The Dolly Clackett Challenge – the 3-in-1 Rock the Frock Dress

3-in-1 Rock the Frock dress #sewdollyclackett

3-in-1 Rock the Frock dress #sewdollyclackett
3-in-1 Rock the Frock dress #sewdollyclackett

Well, it took me a while, but I’ve done it! I have made a dress in the style of Dolly Clackett, which shall ever more be dubbed the 3-in-1 Rock the Frock Dress.  It was a challenge – I combined the skirt from Simplicity 2444, the bodice from Colette Patterns Lily dress and used the pocket pattern from the Cami dress by Paulice Alice.  I happen to consider the pocket pattern the best ever drafted, hence I have reused it on every skirt and dress I have made ever since. The fabric is a vintage Cath Kidston pattern in blue cotton, which I found on Ebay ages ago, and had been saving it for a special project. I reckon the occasion of a wedding a special enough 🙂 I made the collar in a contrasting solid white cotton fabric. I’ve added a yellow polka dot grosgrain ribbon using it as a belt. I have some left over which I will use to make a head band. Why yellow? Because I thought a white belt was too obvious and using yellow was a bit more adventurous, which is in keeping with the Dolly Clackett ethos – that’s my excuse anyway, and I’m sticking to it. The dress is also fully lined, with a white cotton voile. So that’s …

  • Something old – vintage Cath Kidston print
  • Something new – a new frock
  • Something borrowed – I ‘borrowed’ the style of the dress from the 1940s
  • Something blue – the dress!

I must say I’m looking forward to wearing this number, and have already styled it up with a little navy blue cardigan and ballet shoes.  It is so nice to be able to wear a cotton dress with a skirt that can not be confused as a belt. I of course will have no chance in hell of winning a prize but it was simply lovely to take a small part in the upcoming wedding celebrations of 2 lovely creatives I have been following for a while.  Please hop on over to the flickr page and wish the happy couple Roisin and Nic all the very best. Also check out all of the beautiful outfits created in honour of Dolly Clackett.


Next on the sewing agenda – something yellow I think! hmm …