I’m a little bit scared that Sew Dolly Clackett may have tipped me over that line. The whole point of this little frock-fest organised by Sarah at Rhinestones and Telephones is to celebrate the marriage of Miss Muldoon to Dr Nic in May. The sewing tribute was announced eons ago and entries could be made between the 23 February and tomorrow, the 23 April simply by posting your photos over on the Flickr page specially set up. And whaddayaknow. It’s the 22 April and I’m typing this post whilst still needing to finish the never ending hem on my Dolly Clackett Dress and take the photos despite having plotted this dress since the announcement. Actually since before then because as I said, there’s a fine line between fangirl and stalker. But, I’ve done it. And there’s photographic evidence to prove it!
I’ve always loved Roisin’s style. She makes lovely dresses in the best prints ever. In all seriousness, without her inspiration I’d still be using sensible colours in everything I make. Roisin’s given me the courage to wear something a little brighter and a lot more fun! Whilst there is certainly a time and a place for a sensible wool dress, there’s also a lot of fun to be had in wearing something bright and colourful and a little irreverent too. When I think of a Dolly Clackett Dress I think of Alexander Henry fabric, full (preferably a circle) skirt, a fitted bodice and amazing shoes. When I think of Mr and Mrs soon-to-be Clackett I think of Paris, Gin, Kate Bush, Pizza and a blue front door. Does a blue garage door count?
I knew exactly which fabric I wanted to use as it has been sitting in my collection for over a year now waiting for the perfect dress. It’s preciousness brings out in me Gollum like tendencies. This was no time for a ‘suck it and see’ dress if I was going to use my ‘Home Sewing is Easy’ fabric. This had to be something I’d love. And what better than to use a fabric I love in tribute to two people who I’ve had the pleasure to (briefly) meet, annoy online and who are so fabulous?
Ladies and Gentlemen, please be upstanding for the Floralex. Hey, if you’re making a dress inspired by Roisin, By Hand London has to feature as does a pattern mash up! As I mentioned, I didn’t want the hassle of fitting and I like the way the Elisalex bodice fits me. Splice on the dipped-hem-circle-skirt-with-pleats from the Flora pattern and you have a lot of fun out of 3m of fabric!
I may have committed a minor misdemeanour in that the front of the skirt has a seam running down its centre but that was the only way I was going to get the skirt out of 44″ fabric. It’s not that obvious on first glance and damn it, I love this dress!
I cut everything out on a single layer to make sure I got the pattern placed where I wanted it and then lined the bodice using a plain white cotton and I underlined the skirt in the same. I then did a kind of flat felled seam thing to make the side seams in the skirt disappear. I was going to wrap the centre back seam in white bias tape to magic that away too but changed my mind. It’s behind me so isn’t going to be that obvious (I hope). And yes, I realise that the side seams are even less conspicuous…
I know the preferred zip insertion at Clackett Towers is that of a hand picked lapped zipper and that is what I have done on this dress. The canary yellow zip is carefully concealed by the lap and went in quite smoothly. I did briefly consider an exposed zip but it just didn’t seem right with flirty skirt. The hem is pressed up and then hand stitched to just the underlining layer so that it’s invisible from the outer edge.
Then, of course, you’ve got to accessorise. Something Roisin is known for is her shoes and her Instagram outfit shots showing a slice of skirt and the shoes. Did I mention the shoes?! These Mel shoes are a direct and blatant copying of a pair modelled by the muse for this whole dress. I had no idea that Mel shoes are so comfortable. Seriously – you have no idea your in heels when wearing these things! And I had to pay a little tribute to Paris and these earrings from Betsey Mae on Etsy are perfect. I bought a necklace too but it got lost in the print – it’ll be worn though!!
So, ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses to Miss Muldoon and Dr Nic. I wish you both a lot of love, laughter and happiness in your future. Love you guys x