Just when I thought my sewing machine was going to go up in flames……….

I had a vision of my sewing machine bursting into flames before I finished my last two entries for the Sew Dolly Clackett challenge which closes tonight at 11:59 p.m.

What, you thought I was done at 12?!?!?

Thankfully, I own the little Singer that could!

Hours and hours in the late evening (and early morning……..ok and a few afternoon ones too) have been devoted to completing a grand total of 14 dresses for the challenge.  I didn’t think I would be able to finish these last two on time, so I didn’t include them in the original Sew Dolly Clackett round up post here.

That’s ok, they get their own little mini post now!  The photos are a bit grainy (due to no natural light and a feeling-very-put-upon-just-wants-to-go-to-bed-already photographer).  I also look super tired (yep!) and a little worse for wear, but the expression I’m wearing is relief that I actually finished EVERY dress I set out to make for the challenge. I rather hate not meeting a goal I’ve set for myself, no matter how lofty.  I can be a very cruel and unforgiving mistress when it comes to such things.

Well, I DID IT!   I think it’s time to celebrate by ordering more fabric.

What’s that?

I already did?

Pics to follow at the end of post.  Hooray for expanding fabric stashes!

 

Flora dress

Set A Table On My Flora Dress

………’cause I made this out of an old table cloth!

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #13

Pattern Used: By Hand London Flora dress (I messed with the front pleats a bit)

Inspired by:  Folklore Flora

Banana Pie Dress

Banana Cream Pie Dress

Pie fabric is my weakness, obviously!  And I think Roisin would totally approve of my habit.

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #14

Pattern Used: By Hand London Anna dress bodice and A-line skirt

Ok. that is officially it!

And just in case you are curious, here’s what is going to be arriving in the mail for me soon.  I love it when I come home to find the little box sitting by my front door.  Isn’t that the BEST?

aqua birds

Michael Miller Spring Fling At The Conservatory Aqua

bread

Nicole’s Prints Boulangerie in Mint

snappy snacks

Nicole’s Prints Snappy Snacks Grey

Everyone’s been submitting such amazing designs for the challenge.  There are so many standouts that Roisin will have a tough time choosing the winners.  I was pleased as punch to get a shout out in Sarah’s Sew Dollt Clackett Round-Up post here.  Thanks Sarah!

Special thanks for all your kind comments on my Flickr pool and on my last post!  You make my day 🙂

Jenny XOX

 

 

 

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Sew Dolly Clackett Challenge: Round Up!

I owe a lot to Dolly.

Roisin’s wonderful blog was one of the first that I found online when I  started sewing a year ago.  I fell in love with her style (and wit!) immediately and her blog has been a source of inspiration ever since!

I adore her often quirky fabric choices, many of which I find reflected in my own fabric stash. I knew right away I had found a sewing kindred spirit.  Sew Sisters?  I think so!

Being new to the sewing and blogging world, I was thrilled when my very first comment I posted on her site garnered a reply!  It was like having my very own celebrity encounter and it encouraged me to become more active in the online sewing and blogging community.

SO when the Sew Dolly Clackett Challenge in honour of Roisin’s upcoming nuptials was announced, I knew I’d be taking part.  I didn’t realize how many dresses I would sew up (or finish sewing up!) in the time allotted for the challenge. I have worked feverishly over the last few months finishing projects, starting new ones, pouring over my sewing machine into the wee hours of the night (and morning).

I can’t believe that all this work has amounted to TWELEVE entries to the challenge, each one inspired by one of Roisin’s own creations.

Due to blogging time constraints, I thought I’d roll them all into one Round Up post and then link each to their own blog post as they are typed up.

Roisin, if you read this, I want to thank you the amazing new me-made wardrobe that you helped inspire.
I wish you the best of luck and love on your wedding day and can’t wait to see your undoubtedly amazing wedding dress!

Which one do you think she’ll like best?

Thanks for the organizing the challenge, Sarah!

 

 

Ice Cream Soda Dress

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #1

Pattern Used: Sewaholic Cambie dress

Inspired by: this red Dolly Clackett Cambie dress

Yellow Cupcakes

Yellow Cupcake Dress

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #2

Pattern Used: By Hand London Elisalex Dress

Inspired by:  every “Dolly” incarnation of the Elisalex!!

 

Berry Bird Wiggle Dress

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #3

Pattern Used: Sewaholic Camibe bodice and By Hand London Charlotte skirt

Inspired by:  Roisin’s Feckin Birds Dress

Tangerine Roses

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #4

Pattern Used: By Hand London Anna bodice and By Hand London Charlotte skirt, self-made peplum

Inspired by:  the Rachel dress

Chocolate Cake Home Ec

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #5

Pattern Used: By Hand London Anna bodice and gathered skirt……with pockets!

Inspired by:  the On Opposite Day dress

Dessert Tray

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #6

Pattern Used: Modified Simplicity 2444 bodice and pleated skirt

Inspired by:  the Passage Over Piedmont dress

Blueberry Bird Pie

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #7

Pattern Used: By Hand London Anna bodice and pleated skirt

Inspired by:  Roisin’s Feckin Birds Dress

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Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #8

Pattern Used: By Hand London Anna bodice and circle skirt

Inspired by:  Distant Sun dress

Easter Cream Egg

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #9

Pattern Used: Sewaholic Camibe bodice and circle skirt

Inspired by:  The Funnybones dress

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Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #10

Pattern Used: By Hand London Elisalex bodice with Deer & Doe Anémone skirt

Inspired by:  Il Fait Chaud dress

 

Russian Doll Dress 032

Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #11

Pattern Used: Sewaholic Cambie Dress with pleated skirt

Inspired by:  One Good Turn dress

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Sew Dolly Clackett Entry #12

Pattern Used: Sewaholic Cambie Dress

Inspired by:  Barry’s  dress

Whew!  That’s it………for now.  I just thought of another few I’d like to make…………:)