• Skeleton staff next week!

    March 1, 2016

    Just a note to advise customers that our dispatch of orders may be slightly delayed next week as the chief frocker will be away in London, leaving a minor frocker in sole charge, whose packing skills are not yet quite as refined as his techie expertise!

    All orders placed from Saturday 5th March will be sent at the very latest on Saturday 12th March. Normal service will resume thereafter, with same day or next working day dispatch.

    Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Where's photoshop when you need it?

    January 2, 2016

    Well, the chief frocker never ever thought she'd be sharing the media limelight with the stunning Emma Thompson in a newspaper article. Sadly, the Courier editor didn't see fit to photoshop our own very, very vintage frocker, but it was the talk of the virtual steamie and highlight of Hogmanay in these parts!

    home education emma thompson

    As some readers know, the chief frocker is renowned for wearing several different hats at the same time. As well as minding her own business, she has a long history of campaigning on issues around home education (often called "homeschooling"), both in Scotland and further afield. The minor frockers were educated by other means than schooling (or "otherwise" as it is called in England) and we have all enjoyed being part of a community in which there is no seam between learning and life. It is also a community where we share and re-use resources, and where second hand invariably becomes second nature.

    Now that all three minors are grown up, graduated and carving out their own careers, it will soon be time for the chief frocker to retire from the home ed front line and focus on other things. More time at the frock face will certainly be welcome as our wee business looks forward to celebrating its ninth birthday in April. We also have a few other exciting plans in the pipeline - not altogether unconnected with education, and not least of all perfecting that all important photopshopping technique as we enter the year of the chief frocker's free bus pass!


  • London calling

    February 8, 2015

    oxford street

    We would like to notify customers that the frockers are taking a break to visit London from Wednesday 11th until Tuesday 17th February. We will continue to tweet, wifi permitting, from the deep south and still also hope to be able to post pics to the #frockerychallenge group, which co-opted frocker Janice is looking after in her usual efficient fashion.

    During our absence, all incoming orders will be processed through our online checkout as usual, but there may be some delay in dispatching items as the human element will be missing from active frocking operations, with only a techie frocker on stand by. Orders received on Tuesday 10th will be sent out prior to our departure, then normal service will be resumed from the following Tuesday 17th. All orders received while we are away will be dispatched as a matter of priority upon our return and we'll catch up with any outstanding enquiries as soon as we possibly can.

    Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.


  • Frockers' Highland fling

    September 28, 2014

    We'd just like to forewarn customers that all orders placed on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd October will be despatched at the latest on Friday 3rd October.

    The chief frocker is going AWOL again, leaving Danny Frocker in 'remote' charge of frocking operations while she heads north to Inverness for a Highland fling (and possibly a bit of a sword dance). Wearing a slightly different hat from her usual vintage tifter (such as this one modelled and selfie-snapped by Fi Frocker), she plans to leave the locals reeling!

    vintage hat

    We have meanwhile just completed a catalogue update with some tempting new pieces of frockery, but still have oodles of new stock waiting in the wardrobe wings to list on our return. We are replete with cashmere jumpers in every shade (including grey) and some stunning evening tops are shimmering patiently in the stock room, so prepare to be dazzled on our return!

    This vintage turquoise dress really took our fancy this weekend. Dressed up or down, it would make a colourful addition to the autumn wardrobe and be sure to brighten up the shorter, darker days ahead.

    turquoise vintage dress

    We're also wild about this leopard faux fur jacket which we teamed with an 80s tan leather skirt (snapped up before even making it into the catalogue).

    leopard faux fur jacket

    Never fear, we'll be back soon with lots more tempting treats. We may even send some Instagram postcards from Inverness (if we can master the technology!)

  • 21 days, for frocks' sake

    September 8, 2014

     21 Days:  John Otway live in Lyme Regis (video credit: Stephen Greenslade)

    Just 21 days (but it's actually only 19 as we write). That's how long 88 year old Alex Graham has to save 7500 costumes from the Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe of which she is curator.

    A registered charity, the OFW is facing eviction from its present base on 27th September and is desperately seeking alternative hangar /  warehouse  space, or even a wind and watertight barn, to save the unique collection.

    An appeal via the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform - For Frocks' Sake: Save Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe - has been launched to raise the £7000 needed to avert the imminent accommodation crisis, but additional support in cash or kind is desperately needed to ensure the future of the collection.

    There is no time to waste, so here is Alex's story in her own words. Please share it widely, most especially with any Oxfordshire barn owners!

    For Frocks' Sake: Save Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe from TreePress on Vimeo.

  • Holiday snaps and new arrivals

    August 24, 2014

    Apologies for the lack of Frockery Talkery, but we have been in catch-up mode since the chief frocker's short break and it has been very busy here. We are feeling the Google love at the moment and our website traffic has increased significantly, bringing  lots of lovely new customers with it. Thank you all!

    brighouse valley

    View across the valley from our Yorkshire hosts' land -  not a frock in sight!

    Despite the rain - some of it of the distinctly stair rod variety - our whistle-stop trip to Yorkshire and Liverpool was  a wonderful opportunity to escape the frock face for a few days and catch up with friends and family. Our first tango in Halifax was everything we could have hoped for, and the weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of a sizeable gathering of old friends from across the UK. The fog (and swell) on the Mersey meant we didn't catch the ferry, but it was a delight to see the redevelopment of Liverpool since our last visit to the city.  Many of the modern buildings are dramatic in appearance and in stark contrast to the iconic Liver building and parts of the sympathetically re-developed harbour area, but it all melds together beautifully and the city's musical history is celebrated everywhere.

    Billy Fury statue Liverpool

    Billy Fury statue


    Fab Four tribute barge

    The highlight of the trip had to be meeting three week old baby Lilly, the latest addition to the frockers' family, who is just beautiful! And talking of new arrivals, we  have lots of lovely new stock which will be appearing soon on the website. We thought we'd post a sneak preview of some of our favourites and once they are added to the catalogue, we'll add the links to the product pages.

    navy polka dot swing dress

    Navy and white polka dot rockabilly swing dress

    80s does 50s rose print swing dress

    80s does 50s rose print swing dress

    emerald green dirndl skirt

    Amazing emerald green dirndl skirt

    Monsoon brown velvet skirt

    Monsoon brown velvet skirt

    Nicowa stretch velvet dress

    Nicowa stretch velvet dress

    Ghost bias cut ivory dress

    Ghost bias cut ivory dress 

    Emerald green evening gown

    Emerald green evening gown