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  • Frockery eco-fashion challenge winners 2017

    March 12, 2017

    frockery challenge

    A big thank you to all who took part in our seventh Frockery eco-fashion challenge. A lot of frocks have passed through the shop since our first eco-fest in 2011, which was prompted by our being knee deep in snow, with an non-mobile frockmobile  and severely disrupted postal services. Although February 2017 was a great deal  milder weather wise, the lingering financial hangover from the festive season has always been an incentive for most of us  to embark on an economy drive. And what better way to  save money and the planet than vaunting the vintage, rocking the retro, celebrating the second hand and paying homage to the hand made?

    As ever this year, there was a stunning array of stylish outfits, creativity and storytelling on display throughout our month-long challenge as our eco-fashionistas strutted their selfies on our Facebook group, and we all enjoyed hearing about everyone's bargain buys and the stories behind their awesome ensembles.

    Although Judge Janice had to stand down from active duty this year due to other commitments, she has still been keeping an eye on us! The unenviable task meanwhile fell to our two remaining judges, who said they had really struggled to come to a final decision. But after much chivvying, the chief frocker has at last been passed the results (which have been double checked in order to avoid any Oscars-style faux pas!) Each of the winners will receive £50 of frockery of their choice from our catalogue, so please just drop us an email with your selections.

    So this year’s winners are....

    Vintage category: Catherine Low

    It was a privilege to see several unique vintage pieces made by a lady called Alberta grace our virtual catwalk, courtesy of their new owner Catherine, who also shared a host of  quirky and colourful looks and some incredible bargain buys. She explained: "When we bought an old house in Stromness, which was full of very old boatbuilder and blacksmithing jumble, I found in the bottom of a wardrobe a carefully packed box full of dresses.It turns out the sister (Alberta) of the former owner of the house had a tragic love story and became a recluse, never leaving the house until she died. She had a love of dressmaking and most of the dresses we're hand made. They all fit me really well, so will feature in a few more eco challenge pics, no doubt. I loved washing the dresses and hanging them out and I love wearing them - I feel Alberta would be pleased."

    vintage winner

    “I think the dress in the pic is from 1940s? I have a red rose and brown shoes ( the rose is another 10p goody from the local Ballater Clan shop and the shoes were a Christmas present last year from my second son."

    vintage winner

    "Another of Alberta's frocks. This one is made from raw silk and again is hand made. Early 50s? I also have black Ted Baker heels on from Red Cross Ballater."

    vintage winner

    "I buy a bright green dress and on the way out of the shop catch sight of an orange pashmina and still have change from a fiver. Looking a bit like the flag of India here - Namaste!"

    Preloved category: Suki Fitzgerald

    Suki showcased a selection of stunning outfits during the challenge, mixing charity shop bargains with hand-me-downs and customised Star Wars creations.

    preloved winner

    Ooh la la! "Dress and bolero were bought in a second hand shop in Paris for €2 each. Vintage necklace was a 21st birthday present (sadly a good few years ago now!)"

    preloved winner

    "My charity shop dress, £5. Necklace was charity shop too, £3. Secondhand cardigan, £1."

    preloved winner

    "Star Wars Comic-con outfits. Not exactly fashion, but they were eco - I made my hooded poncho out of our old duvet cover, and all other clothing was sourced from charity shops (total around £15) and then adapted/altered. I stitched everything by hand as I have no sewing machine -it took ages!"

    Hand made category: Ali Thomson

    Ali was inspired to learn to sew for the Frockery challenge and shared her progress and the results of her first project with us. Bravo! She said: "I got lots of lovely material from the Freecycle website and decided to take up sewing. I took a 6 week course at my local Arts Centre in East Kilbride and learned the basics. The Frockery challenge brought out my creative side and here are the results. I have thoroughly enjoyed making this dress, except for the neck line which was probably a bit ambitious for a beginner. But I'm delighted with the result. My 22 year old daughter has asked me to make her one – just not in that dodgy pattern! Thanks Frockery, it might be my first clothing project but it certainly won't be my last."

    hand made winner

    hand made winner

    The cutting room floor

    hand made winner's helper

    Canine helper sporting a stylish knitted coat

    hand made winner

    Ta da! The finished reult.

    Special award: Annick Breugelmans

    In addition, a special award, in the form  of a vintage brooch, goes to the lovely Annick, who impressed with her versatile style, colour combinations and accessories. We even learned about 'Larp' ( live action roleplay) events, where participants dress up and act out a character in prewritten scenarios (which gave the chief frocker an idea for a future challenge!) Although Annick is not UK-based, we decided to bend our own rules on this occasion.

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    "Handmade jewelry. Red top - uniform from a folk dance festival that we got to keep. Dress from the bargain bin (-75%) because of some loose seams ( easily mended). Tights bought by my sister as a touch of colour for a certain outfit, but passed along to me without wearing because she found them too colourful. Shoes were a birthday gift 2 years ago."

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    "Skirt bought in a closing sale about at half price about 10 years ago. Tights and long sleeve newly bought. Earrings bought on an outlet and flash sales website. Shrug passed down from a colleague along with some other clothes. Boots as seen before."

    Everyone is of course a winner and we'll look forward to doing it all again next year!

     

  • Metallic guru, is it you?

    December 1, 2016
    Marc Bolan was one of the chief frocker's heroes when glam rock was in the ascendant and Metal Guru stormed the charts in 1972. Oh, how we all cried when Marc died in 1977, but his legacy of metallics, lurid lurex and glitter remained de rigueur throughout the decade for a night out at the disco.
  • Celebrate the 70s for less!

    July 5, 2016
    We are celebrating the Seventies this summer with a 15% discount code which will be valid for all online purchases from our 70s vintage frockery department until Sunday 10 July. To take advantage of this offer, please just enter the code SEVENTIES at our checkout and the discount will be automatically applied.
  • Get spotted!

    May 23, 2016

    We have plenty of ways to get spotted going dotty this season at prices that won't bring you out in a rash! Join up the dots for a classic look that never goes out of fashion.

    spotted swing dress

    Spotted swing dress

    navy and white polka dot ensemble

    Gerald McCann for Dusk navy and white spotted two piece 

    spotted peplum dress

    Spotted peplum dress

    spotted rockabilly dress

    Spotted rockabilly frock

    polka dot shioes

    Dune polka dot heels

  • Frockery EcoFashion Challenge 2016: winners announced

    March 16, 2016

    frockery eco-fashion challenge 2016

    Sincere apologies for the delay in announcing our Frockery Eco Fashion Challenge winners due to a  combination of crises, including internet connection issues,  two days in court for the chief frocker (fotunately not as the accused!) and several days of London lurgy. Thank you all for your patience!

    We had some stunning entries again this year as an amazing array of vintage, hand made and preloved oufits were showcased on our virtual catwalk, along with accompanying stories of creative customisations and bargain buys. There is a tremendous sense of camaraderie among our FrockeryFacebook group members, which always makes the challenge such an enjoyable and fun event.

    It was another unenviable task and difficult decision for our esteemed judges - Janice Stewart of Tweed'll Dee, Kirstin Frocker and the absolutely fabulous Patsy A (whose internet connection is very vintage, practically dial-up, darling!) - as there was once again such an outstandingly stylish display of eco-fashion in all its glorious diversity throughout the month.

    But finally, here are this year's three worthy winners, who will each receive £50 of frockery of their choice from our catalogue, with an additional £25 for the 'story behind the style'. The images give just a glimpse of the range of eco-frockery that was 'rocked around the clock' during February.

     Gail Adams - vintage treasure huntress extraordinaire!

    frockery challenge winner Gail

    "So I am out treasure hunting and it is so cold. Out of the wardrobe comes old faithful, 10 years old and originally from M&S. The beret was a freebie from an elderly relatives house clearance."

    frockery challenge winner Gail 2

    "A lovely cashmere jacket bought from a charity shop in Brechin for £6.50. A perfect match for my tartan full circle skirt."

    Sharan King - vaunting the vintage and hand made!

    frockery challenge winner Sharan

    "#outfitoftheday this one is many years old but still loved like the first day I got her via eBay so was second hand #lindybop #vintagelook#vintagefashion #thefrockery"

    frockery challenge winner Sharan2

    "#‎outfitoftheday my beautiful blue ‪#‎imadethis ‪#‎dressmaker‪#‎makeyourownwardrobe and ‪#‎broochoftheday ice cream mmm‪#‎gofrockyourself ‪#‎letsdressvintage ‪#‎mrssewandsew ✂✂"

     Breagha Cuinn - queen of quirk, princess of preloved and wild child!

    frockery challenge winner Breagha

    "Today's Outfit: Charity Shop jacket (£3), Charity Shop dress (£5), Charity Shop tights (50p) Vintage brooch (£1), Second Hand scarf (Free)!"

    frockery challenge winner Breagha 2

    "Today's Outfit: Second hand leopard top (Free), Second Hand snake skin print cardigan (Free) Charity Shop zebra print jeans (£5)"

    Story behind the style - Gail's lampshade!

    frockery challenge story winner

     "The ultimate in eco fashion. What do you do when you rip your favourite vintage pleated skirt on the car door? Cover a boring lampshade, add matching corsage and a few roadkill feathers and we are good to go."

    Congratulations to our winners (please contact us to claim your prizes, ladies!) and a huge thank you to everyone who entered into the spirit of the #frockerychallenge 2016.  Hope to see you all again next year!

  • Viva la Biba!

    January 28, 2016

    vintage Biba label

    We are delighted to present this delectable vintage Biba dress which dates from the late 60s or early 70s and is looking for an appreciative new home. It is in excellent condition and would best suit a slim, boyish frame.

    Biba produced striped dresses in a variety of designs around this period, and since stripes are very much de rigueur this season, this dress not only fits the on-trend bill but is also a beautiful example of designer vintage fashion history.

    vintage Biba grey striped jersey dress

    Biba vintage dress

    biba vintage striped dress

    Anyone who enters an outfit in this year's Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge, which starts on 1st February 2016, will be eligible for a 10% discount on the catalogue price of this item as long as it is available. Please contact us and we'll reduce the price accordingly.