This post is sponsored by the wonderful women from The Drapery, who in supporting Froctober and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, gifted me the gorgeous Nani Iro fabric for my dress. The Drapery is a fabric store located in Adelaide, South Australia, that stocks carefully selected natural fibre fabrics (including Liberty, Nani Iro and amazing linens) and indie patterns. All opinions expressed remain my own.
Hello and welcome to the wonderful month of October! You can expect serious frockage, unseasonably hot weather and a plethora of days raising awareness for some of the many causes that are often funded by, and rely on, the good will of our community.
One of the main events held this month is Froctober, where ladies (and gents) frock up to raise much needed funds for research into ovarian cancer. It is reported that one woman dies every 10 hours from ovarian cancer and there is still no early detection test. Terrible. Women are normally diagnosed at the later stages of this disease, when the cancer has spread to other organs in the body. This means a significant decrease in the chances of overcoming this cancer. Early detection is key to treating and surviving this. Frocks around Australia are taking this seriously, and are being used to raise money for this much needed research.
At this point in time, the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) does not receive government funding, and relies on donations and fundraising from the community to develop an early detection test. I am proud to report that along with three of my colleagues at work, we raised $125 which will go directly to the OCRF. I also managed to discuss the fundraising and its importance with senior management by stating: “I’m raising money for ovarian cancer research, because, ovaries: where would we be without them?”. He looked at me for a second with head to the side, dropped some money in the jar and then quietly backed away…
If you would like to donate directly, you can do so here. I would post you cookies in exchange for donations, however they may end up as crumbs in the post.
So. Awareness raised. Let us move onto the frock.
Behold, my new Emery Dress with self-drafted skirt, made in the most beautiful Nani Iro double gauze, and lined in sultry silk. It is truly like wearing a whisper that only I can hear. Swish and swoosh, like the leaves gently rustling in the spring breeze.
I started by using the Emery bodice, adding a centre back seam to capture the selvage of the the Nani Iro, and then finishing off with a self-drafted pleated, wrap skirt. The dress is lined in silk, using the Emery skirt pattern with some of the width taken out to reduce bulk at the waist.
I created the skirt pattern by taking apart one of my oldest and favourite RTW dresses and using it as a template to create the pleats. I vividly remember the day I purchased it. Firstly because it was incredibly expensive for me at the time, and secondly because when I mentioned to Bruce I might be indulging in a pricy dress, it was given the ok if I bought home a chicken. Chicken was delivered, dress was purchased: a worthy exchange. It has been worn lovingly for over 7 years and was still in admirable shape, save for the highlighter pen marks. I’ve been wanting to recreate this for years, but didn’t have the heart to unstitch that dress and be left without it.
Luckily I found another version (in purple no less!) on eBay so was able to take the original apart. There were so many things to love about my old dress, including the details of the metal adornments (lovingly restitched onto the newly made dress), the hem (again reused on my Emery dress) and the number of well placed stitches that held it together over time. The thing with properly made garments is they take time to deconstruct as well as construct. Not the typical pull one thread and the entire piece falls apart. It took hours to undo, it was so well made.
The pleats sit in a most pleasing fashion on the derriere. Top stitched down by a 9cm long rectangle, they hold fast across the bottom before gently flaring out. This also makes for excellent twirlability.
I also put in a side zip. Revelation! It is so lovely to zip the side without having to do the wiggle dance involved with centre back seam closures.
I also had the opportunity to try out my fancy new shoes. I think they will be perfect for sitting down and indulging in high tea. They are definitely not made for walking. I felt like a baby giraffe on stilts.
So a beautiful dress for a well deserving cause. Sadly this particular print is now out of stock, however there are a number of other equally beautiful Nani Iro fabrics in-store and I’m informed by a well placed source that a new shipment is on the way. The Drapery is also offering 10% off combined fabric and pattern purchases until the end of October with $2 from each combined purchase being donated to ORCF. Support research, save money and buy beautiful fabric. Sounds like an excellent deal to me!
For other Froctober blog posts, see The Drapery here, here and here, and also the ever stylish and beautiful Blogless Anna, here.
Curtsey and may we find early detection for ovary health soon. Because literally, we wouldn’t be here without them ; ).
Photos by Bruce. Nani Iro fabric gifted from The Drapery. Hair flowers by Garden of Whimsy. Shoes from Christian Louboutin. Tights from Wolford. Marrimeko parasol from Kiitos. Lack of bubbles presented by B1 and B2.
so pretty, lovely modified skirt, well done on your fundraising ;o)
I admit to being a little nervous about the skirt. No toile, just good fitting luck! It will be used again. Those pleats are very flattering on my lady lumps!
Beautiful dress Pips, just beautiful. Lovely story & fantastic cause.
Thank you Anna. Another day, another dress. But this one just may save an ovary, or a life. And that’s a pretty special dress. xxx
Thank you so much for being a part of our Frocktober at The Drapery, Pips! The dress is so very beautiful. How lovely that you were able to incorporate elements from a favourite old dress into it! I do love the twirlable skirt. And yes, ovaries: where would any of us be without them?
Thank you so much for inviting me to partake. And saving ovaries and women’s lives with dresses? How could anyone say no to that. xxx
Beautiful dress, love the lace at the hem. Such a worthwhile cause too.
Thank you. I love adding the old to the new. It creates even more love! xxx
You just make the prettiest, most feminine dresses. I love your style!
I once ran a ‘Frocktober’ at my work and challenged myself to wear a different stress every day.. and I did & blogged about it. I had themed Fridays and everyone dressed up. Plus we convinced four men to wear a dress on the Fridays of the month as well. We had a blast & raised over $4K!
Thanks Lizzy, there is no side stepping the feminine factor this week! What a wonderful effort for Frocktober you ran! I tried to get a couple of boys in frocks, but they declined citing the visiting Minister as reason for not frocking up. A weak reason, me thinks! xxx
beautiful Pip! Love your whimsical style – and such a lovely cause! Gorgeous. ☺️
Thank you Rachel. Whimsy is thy middle name. xxx
Beautifully feminine. I particularly like the little button (?) detail on the front. Well done on your fundraising.
Thank you Clarinda. I can’t get away from the girly girl. I’m trying to hunt down some more of the metal button, medallion details. I want them on everything!