Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Completed: Sew Dolly Clackett Emery

Tell me - do you have a favourite blog or one that you always look forward to the next post? I do, several in fact, and one of them is Dolly Clackett by Roisin. I cannot wait to see what fabric she has used to make a dress. That girl can see potential in fabric that I can't. So when Sew Dolly Clackett was announced (a chance to pay tribute to Roisin's style, wish her and Nic a wonderful wedding and try playing with novelty fabrics), I knew I had to join in.

Dolly Clackett Emery

Choosing fabric and which pattern was tough. For the pattern I narrowed it down to the Anna or Emery but I decided to get the fabric and then match the pattern to it. Three weeks later I came home from shopping in Birmingham with two meters of the Viva Frida fabric by Alexander Henry - I couldn't turn down the teal. 

Those of you familiar with patterns will notice that the Emery won. I was thrilled to finally get my hands on this pattern. I had heard so many good things about it and seen so many beautiful versions I desperately wanted in on the action. One of the best features of this pattern is the fact that it seems to fit most reasonably well straight out of the packet. Mainly because I was too lazy to do an FBA, I cut a larger size and lengthen the bodice by an inch. It fits very well around my waist although I need to remove some excess from the neckline (both front and back) to make it fit really work. I skipped the pockets - not because of my dislike of pockets in dresses, but because I didn't have enough fabric to make the skirt properly. 

Dolly Clackett Emery

The skirt is the width of the fabric, just 112cm wide. You see, I don't normally wear novelty prints and I didn't want to splash out on three meters of fabric when I might not wear the dress. While I like the more fitted look, I have to admit that I wish I had bought three meters! A slip must creep to the top of my sewing list as this dress becomes a wiggle dress when wearing it with tights and I just don't have the patience for slow dainty steps! 

Dolly Clackett Emery

I lined the bodice with some navy fabric I picked up at the Fancy Silk Store. I'm not sure what the fibre content is, probably a poly, but it feels lovely against the skin. It has been a while since I lined anything and I'm pretty happy with the result but I need to work on my under stitching which would have probably got a stern look if being judged on the Sewing Bee. I don't have much to say about the construction, it has been covered well by others, but I will say it is simple and quick to make. I can completely understand why the Emery has become a favourite for many. I have the perfect fabric in my stash for a second. 

In addition to creating wonderful dresses, there are two other things you should know about Roisin that are relevant to this sewalong. First, she has the most amazing shoe collection I have seen (and I have friends who have pretty great collections). I turned to my trusty red Backlash shoes by Poetic Licence. Second, most of her photos are taken outside her front door. Sadly I don't have an attractive front door but I could replicate this photo outside the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford.

Dolly Clackett Emery

I was amazed that I didn't feel too self conscious when posing for the photos, not because people stare at you while posing for shot after shot but because I was wearing something so out of my comfort zone. Or so I thought. Turns out bright colours and interesting prints are great fun to wear. I might just be buying more of them...

35 comments:

  1. Claire, this is stunning! It really suits you and is very slimming. I say make more in equally amazing fabrics! X

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    1. Thanks, Jen! It is very tempting to make more.

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  2. This looks great Claire! I think you can totally pull off that print :) and the shoes go perfectly!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. I love how well the shoes match!

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  3. You look great! An the style of the dress is very flattering on you! Well done.

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    1. Thanks! I may have another TNT now.

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  4. What a perfect illustration of why we should step out of our comfort zones every once in a while! It's gorgeous on you, well done :)

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    1. Thanks, Danielle. Taking a risk now and then certainly makes things more interesting!

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  5. Gorgeous dress Claire! I actually love the slimmer skirt - it looks really good on you!

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    1. Thanks, Elena! It has reminded me how great pencil skirts can feel although I still love the slightly fuller skirt.

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  6. Great dress!! I have had so much going on, I wish I had time to make a dress and join in all the fun! Sewing with crazy prints is my favorite!!!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. Sorry to hear that life is full on and preventing you joining you in at the moment. I'm sure your next make will be fabulous anyway!

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  7. Claire! This is beautiful, I love the fabric. In fact, I talked someone into buying this at the Knitting and Stitching show and then kicked myself for not buying my own. And two fun Dolly Clackett facts - I have those Backlash boots, but in yellow AND I had an outfit photo for a new me-made taken in the very same spot that you chose, this time last year! Isn't that a funny coincidence?! Thank you so much for your kind words, and you really do look gorgeous in your dress <3

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    1. Thanks Roisin. I definitely think you need to buy this fabric... I love the shoes in yellow - sadly that's one colour I can't pull off. Oh, and I've been meaning to take photos in this place for a while but it has always been too full of tourists. I love that we have nearly identical photos!

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  8. You look gorgeous in this print and I love your shoes! Great choice. Better get sewing my Dolly Clackett dress, I've just realised the date...yikes!

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    1. Thank you Laura. Good luck with your dress!

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  9. Gorgeous dress...hmmm maybe I do need an Emery pattern!

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    1. I think everyone needs the Emery pattern...

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  10. Truly beautiful, Claire. The Emery really suits you, especially in that cool print. These photos are incredible. What a fab background. Those Backlash shoes are an excellent choice as well. Perfect Dolly Clackett look!
    Shelley

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    1. Thank you. I'm lucky that Oxford is full of great places to have your photo taken.

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  11. Your dress is gorgeous! The bright print really suits you and I love the teal background colour.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. You can't beat a bit of teal...

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  12. I love it - the print is great and the dress really suits you!

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  13. Gorgeous! You should try fun prints more often, this one looks fantastic on you.

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    1. I'm seriously tempted! Trouble is it opens a new endless search for fabrics.

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  14. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love that fabric and the slimmer skirt works really well. In fact I might have to try it myself on my next Emery.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. The slimmer skirt is lovely but I still want to try one with the fuller skirt.

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  15. I am glad you found the print you were looking for. And I am really amazed how great it looks as a dress, if I would have seen only the fabric before, I wouldn't have thought it will be perfect for a dress. But it is and looks amazing on you! I love your shoes by the way :)

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    1. Thanks, Daniela. Luckily I had a friend with me while shopping who convinced me it would work!

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  16. Just gorgeous and the shoes - perfect match!

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  17. Adore this - always love Alexander Henry fabric anyway, but this is super :)

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    1. Thank you, Kate. Alexander Henry fabric is always fab. Can't believe this is my first time using it.

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  18. Love this!!! The color (especially the turquoise-blue) looks lovely on you! Beautiful!!!
    I love love love the places you model your lovely clothing!
    I am sending you a private email -- I have something I am excited to tell you!!!

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