What could possibly make a frocktober even greater than wearing a frock everyday? Wearing a frock you have made everyday? That is pretty exciting for us. What what could take this one step further? Wearing a frock we had made that has a print of the frocktober girls by Alexandra Nea on it!
We first met the talented Alexandra Nea through Frocktober, first as a fellow frocker and then through her work with the OCRF creating the stunning frocktober girl illustrations.
With Alex’s blessing to use the frocktober girl illustrations we set to work creating the fabric print. It was important to consider the scale and spacing of the sketches so the formatting showcased them. Lauren created the fabric repeat in Photoshop and used the colour splashes thanks to the OCRF.
For our fabric selection we prefer to work with natural fibres in a sturdy weight fabric. We chose to print through Spoonflower, selecting their organic cotton sateen.
Once the fabric arrived we had fairly good idea of the frock styles we wanted to created. How could be go past making our favourite, Butterick 9764? Lauren made the bodice has a flat front with the bust value taken up by tucks in the shoulder. The skirt is an A line style with tucks mimcing the shoulder detail in the waist seam.
Inspried by the Review girl Erin created a fitted bodice with full skirt. With a double bust dart and bodice dart the curved bust line we used Butterick 9771 to create the dress. The skirt features darts and gathers with crinoline in the hem to help the volume of skirt sit out.
Smooth FM hosted their annual Frocktail event at The National Trust’s Como House. Hosted by Mike and Jen the evening featured it was the perfect opportunity for us to wear these wonderful frocks.
Lauren in Butterick 9764 with Frocktober Fabric Erin in Butterick 9771 with Frocktober Fabric
To see the rest of our frocktober frocks visit our Frocktober blog post here.
Visit Alexandra Nea’s website here