Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sew Dolly Clackett: The Final Day to Enter

I am completely amazed how quickly the time has gone by for Sew Dolly ClackettToday is the last day you can enter your frock(s) into the contest Flickr group.  I am being vigilant on membership requests and will be accepting them until 11:59 p.m. EST tonight, April 23, 2014.  Make sure you get your request in as I don't want to miss anyone!

Roisin and Nic's wedding gift has grown, and grown, and grown!  I am so delighted to have this tangible way to show Roisin how beloved she is in our sewing community! Thank you so much!  Trend-setting, genuine, and consistently true to herself, Roisin is someone I admire very much and am honoured to call a friend.  My special thanks to her lovely Nic for being instrumental in helping me pull off this surprise.

To date, over 175 people (!!!)  have thrown their needle and thread into the ring and their creations are absolutely stunning! I would like to highlight a few that I think are absolutely fantastic.

Eiffel Tower Dress * Simplicity 1610

Taracat's Eiffel Tower dress embodies Roisin's style perfectly.  We all know how much she loves an Eiffel Tower print and Tara's choice of red is a particular favourite of mine.  I love the sassiness of this dress!

Vintage Rock Chick's Sewing Dress * Christine Haynes' Emery

Roisin, like many of us, loves a good novelty print and Vintage Rock Chick has not only chosen a stellar novelty print but one that is perfect for a sewing contest!  And the Andy Warhol-ness of the sewing machines? Love!

Pink Elephant on Parade * Sewaholic Cambie

Brittany's Pink Elephant on Parade dress had me at first glance.  Pink elephants?! Yes, please! And did you see her Miss L. Fire shoes, too?  Amazing!  And to think that this is her first sewn project since the birth of her son seven months ago.  Brittany, I applaud you!

Easter Bunny Dress & Bowtie * Simplicity 1419

As Sew Dolly Clackett is in celebration of Roisin & Nic's upcoming wedding, I would be remiss in not featuring Julia's super cute Easter dress with matching bow tie for her husband.  I absolutely love this and I think the dress looks so pretty with Julia's lovely blue hair. 

Pretty Poppy Dress * Simplicity 2444

Pretty Miss Lizzy's dress is another one that captured my heart the first moment I saw it.  I adore the big poppy print (it reminds me of Roisin's Comic Muse dress) and Lizzy's fabulous shoes.  Not to mention her excellent front door! Very Roisin :)

Lovely Liberty * Butterick 4657

It is one of my goals to one day make a dress with Liberty fabric and Manju makes my heart go pitter-patter with her beautiful dress.  Heavens to Betsy, this is a delightful example of mid-century femininity and I love everything about it, from pearls to shoes.  *sigh*

Maple Cream Dress * Christine Haynes' Emery

Jenny at Sewing Pies has sewn not only a lovely homage to Roisin's polka dot Emery dresses, but also to Julia Roberts' spotted day at the races dress.   Not only has Jenny sewed a lovely dress but she also baked a pie to match!

The Lurking Cow Dress * Simplicity 2444

Can you believe that Alex of Odd Socks & Pretty Frocks says that she is not very good at sewing?! Neither could I! Her Lurking Cow dress embodies so many Clackett qualities: quirky toile print, lovely cardigan, and amazing shoes.  I want one for me!

Love Story Dress * Simplicity 2444

An amazing comic book print dress is bound to get noticed in Sew Dolly Clackett!  Inge's Love Story Dress is sensational! The saucy print, the flirty skirt, and sassy shoes make it utterly fantastic!

Cup o' Luck Dress

As someone who is tea and cardigan crazy, Jessica's Cup o' Luck dress is a definite favourite.  I love the fabric; the brightly coloured tea cups make my tea-loving heart sing!  And the red Hetty cardigan?  Excellent.  But Jessica, where is your lovely face? We want to see it!

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Today is the LAST DAY to enter Sew Dolly Clackett!

You may upload your photo(s) to the Sew Dolly Clackett Flickr group with a link to your blog post until April 23, 2014 at 11:59 EST.

Good luck!

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Get your Sew Dolly Clackett blog badge here.

Upload your completed Clackett-style dresses here.
Remember to use #sewdollyclackett when using social media.

Congratulations, Roisin & Nic! 

 I will be wearing a Clackett-tastic frock on May 23, 2014 and will raise a glass to you both on your special day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sew Dolly Clackett Sponsor Spotlight: Sewaholic Patterns

I am pleased to be able to chat about one of my favourite independent pattern companies: Sewaholic Patterns.  I have followed Tasia since she first started blogging and it has been a great pleasure to see her grow from success from success!

Tasia designs wonderful patterns, specifically for pear-shaped women, although they are easily modified for all body shapes.  The Renfrew pattern was responsible for my foray into knits and my first successful knit project.  I remember that I approached my first Renfrew with some trepidation, having had several wadder knit projects.  I needn't have worried as my Renfrew, and all subsequent projects, turned out beautifully!

The Renfrew Top by Sewaholic Patterns
Roisin has made some spectacular Sewaholic Frocks, the Cambie being a favourite.  Have you seen her beautiful versions?  Her gingham ones are a particular favourite of mine, with the Stephanie Cambie coming in as my top pick.  I just love the green gingham paired with the awesome striped shoes!

The Stephanie Cambie Dress
As Sew Dolly Clackett is all about sewing fantastic frocks, another Sewaholic favourite of mine is Scruffy Badger Time's beautiful blue Cambies.  I admit to falling head-over-heels with Winnie's frocks when she posted them and they are still on my mile-long To Sew List. 

Winnie's beautiful blue roses Cambie
Another beautiful Sewaholic frock is the Londsdale and Roisin knocks this pattern out of the park.  My particular favourite is her pink polka dot version.  So pretty, no?

Pink Polka Dot Lonsdale with Roisin's gorgeous accessories
One of the many things I love about Sewaholic Patterns is their versatility and inherent femininity.  Tasia offers an entire library of patterns that can create an amazing personalized wardrobe that will rival any designer's RTW collections!  I am delighted to have Tasia on board as a Sew Dolly Clackett sponsor and envy the winner a pattern of their choice as their prize.  What pattern would you choose?

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There is now ONE day left in the Sew Dolly Clackett contest!  

You may upload your photo(s) to the Sew Dolly Clackett Flickr group with a link to your blog post until April 23, 2014 at 11:59 EST.

Good luck and happy sewing!

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Get your Sew Dolly Clackett blog badge here.

Upload your completed Clackett-style dresses here.
Get some Dolly Clackett inspiration here and here.
Remember to use #sewdollyclackett when using social media.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lilly Laurel

With all the excitement surrounding Sew Dolly Clackett, I am behind in blogging my own makes!  Lilly is the first Laurel I made and she was sewn up several weeks ago.  The fabric is May Peony by Martha Negley which I picked up at Needlework over a year ago.   I had originally planned to sew a Rooibos from this, but was inspired by the classic 1960's Lilly Pulitzer shift dress.

Laurel is a pleasure to sew and comes together quickly.  As with most Colette Patterns, I did not need any alterations and was able to sew up a size 6.  As I have said before, I was initially uncertain if this would be a flattering shape for me but after finishing this dress, I knew Sarai and her team had designed another winner!

It's basic shift silhouette makes it universally flattering (I think) and it's low yardage requirements make it an excellent stash buster.  I made my version knee length and used just over 2 metres of fabric.  The front and back darts provide just enough shape to remind yourself that you are a lady, yet enough ease that you don't have to sacrifice comfort.  Today was over 20C here and I was nice and cool in my lovely Laurel.

Summers can get blisteringly hot here and there are many days where I want my skin to come in contact with fabric as little as possible, without compromising my modesty! I can easily see myself sewing up an army of Laurels to get me through those long, hot days.  Alternatively, my Portia Laurel has been the ideal winter dress; it's cozy layers of flannel-backed plaid and underlining definitely work for me! I've even gone and made a transitional Laurel (she's called Estelle) out of some wonderfully gaudy Pillow & Maxfield fabric.  I feel like a Florida retiree in it and I love it!

Ida in Coral by B.A.I.T. Footwear

As the temperature dips down and rises back up, I can easily pair Lilly with a cardigan and some fabulous shoes.  Ida in Coral and Mel Pop Special II in coral fade are my favourites. 

What are your warm weather staples?  Do you have favourite accessories that you like to wear them with?