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Hey party people,
How the devil are we? Swell I hope :) I myself am slightly left of the middle after wrangling with with three different types of spandex but hey you gotta roll with the punches. As the title of this wee post suggests this is the dress I made in honour of our darling of the dress dearest Dolly Clackett aka Roisin.
The little darling with the gorgeous ooobop and me cradling a Terry at her surprise supercalifragalisticexpialidcious spoolette hen do organised by the epic trio of Claire, Sally and Jane. Fabulous photo by Katie
I won't go into huge detail because this ship has already hauled anchor in suitably fabulous fashion :) but in case you've not been round these parts for a while this is the squeeze. Darling girl is getting wedded to her swell fella Nic (I can vouch for his swellness having drank, chatted and danced with the dude he's good people) tomorrow. In honour of the sheer fabulosity of Roisin and the joy supreme of the occasion the lovely Sarah from Rhinestone and Telephones hosted Sew Dolly Clackett. Things like this make my cup runneth over for the sewing community. Can you honestly get a more supportive loving bunch yay us *chuck pompoms in the air*. Anywho the sewalong rang from February to April and there were lots of prizes to be won, which were indeed won by v worthy winners.
Check out Roisin's post with dresses so sweet they'll give you a toothache :) Long and short of it was I knew I wasn't gonna get my frock done during the the timeframe but I just wanted to get it done anywho to celebrate the little firecracker she is. Plus fittingly this dress got worn to the wonderful wedding of our friends Tania and Jo and I do love it when a story dove tails :)
Here she is my so (sew) late addition to Sew Dolly Clackett - the kiss and make up maxi. Made using the gorgeous By Hand London Anna, which is hugely favoured by Roisin and hot ass sewists alike and now me too. I tell you for why because despite my height that would, you imagine v much suit a maxi all RTWs one I've tried have made me look like bad drag. Hell I loves me some bad drag but there's only so many looks a gal can rock in one life time but Anna has well and truly broken the curse. Size wise I cut a 20 and dipped the double pleats at the front 2cm to release the girls into the wild with enough space to roam free. I shaved 1.5cm off side seams from armhole to waist and dispensed with the back darts. So all in all very minimal effort required for maximum effect huzzah! I think next time I could afford to the lengthen the bodice a little but hey that's small fry.
This is me and my sister giving it our best Joan and Jackie with her little munchins. As you can see a love of big hair and big jewellery runs in the fam :)
As previously tested by me By Hand London patterns are good for being active in having run a marathon in Flora I can confirm Anna was excellent for all manner of shape chucking on the dancefloor. My friend Ronnie and I appear to be invoking the spirit of the dance lol!
So there you have it the kiss and make up maxi in honour of Roisin. I think as is tradition at a wedding I would like to give a speech but in the form of a poem to celebrate this lovely lady and her impending nuptials to her charming man :) *raises glass of gin*
I write these lines in honour of a lady,
in who's company I have drank plenty of wines,
This is a woman who truly rocks the frocks she chooses,
and hell don't get me started on her awe inspiring collection of shoes (kinda rhymes - poetic licence)
We met online via twitter,
She much like me enjoys a good witter,
Then just over a year ago today happily we met in real life,
and tomorrow she'll become Dr Nic's wife,
He's a lucky old swine,
but rightly so because just like the band she loves together they are divine,
They both enjoy a good crime drama like Morse,
and there's Law and Order of course,
She's sewn her own dress to sashay down the aisle,
and I know for sure Nic's will be the biggest smile,
And when all the formalities done and they've signed their marriage rights,
They'll meet on the dancefloor and perform Wuthering Heights,
To both of you I send my warmest regards,
because the pair of you are the best kind of cards!
Have the best day tomorrow my lovelies you totally deserve it.. You guys are gonna be so happy and I know the road will rise up to meet you at every turn. Huge amounts of love to you both it's an absolute pleasure to call you friends :)
I leave you with this image taken on Monday night at the hen do I can only assume I'm doing some form of invocation of the good wedding spirits or I'm half cut and throwing shapes either way it goes out to you.
Love and all the joys it brings,