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Written by Julia Mulcair on March 2, 2023

Time to Frock up for Frocktails Again

I recently attended the inaugural Blue Mountains Frocktails event, hosted at the beautiful Carrington hotel in the heart of Katoomba. It's a grand old hotel so required an equally luxe look. This emerald liquid look satin caught my eye and I immediately knew it needed to be something drapey with layers. I browsed my Pinterest board and found the perfect inspiration! I had just the pattern in my stash for the skirt and mashed it with a vintage-style pattern for the top half to make it a dress.


Cutting this baby out was a mission! All those flounces! But once I started to sew it came together pretty quick.

finished dress 1

The main hurdle with this make was hemming those flounces. I recalled a technique a friend who is a couturier taught me for this. I turned the hem up 1.5cm, stitching as close as possible to the edge, cut the excess away with my duckbill scissors, pressed, then turned again and stitched on the same line. This worked a treat for the flounces on the skirt as well as the sleeves.

finished dress 2

I felt it needed a little something extra, so I added these cute butterfly motifs to the shoulders

shoulder motif

Pretty happy with this make, and my creative 3.0 handled this liquid silky satin with ease!

finished dress 3

Until next time, Happy sewing

Julia x

Article written by Julia Mulcair
Julia Mulcair is the owner of Pitt Trading, an Australian online fabric store and the lingerie society, a monthly subscription service for lingerie sewers. She grew up around fabric, and has been sewing for 30 years. Julia focuses on garment sewing, with a particular love of lingerie making. She shares her makes on Instagram and YouTube and is always working on the next lingerie design!

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