Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Thank you for being a friend Dolly Clackett

As Rod said at the beginning of The Faces live cover of Macca's Maybe I'm Amazed, "if you don't know this song, I don't know where you've been."

If you don't know about the Sew Dolly Clackett sewing challenge doing the rounds, then yeah, like my beloved blonde boy from Highgate said, where have you been?! Our gal, Roisin, is getting married to the lovely Nic in May and in a fitting tribute to their nuptials, Sarah at Rhinestones and Telephones created an awesome competition to make a dress in the style of Roisin. The winner is picked by Roisin and gets lots of fab stuff.

I must say I've deviated from the challenge guidelines just a bit. When I think of Roisin, I think about Alan Partridge and Toblerones and tuck dancing drunk in my hallway, but mostly I dream about the retirement home we'll be living in along with Rehanon and Lauren. What gin-infused days those will be.

Stay Golden, Roisin!

I ordered this amazing Golden Girls t-shirt from Miami. A true perfectionist, only the best would do, and this company out there in Florida had the colour, design and fit I wanted to show off those silver sisters. 

To get the 'Dolly Clackett' look and still make a dress I cropped the t-shirt and added it to a gathered skirt made out of the infamous 'swimmers' fabric as sported by Roisin in her beautiful Anna dress. I chose the blue version as I felt it went better with the t-shirt. 

The skirt was dead simple. I just used the width of the fabric (approx 54"), stitched up the one and only side seam, overlocked and then gathered the waist using 3/4" elastic. I then added the t-shirt in the same manner, using a zig zag stitch throughout. I'm wearing a belt in the pic, but here's what it looks like without:

Golden gathering

In true Dixie Lou prison style, I've rolled up my sleeves, got a tattoo and added coral lipstick. I'm also wearing my new favourite shoes - my Mel 'Popstar' wedges that I bought in New York. We all know how Roisin loves her Melissas! 

And of course my entry wouldn't be bona fide unless it was taken in front of a front door and some steps, amirite?

Here's to Roisin and Nic - I'd like to wish them a beautiful, wonderful wedding day and many happy years of cava, NYPD Blue and burritos to come. Love you Ms Clackett xx

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