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When I was about eight years old my mum let me stay up ‘late’ to watch The Sound of Music. Curtains took on a whole new meaning after this. If this makes no sense, there’s a scene in the movie when the children’s governess, Maria, uses her bedroom curtains to make play clothes for the children. Suddenly the children are seen romping in the Alps in brocade ‘lederhosen’.

So what does Maria and her resourceful ways have to do with two Melbourne mothers? Think retro fabrics and fun, comfortable play clothes and you get a sense of new label Do Re Me. Do Re Me was created by Madeleine Grummet and Emma Vibert after their search for well-priced, original play clothes for their daughters proved fruitless.

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With a shared love of great design and gorgeous fabrics, they began to hunt high and low for remnants of true vintage and real retro from the eras they loved – the 50s, 60s and 70s. Fabrics were salvaged from suburban op shops, aunts, grandmas and yes, even curtains ended up on the table!

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Grummet and Vibert describe their clothing as ‘good old-fashioned play clothes’. Play clothes, yes definitely, but they’re also big on style. The collection is stunning; eye-catching details are just as important as the practical shapes and comfortable styles – a lace doily as a pocket, contrasting circle patches or a decorative vintage button. The sophisticated colours and fabric patterns give these play clothes an edge and would be just as at home in a park as at a party.

Do Re Me dresses and nighties are priced between $30 and $70. Contact Do Re Me directly (at doreme@netspace.net.au) to see what’s currently in their frock shop. Hopefully we’ll see them on the boutique market circuit in 2010.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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