I don’t say anything. I merely offer you a facial expression that suggests you’ve gone insane

When I saw the Sew Dolly Clackett challenge was announced by Sarah I got fairly excited. I make a lot of “fit and flare” dresses (a Dolly Clackett staple) anyway, but what a great excuse to completely copy Roisin’s fabulous style without appearing like a crazy person!

In case you are not aware of the challenge, the fabulous Roisin of Dolly Clackett and Nic are getting married and the challenge is a way for all us sewists to celebrate their wedding by all becoming pseudo-bridemaids stalker types and making dresses inspired by Roisin’s unmistakable, colourful style.

Sew Dolly Clackett Simplicity 2444

In true Dolly Clackett style, taken in my doorway!  Quite a different doorway, but the door is blue at least!

Simplicity 2444 is a little gem of a pattern which I have made several times before (here, here and here). It is also one of Roisin’s favourites and it is easy to see why.

Sew Dolly Clackett Simplicity 2444

The pattern has four distinctive angled waist darts and has many options including shawl collar and sleeve variations. I admit I have tried none of these, having constantly sticking to the sleeveless version. Now that I have the fit almost perfected (each time I make a few small changes) it is more and more like a TNT for me.  I think one final adjustment will be to take a little more out of the centre front neckline as I have a touch too much room. Not a major and it certainly is not going to stop me wearing the dress.

Sew Dolly Clackett Simplicity 2444

The fabric is Michael Miller Cosmos in Worn Poppy Red. I just love the red and turquoise combination and admit that I have worn this at least three times since finishing it on Thursday!

derp face!

I was super lucky to have met Roisin when I was in London recently, and she is every bit as adorable and lovely as you would expect from her blog. Warm and funny and we share a love of shoes. We met and browsed the various shoe shops around Carnaby Street, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and neither of us were successful in finding anything to buy that day. (probably didn’t help me that the AUD to pound exchange rate is rubbish right now) I was also privileged to meet the soon to be Mr Dolly Clackett, Nic. He is so lovely and I can’t believe he was keen to come out with a bunch of girls and chatter about sewing.  He’s definitely a keeper that one 🙂

Sew Dolly Clackett Simplicity 2444

My shoes were bought on the weekend of the inaugural Brisbane Sewist Meetup. Liz of Sew Busy Lizzy and I went to The Fabric Store (I might have been enabling) and were having trouble narrowing down our purchases, so we decided to take a bit of a lunch break and go back once we had decided. We crossed the road and in true sewist style SQUIRREL! We found a shoe shop. These suede gems are by Jeffrey Campbell and are my new favourites. Who knew that this colour could be a neutral?

curtsying to sewing royalty 🙂

CONGRATULATIONS Roisin and Nic! I wish you all the best for a fabulous wedding day and a lifetime of happiness together.


Pattern – Simplicity 2444
Fabric – 2.5yds of Michael Miller Cosmos in Worn Poppy Red bought from fabric.com in November
Notions – thread and zipper from stash

44 thoughts on “I don’t say anything. I merely offer you a facial expression that suggests you’ve gone insane

  1. Wow. I seriously need to have that dress. The fabric alone made me swoon!! Beautiful work and amazing colours …. You always know how to rock a dress girl!

  2. The dress is wonderful. I am new to clothes sewing. Could you explain where you will adjust the pattern for the neckline shape, or where I might find that sort of information.

  3. Swooning up here in Vancouver! Love, love the print and I too am falling hopelessly in love with my two-triple-four! I haven’t made it with pleats yet, however, that is all going to change soon. Your pleats are great!!!

    1. The pleats make it use a lot more fabric as it doesn’t quite fit across the width of the folded 115cm. I believe with this I shaved a little off the sides to make it fit 🙂

  4. I love your Dolly Clackett dress Liz and of course you already know I love your neutral shoes. They really do work with all that you wear. This fabric is gorgeous and is really perfect for you. I think you are the Miss Dolly Clackett of Brisbane!!

  5. Beautiful dress. and beautiful fabric.. It looks so pretty on you.. I think this pattern, was just made for you.. PERFECT!!!

  6. My! You’re looking absolutely gorgeous in these pics! The pattern is definitely a winner but I think the star here is surely the fabric! Perfect colours on you.

  7. Gorgeous dress Liz! Loving those colours, and your photos are making me giggle when I should be sitting all straight-laced like at my desk. Naughty me. Seriously though, this Simplicity 2444 must be the pillar which holds up the entire Simplicity Empire. Everyone seems to own it but me. This must change! You’re looking wonderful!

  8. Love love love love LOOOOOOOOOOVE this. The fabric is divine and seeing your cute little face framed by your doorway is very pleasing. I’m also very glad you got some cute new shoes after our shoe-shopping disappointment in London 🙂

  9. such gorgeous fabric! This dress looks amazing, I think I need to pick up 2444, it’s too good not to!

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