Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Frocktails and a new Elisalex

Recently the Aussie blogosphere has been all atwitter with excitement at the idea of Frocktails.  The basic premise - make a dress, wear it and turn up for a night of dinner and cocktails - brilliant!  The lovely Kat of All the Whimsical Things tirelessly organised the event to be held at a local Melbourne restaurant and 28 sewists turned out in self-made dresses and it was fabulous!!

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with Amanda of Bimble & Pimble

I didn't take nearly as many pictures as intended, I guess I was talking too much - so jump across to Mel's blog for more pics and to see everyone's wonderful dresses.

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Needless to say, a new dress was required for the occasion. I settled on another version of the Elisalex, I love my previous version but of course I have already worn that - I needed something new!

Frocktail Elisalex

As I had made it before construction wise I didn't change too much although I did cut a much smaller size in the shoulders, this time was a 6 and grading to a 10 for the rest of the bodice.  I raised the shoulders about 1cm and took a 1" wedge out of the upper back which resulted in a near perfect fit.

Frocktail Elisalex

But my pièce de résistance is the pockets - not only have I put some in, I had an idea (brilliant if I say so myself) of putting an invisible zipper on one so that I could put my cards & cash in for going out.  No more carrying a handbag or worrying where it is when I have had too many cocktails. Genius I say!!  (yep modest much?)

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Can you see the zip?? Me neither!!

Whilst I was in Melbourne I also did rather a lot of fabric shopping so I may have to consider a self-imposed ban whilst I do a bit of catch up! Ok, considered and I don't want to be rash, what if something else comes along? ;)

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Look out for next year's meetup in Sydney!!

24 comments:

  1. Love that photo of the pocket! It seriously is a genius idea. I might have to steal it for my new going out dress. It was so lovely to meet you. I am still jealous of that pink cherry fabric!

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    1. It was great to meet you properly too, and fab that you were able to get away for a break :)
      I am loving the cherry fabric too, now to find the perfect pattern!!

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  2. Ooooh, shiny, rosy, pretty Elisalex! And that zip pocket is genius!

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  3. Ooo! Loving your new Elisalex! The zip pocket is genius. Yours is the first version I've seen with pockets, and I have been looking because I'm half way through making mine. I didn't go with pockets on mine because I don't think my fabric is stiff enough; and it would have been finished by now, but the overlocker cones I need seem to have gone missing in the post! Grrr...

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    1. The pockets weren't too bad to put in, just on a curve but the volume of the dress helps.
      I hope your overlocker cones turn up soon :)

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  4. Looks like a great night - we need to do something like this in the UK. And I love the dress, especially the zip up pocket.

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    1. You definitely need to jump on this idea, it was great to be able to talk to everyone about not just sewing!

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  5. That is a genius idea! You and your dress look so gorgeous. Gosh I wish I had been there!

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    1. Thank you so much - you totally should have been there, I can't believe you got the dates confused :) Next time!!

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  6. Your dress is amazing. Great print. I hope to meet you when you're in Sydney too.

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    1. Definitely up for that - now to plan some dates (and some saving)

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  7. Woot! Looks like a terrific time was had at Frocktails. Your Elisalex is so pretty, the fabric jas such a nice sheen and print. And how super-smart to add an invisible zip to the pocket!!!! Brilliant. I'm so 'borrowing' that idea.

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  8. Love it!!! Such great colours and patterns on you too - very flattering. And if you didn't think a gal needed a new dress for such an occasion... I would be calling the doctors in! Any excuse ;)

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  9. The world of sewing blogs is going to overrun with invisible zip pocket copycats now! Such a genius idea! And your dress was/ is so stunning! This is one of those patterns where fabric choice seems crucial, and yours is perfect :)

    Lovely having a chat and laugh on Saturday!

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  10. You look gorgeous. Genius zip idea!

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  11. Your elisalex is amazing and the zip pocket is so genius!.
    We must have similar taste in fabric as I have 3 (yes 3!) of those fabrics in your pile :-)
    Lovely meeting you!

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  12. Your dress is really lovely Liz and the fabric is gorgeous. I am so pleased you all had a ball at Frocktails.

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  13. It was great to see you :) all cocktail dresses should def come with this modification- you could safely rip up the d-floor without a bag!

    On the bright side, with a stash like that if there is ever an apolocalypse you'll still be fabulously dressed

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  14. Wow, what a dress! :) You need to patent that pocket zipper idea before someone else gets rich off it, it's GOLD i tell ya! ^__^

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  15. Love your Elisalex!! I so wish I could have gone, but I'm a bit further away than Sydney now :( hopefully when I'm in Melbourne it might be on again, I'd love to hang out with you ladies and talk sewing :)

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  16. Oh, that's it! I am cutting mine out this weekend!!!! I love this dress on you!

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  17. That Elisalex could not me more perfect for you, Liz!
    And just quietly - that zipper pocket has revolutionsed EVERYTHING!!!

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