Frock Out Brisbane at Piece Together! (And Another Megan Dress!)

I’m so excited about this I don’t know where to start!  A few weeks ago, Tammy and Jennine from Piece Together contacted me about the possibility of holding a sewing event in their space.  I hadn’t heard about them, they’ve only been open since last winter.  Curious, I dropped by to see what they were about and check out their space:

They're situated above a coffee shop in the Gabba, right in the "Antiques" district!

Big tables, natural light, crafty bits and pieces, such lovely space, space, space!

Tammy and Jennine- we had so much fun talking, I stayed for three hours! It's always such a pleasure to meet like-minded people. We're totally on the same wavelength!

I fell in love.  Piece Together is one part teaching space, one part sewing cafe, and one part handmade marketplace.  Wow!  Brisbane really needs a place like this, I’m so glad these ladies stepped up to the plate and made it happen.  Of course I’d be delighted to make a big happy mess at Piece Together!!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure most people who sew love to make inappropriate dresses.  Inappropriate meaning you get to wear it once or twice, tops, if you’re lucky.  That’s where Frock Out Night comes in- it’s a chance to play dress up with your favorite self-made dress or outfit and come meet up with other local crafty and sewing people.  We’ll have cocktails, a light meal by The Burrito Bar (spicy to mild, meaty to veggie, something for everyone), and a pretty lady-like craft:

I love these silk Dior style fabric roses; if you click the image you’ll see my tutorial for them.  They look great as a hairpiece or a brooch or hat-trimming.  We’ll leave that up to you, along with your choice of several colors of pre-cut silk roses.  It’s a fun little project for crafters of any skill level, and oooooh they’re so pretty.  I can’t wait to see a whole table full of them!

It should be a great night out, and rumor has it that several local independent crafting and sewing shops will be sponsoring some fantastic door prizes!  (More on that soon!)  We’ll also take a sneak peek at several of my upcoming workshops- you get first dibs!  The pre-sale tickets are $20 until May 5, then the regular price is $30.  Frock Out Night is May 26, 5-9pm.  You can find out more information by clicking here or by clicking the Frock Out button on my sidebar.  You can even pay for tickets online!  (Or in person at Piece Together or by phone 3391 1140)

(Non-sewists are also more than welcome, wear whatever makes you feel pretty and show up ready to have a drink and make some fabric flowers!  However, only those wearing self-sewn outfits will be eligible for prizes.  Be sure to bring your pattern number!)  I hope to see you there, crafty and sewy Brisbane!

Obviously, the most sensible thing for me to do would be to dust off an old cocktail dress and wear that- but Frock Out gives me the perfect excuse to make up this sassy little number Megan wears in Mad Men and I’m going to take it!  I’m heading out in search of the perfect fabric tomorrow (and haunting a few op-shops for beaded trim).  Tomorrow’s Post: What I found while fabric shopping and the NYC LBD plan of action!


  1. Wow, that looks like a great venue and a great opportunity :) And that’s an amazing dress, can’t wait to see the final result!

  2. Oh, I’m so jealous. Seems like there are so many cool sewists out in your part of the world. Makes me want to move there. Have fun!

    • I guess so… I’ve spent a few years being wildly jealous of all the cool stuff the sewists in New York and the UK get up to… Why not make an event where you live?

  3. What a great idea. I’m sure there are many wonderful sewists in my part of the world, since I do live in a large urban area, but connecting with them has eluded me so far. I’m loving that black dress!

    • Yes. The connection bit is hard. Here in Brisbane the sewists are just sort of scattered and don’t seem to connect much… So we’re trying to change that!

  4. What a brilliant idea! I may filch a variation of it! Amy at Aeon Vintage which is a vintage and bespoke shop holds a Frocking Friday every now and then which i about gettign glammed up in your favourite OTT rock and hitting the town. I like this more ladylike version of it :)

  5. I’m so jealous. Sometimes I feel like I live in Siberia in the depth of a long, very cold winter. In Belfast (NI) I have the choice of two (2) fabric shops! Thank goodness for the internet. If anyone out there knows of ‘like minded’ people in NI let me know – I’m freezing.

  6. Oooh…sounds like fun! What a great idea for a night! Wish I could be there. And Megans dress is totally swoon worthy!

  7. Sounds like fun. I may have to make it along and make something fabulous to wear too.
    If you luck out finding beaded trimmings in the op shops then there is carded beaded trimming which looks like it’s from the 60’s (maybe). It has a 1960’s price scribbled out and a 2012 price.
    The shop is Bead and Trimming Co. 39 Merivale street South Brisbane. It has a doll hospital out the back. I found a list of trimmings on their website.

    Can’t wait to see your dress.

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