Frocks, Tales and Tea - 14th October

Frocks, Tales and Tea - 14th October

Regular price $80.00 Sale

Following on from our successful Frocktails event in February, UsefulBox is inviting sewists and crafters to our newest event, Frocks, Tales and Tea.  

Wear one of your gorgeous Me Mades and join me for a Q&A with Jennifer Irwin, the costumer designer for Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia, tell us about her career and her process for making costumes. Afterwards, it will be time to meet other sewists and crafters, plus Jennifer, over an afternoon tea. 


About Jennifer

Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance & ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia.

Jennifer was nominated for Best Costume Design 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on SPEAR the feature film. Jenny designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Dirty Dancing broke all pre box office records for any show ever staged on London’s West End.

Costume commissions in Australian include 36 ballets Sydney Dance Company, 26 years repertoire for Bangarra Dance Theatre, multiple works for Sydney Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir, Royal New Zealand, Australian Dance Theatre, West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet & Opera Australia. Jennifer designed costumes for the Awakening segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, co-designed all the costumes for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony & the official ceremony commemorating the Federation of Australia 2001.

The details

Date: 14th October 2017

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Venue:  Boronia Tea Rooms, 624 Military Road, Mosman 

Ticket price: $80, includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, our guest speaker and afternoon tea. 



Where is the venue?  

Boronia Tea Rooms is located at 624 Military Road, Mosman.  

Bus stop is right outside the door - routes include M30, 143, 183. Taxis will be easy to find on Military Road. 

Parking is at Bridgepoint shopping centre, via Brady Street, Mosman. 

What does the ticket prize include?

You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, will hear from the amazing Jennifer Irwin and be treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea.  PLUS the chance to win some great prizes, meet so many new friends and build your sewing community. Dietary requirements will be taken into account.

I can’t make it anymore, can I get a refund?

Refunds will only be given up until 1st October.  Otherwise, you are welcome to transfer your ticket to another deserving person.  We may be able to help you with finding someone. 

Do I have to wear something that I have made?

We highly encourage you to wear something you have made, whether it's part or all of your outfit, a bag, a hat or your jewellery.  There won't be a prize for best dressed, as seriously, who could choose!  It's a n event to have fun not compete. 

I’m not ready to purchase a ticket yet, can I go on a waitlist please?

Sure!  Please email me at usefulboxblog (at)

Can I bring a friend?

Yes of course, the more the merrier.  You can purchase as many tickets as you need.

How many people will be there?

There will be 50-60 of us there for a wonderful afternoon! Don't be afraid to come by yourself, we are all very friendly and the aim of the night is to meet other sewists!

Will there be a photographer?

We will have a photographer there to take photos of our fun afternoon.  Mr UsefulBox has again offered his services and our pictures will be loaded to Instagram live. 

Is there a hashtag for this event?

Please use #sydneyfrockstalesandtea for all your pics on instagram


Photo Credits: Universal Ballet of Korea, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Olympic Games, Spear film