(please excuse this post being on my previously defunct Tumblr but Typepad is still having problems because of DDoS attacks so I can’t post on www.fanbloomingtastic.com my usual blog)
…then I found out that Sarah of Rhinestones and Telephones had scheduled it to finish on St. George’s Day I KNEW I had to make myself a St. George’s Day dress…….ok, some of you know me better……you knew I had to make myself a dress that had dragons on it…
Yep, I like dragons, kaiju, dinosaurs…
But I have dresses and skirts for Oktoberfest, the 4th July, Halloween, Winter, 2 outfits for Dr. Seuss’s birthday etc…
…so as an Englishwoman, I ought to have a St. George’s Day one too oughtn’t I? (And as I was born in Edinburgh….I might have to make a St. Andrew’s Day or Scottish dress for 30th November too ;) some time soon)
So I set about trying to find appropriate dragon print fabric. There are some cute ones on Spoonflower, but then I managed to this Enchanted Kingdom - Facets of Fantasy material featuring dragons, knights, hobbitses, wizards, trolls etc. on eQuilter.
Anyway, here’s my new St. George’s Day frock…
To make it #sewdollyclackett, I used one of Roisin’s favourite patterns Simplicity 2444 for the bodice and because fabric was limited (it’s quilters’ cotton so was only 44” wide, not sufficient enough for a full circle skirt) I used Butterick 4443 for the skirt.
One of the many things I love about Roisin and her dresses is how carefully she places the patterns, especially on the bodices. So I spent a while pattern placing to make sure I had the optimal number of dragons visible and a knight I’m saying is St. George slap bang in the centre of the bodice.
And in true Dolly Clackett style, I took my photos in front of my door (no steps, I’m afraid) and had a cardy ready…..the only problem was it’s 92F/33.3C here at the moment in Phoenix….so cardigans don’t stay on long:
Yep, waaaaay too hot.
And as me and the kids are rather obsessed with making flower crowns and headbands from dollar store flowers at the moment I made a 4 rose headband to go with my English themed outfit (hums to herself The Jam’s English Rose…..actually I had a rose tattoo done for my 40th birthday to match The Jam’s English Rose…
…I used to think Paul Weller was singing “no buns shall ever tempt me from she” and I thought “he’s an idiot, I’d much rather have a bun than a rose”… I wasn’t that clever a teenager, or to be honest, that good a listener to lyrics…but I digress).
Where was I? Oh yes, a #sewdollyclackett St. George’s Day dress:
Now with added pocketses!!
Fabric: Enchanted Kingdom - Facets of Fantasy - Black from eQuilter.com 3.5yds = $37.63, cotton shirting lining from stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 2444 (bodice), Butterick 4443 (full skirt).
Time to complete: 15 hours
First worn: St. George’s Day, 23rd April 2014.
Wear again? Absobloominglutely!
Total Cost: $37.63 (£22.37)
The challenge: #sewdollyclackett sewalong
Roisin’s instagram frequently has shoe shots of the dress she’s wearing that day (#memadeliving) and her shoes…..so here’s mine:
I’m beginning to think I ought to make a couple of shoe flowers to spruce these up….
Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful day and life Roisin and Nic and thank you for all the fun you bring us on the Dolly Clackett blog and the huge amount of inspiration you provide the world of sewing to create joyful clothes!
This one’s for you, eat all the buns you want: