Ok, ok, so I don’t think I could really pull off being a pin up girl
…but I do have a dress COVERED in them, which just HAS to be the next best thing!
I made this for a very special occasion – the Sew Dolly Clackett Sewalong being hosted over at Rhinestones and Telephones, in celebration of the forth coming wedding of Rosin (or Dolly Clackett) and Nic!
I was determined to get involved with this sewalong because not only is Rosins style inspirational, and completely in tune with my own, but it is a superb example if how the blogging community is simply the very best community there is! he fact that people are not just willing but are ridiculously enthusiastic about coming together to celebrate the life and talented work of a fellow seamstress and blogger astounds me. There are very few occasions in life where you will witness this happen, it is like we have our own
little huge family with the most amazing hobby at its heart!
Anyway, enough of me rambling on about how awesome we all are
As I was saying, I was determined to get involved with this sewalong, but as you may have noticed I left my entry up until the very last moment. I wanted to get it just right, and finding the perfect fabric was possibly the most important part of the process.
Would you believe that the fabric I settled on was a bed sheet?! I have been known to dabble with bedding as a source of material, and I couldn’t let this duvet set go. The back was a simple polka dot and the front was layered with these pin up beauties:
I think Rosin should be the lovely lady in the center and I want to be the lipstick lady in blue
The bodice is completely lined and there isn’t a single raw seam in sight. If It didn’t look so silly I would wear this inside out
I went for a visible zipper, purely because you couldn’t get a more perfect (yet accidental) colour match if you tried, and that needed celebrating.
Please ignore the hem… apparently I didn’t press it very well, all I can see is wrinkles! Back to the iron me thinks.
I used the bodice from New Look pattern 6776, view D, and added a simple gathered rectangle skirt. This wasn’t on the list of Rosin approved patterns, but I think it should be. Anyway, I felt myself drawn to this one and at the end of the day, the fabric is the one in charge and I find that it tells me what to do.
My pin-up girls chose this pattern and I had to oblige!
I think that the line drawing highlights the potential of this pattern much more than the pattern cover.
I would have loved to add a circle skirt but this would have had a negative impact on the pattern of the fabric, and I wanted to pattern match the ladies so they were continuous. The rectangle skirt still works well with my big net underskirt – and that is what matters.
I really like the contrasting tie (also from bedding and also a perfect colour match – I was very lucky with this creation!) but I can’t decide whether to tie it at the front or the back?!
Here is me trying to do a leg flick and failing horribly, I was mid falling over at this point – the pictures that followed were less than flattering
Here I am having almost perfected it… after several attempts:
I have a feeling you will be seeing more of this pattern in the near future.
I am dying to hear what you think of my Clackett inspired dress.
Happy sewing – and congratulations Rosin.