some funds for Frocktober.  I’ve just looked in the collection tin and there’s $170 in there!  Fantastic!

We all had a lovely time eating cakes, drinking bubbles, and swapping our pre-loved threads.  It poured down right in the middle of our afternoon tea so we all had to move inside quick smart.  This photo was taken right in the middle of the hardest downpour of the day.  The things we do!

Dress:  This one is the perfect picnic dress, a breezy cotton Gorman sundress with silk ties.  Love it.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frockotber (day 22) October 22, 2010

Posted by Sarah in black, clothes, dining out, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me.
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Today was lovely and warm, and I confess I stayed home in shorts and a tshirt all day.  I had a full day of making, cleaning and tidying at home, and didn’t get a chance to frock up until the Mr got home.  A perfect excuse for taking me out to dinner was that I needed to wear my dress and get a photo – yay!

Tomorrow I’m hosting my Frocktober fund raising afternoon tea and frock swap.  I’m very much looking forward to seeing all my lovely lady friends for an afternoon of fun times!

Dress:  Nicola Finetti zip up LBD.  I love this dress.  It always makes me feel great when I wear it.  Check out last year’s Frocktober photo for the dress sans cardigan.
Cardigan:  Gorman – given to me by a very thoughtful friend for my birthday this year.  You can’t see in this photo but it has little stars all over it.  Cute!

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 21) October 21, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, Second Hand, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Another day, another foray into awkward self portraits.  This one was taken in a teeny tiny park around the corner from my house.  You could perhaps have a picnic for 4 in it, if you were really good friends.  Although I didn’t actually see anyone watching me it’s quite likely there was someone in one of the town houses wondering what on earth I was doing taking multiple photos of myself.  Poser.

Dress:  Vintage Muumuu!  I believe that this came from my favourite vintage store – Zoo Clothing.  It’s lovely and breezy to wear, and kinda cute I think.  Much more flattering than my other two muumuu’s (both of which you’ll see before the month is out).

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.