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Sew Dolly Clackett – My Contribution.

I met both Roisin and Nic once, last year while visiting London – both terrific people. So when I learned the news that they were getting married, and that Sarah would host a Sew- Along, the excitement was pretty big. Sarah – you are a genius (and thank goodness you didn´t quit blogging all together)! Roisin and Nic – all the best to both of you from both Anders and I – we are so happy for you!

So, what did I make for the Sew-Along? Well, seeing so many gorgeous dresses popping up around the web, I wasn´t sure where to start. But then Sarah tweeted a link to a Alexander Henry fabric, and I knew I had to order it. Seeing that my idea of a print is stripes these days, sewing a dress with a crazy print was a fun variation for me.

My first thought was to use Butterick 5748, but then my newly purchased Anna called at me, so I did like our muse, I mixed and matched patterns. I used the bodice from Anna, and a half-circle skirt with a pocket for the skirt. I think it turned out great, and I will be making more Anna´s in the future.

delfinelise, sewdollyclackett

And before we go further, yes, I did photoshop my hair red, tihi. I just couldn´t resist it…So, let´s talk about the fabric, shall we? This is not a shy print. Actually, the sirens are much larger than I thought when I ordered it, and I was a little bit concerned about that in the beginning. But when the dress finally came together, I actually like the size of them!


I´ve teamed the dress with different cardigans, belts and shoes, and imagine there are many ways to dress this up and down. We actually got a taste of summer here today, so I wore it out and about, it´s a true friend in the summer heat!

sewdollyclackett, delfinelise

Here´s a last picture of the dress, in true IG- style, I hope everyone have enjoyed the sew-along as much as I have. Roisin and Nic – I hope you have a happy day, and a wonderful life together! Cheers!




12 Responses to Sew Dolly Clackett – My Contribution.

  1. Oh this has immediately leapt into my top five dolly clackett inspired makes … A oerfect fitting dress in an avalanche of colour. Love it.

  2. I love it! I’ve got that fabric with the black background and I was thinking of something similar it’s great to see how it looks. The dress looks amazing and is fab on you.

  3. This fabric!! I love it Solvi! You’re really captured the fun of Roisin’s style as well as the great fit. Where did you take the photos? That porch or balcony looks lovely.

    • Thanks Kathryn! I took one photo on the balcony, the other outside the building. Spring – don´t you just love it? 🙂

  4. Truly beautiful, Sølvi! I love that siren print, and you nailed the Anna bodice. (I’m still fighting it, but I will prevail). It was a great idea to make it with a circle skirt. The colors are stunning!

    • Thanks Shelley! The bodice didn´t give me any headaches for once, usually I have to do a FBA, but not on this for some reason. Good luck on yours! 🙂

  5. Hey, you really suit being a redhead. I like it! Aaaah I love this dress so much! I considered buying the mermaids fabric but was unsure because of the scale of the print, but you have proved that it works fabulously. Thank you so much for your kind wishes, and for taking part and I hope Nic and I will be able to raise a glass with you and Anders again in the future xxx

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10 Responses to Sølvi and the Summer Dresses: BurdaStyle 12-2006-113

  1. What a gorgeous dress. I love the colours of the floral print,and it looks great on you. Funnily I have been thinking about styles I never wear or make snd strappy tops or dresses are one thing I never ever wear. Maybe I need to try one just for a change? xx

    • Thank you. I am all about trying new stuff som why no try out some strappy tops and dresses? I am sure you would look great in it! 🙂

  2. A wonderful summery dress! I’m totally in love with the fabric. 🙂 Hope you’ll have lots of occasions to wear it this year!

  3. Super pretty!!! I really hope it’s sunny enough for you to wear it, or at least layer it into an outfit during MMM’13 xxx

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12 Responses to Sølvi & the Summer Dresses: New Look 6377

  1. LOVE that hat!! sundress looks great, the length is unusual to me, i’m not adventurous with lengths, knee or above for me! looking forward to seeing what other unblogged gems you have in your wardrobe.

  2. Seeing this dress really makes me believe in summer again. It’s so fresh and lovely! You style it so well also, looks fab with the hat and shoes 🙂

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Sewing plans: Vogue 8280.

A good friend of mine is getting married in November, and I really want to make a new dress for that event. Believe it or not, I don´t really have any winter appropriate party dresses, and you never know how the weather will be in November. Especially in a chilly church. Before we moved, a… Continue Reading…

11 Responses to Sewing plans: Vogue 8280.

  1. It’s going to be stunning! Reminds me a bit of the navy dress you are wearing in your blog header, but obviously much more dramatic and formal! Have you ever sewn with velvet before? I’ve never tried it…

    • I have high hopes for this one! 😉 I have sewn a little with velvet before, and know that the presscloth is my friend, and that once you´ve stitched a seam, it´s gonna stay there. So I guess a muslin is necessary to get the fit right!

    • Thanks for the tip! I am planning on making a wearable muslin in a wool blend to check the size and to practice on the design, commenters on PR have all said that this dress runs big in the bodice, so I’ll definately check the pattern tissue first. I usually do that with the big four. Why, oh why do they add so much ease? I just don’t get it!:-)

    • By the way, I love your 8648, I have that Susan Kahlje class too, but haven’t had much progression yet. I might use it for this dress, though! 🙂

  2. The inspiration dress is beautiful – I’m sure your Vogue version will be too! Can’t wait to see it 🙂 It’s hard to come up w/ outfits sometimes for those drafty churches…

    • I totally agree, especially if the dress should be appropriate for a (potentially) warm dinner party afterwards!

  3. Wow, that’s looking to be a stunning dress! I really like your sketches, too. 🙂
    Sadly, I have no pointers for sewing with velvet. For now, I’m still sticking to the easy fabrics. 😉

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11 Responses to FESA update: The jersey dress

  1. This is one of those dresses that looks so much better on than in the technical drawing. I love how you styled it so many different ways!

  2. The dress looks nice in all the different styles and I agree with Sigrid that it looks better than in the drawing.The colour looks gorgeous!
    So pleased that you found a copy of the Perry Ellis skirt too!

  3. The dress looks great – I love the colour on you and the versatility. I like the collage too. I can see this being a winter wardrobe staple.

  4. Knit dress love – and the color is great! I’ve had in mind something similar for a polka dot jersey I recently got. I’ll have to check if I own the Burda issue…

  5. Wow! This dress is definitely a winner. I love all the “versions” of your collage, it was a great idea. Fabulous!

  6. Knit dresses are one of my fav things and yours looks great. I love the different ways you’ve styled your dress, looks like you’ll get plenty of wear out of it.

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Pattern Review: BurdaStyle Magazine 06-2008-108

Avaliability: This is a BurdaStyle Magazine pattern from the June 2008 issue. Pattern number 108. Pattern type: Shirtdress Rating: Highly recommend. Pattern Description: Shirtdress pattern with elastic waist and darts both in the front and the back. Knee length. Pattern Sizing: Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done… Continue Reading…

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  1. That is a wonderful style on you. I am in the process of planning a shirtdress for a girlfriend and I really like this pattern.

  2. What a cute shirt dress. I love the shape with collar over sleeveless top and the flared skirt. Makes me feel like summer’s still here?!

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