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#sewdollyclackett…Dress no. 2: St. George’s Day dress…with added dragons…and wizards…and hobbitses…

(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)

But anyway…..

When I first read about the #sewdollyclackett sewalong to celebrate it’s inspiration Roisin (otherwise known as Dolly Clackett on her wonderful blog) and her upcoming wedding to Nic…

…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!!

The Facts

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).
Notions: thread.
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:

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#sewdollyclackett…Dress no. 1: (Upcycled) Dress in a Day (for Earth Day)

Hello, I’m temporarily blogging here on Tumblr because I can’t access my Typepad account to post on my main blog: www.fanbloomingtastic.com. You can still access and read Fanbloomingtastic (well, currently) but I can’t log in to Typepad because it’s experiencing it’s 6th day of DDoS attacks…..so I’m here. When Typepad is finally back up and running I’ll transfer this post onto Fanbloomingtastic.

Aaaaaanyway, here’s my 1st dress for #sewdollyclackett, a sewalong that’s a wonderful celebration of the style, fun and happiness of Roisin Muldoon (also known as Dolly Clackett…or Janet Snakehole etc etc).

If you ever want to be cheered up, check out her blog for her happy smiley face, beautiful happy dresses and a very witty commentary on the makes and her life generally. Did I mention happy? I love following her blog and being inspired by brilliant choice of patterned fabrics. My first isn’t very patterned, ok, it’s not patterned at all…..but it does use one of Roisin’s favorite patterns: Simplicity 2444.

The #sewdollyclackett sewalong has been organised by Sarah of Rhinestones and Telephones to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Roisin and Nic….how fab to have hundreds of virtual bridesmaids around the globe making dresses in your style?? If you want to check out the fun prettiness of all the #sewdollyclackett dresses, check out the Flickr group here.

Some clever people watching my instagram on the day I made this dress recognised the fabric….yep, it’s previous life was as my Angel of the North dress for the Sew Weekly art challenge in 2012:

However, much as I loved this dress and shrug, it never got to be worn out on the town….so when I woke up on Thursday and decided I’d make a dress in a day, I thought it fitting that this fab fabric got another more fulfilling life. You can check out my instagram to see how the dress progressed during the day, including the usual invaluable help I got from Luca Brasi….guarding pattern pieces from running away by falling asleep on them.

So there you go….and I’ll be back tomorrow with my #sewdollyclackett dress no. 2, which I made especially for St. George’s Day - April 23rd.

The Facts

Fabric: Upcycled Angel of the North dress, lined with tangerine tango shirting cotton I bought from a thrift store and cunningly stashed in my stash TARDIS over 2 years ago. 
Pattern: Simplicity 2444 (bodice), Vogue 2902 (full circle skirt).
Notions: thread only (to facilitate making the dress in a day, I made the bodice wide enough to wiggle into without a zip).
Time to complete: started 8.30am, took out an hour for school runs and lunch, finished 5.15pm = 7 hrs 45 mins
First worn: to a Spring dinner party, Thursday 17th April 2014.

Wear again? Absobloominglutely!

Total Cost: $1.99 for cotton lining from thrift store (£1.18)

The challenge: #sewdollyclackett sewalong

Ps. Roisin’s instagram frequently has shoe shots of the dress she’s wearing that day (#memadeliving) and her shoes…..so here’s mine:

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Warning. This is just a warning.

I’ve been thinking for a while about shutting down this tumblr Absobloominglutely and just blogging over at Fanbloomingtastic.com…..having the two separate seems disjointed.

So I’m stopping posting here. But all the content types I’ve posted here in the past will be found on Fanbloomingtastic don’t worry.

Plus my teenage daughter has started up a tumblr. This makes me feel old. Time to grow up (as if). It also means that when I go to my tumblr dashboard on my computer, her account pops up and I don’t want to be the Mum That Stalks Her Daughter’s Tumblr.

If you want to follow me over to Fanbloomingtastic please do….add it to your rss feed readers etc. Ta very muchly, Tempest xx

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Toying with this sheet for a Betty Draper dress…but her fitted sheath dress she first meets Henry Francis in the cafe…just a bit too flimsy. Wonder if I can sew a foundation to it….

Toying with this sheet for a Betty Draper dress…but her fitted sheath dress she first meets Henry Francis in the cafe…just a bit too flimsy. Wonder if I can sew a foundation to it….

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No guesses why I just bought these earrings in the sale…I wonder if I can paint them with enamel paint red & blue….

No guesses why I just bought these earrings in the sale…I wonder if I can paint them with enamel paint red & blue….

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You know when you suddenly have the urge to sort out your stash by getting it all out…and then immediately regretting making a mess….

You know when you suddenly have the urge to sort out your stash by getting it all out…and then immediately regretting making a mess….

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Jungle January had lasting effects on me…I’ve become a “Special Parent” of a reticulated giraffe at Phoenix Zoo :)

Jungle January had lasting effects on me…I’ve become a “Special Parent” of a reticulated giraffe at Phoenix Zoo :)

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Flipping love my library. They’ve “David Bowie Style” on order for me too. Happy Research Bunny Tempest.

Flipping love my library. They’ve “David Bowie Style” on order for me too. Happy Research Bunny Tempest.