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.
In true Dolly Clackett style, taken in my doorway! Quite a different doorway, but the door is blue at least!
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.
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!
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 🙂
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?
CONGRATULATIONS Roisin and Nic! I wish you all the best for a fabulous wedding day and a lifetime of happiness together.