First off, the winner of the Elephant in my Handbag FQ giveaway is Diane from Vintage Zest. Yay! Please email me your address Diane and I'll make sure your prize is sent out to you. Thank you to everybody who entered and to Stephanie for such a generous giveaway.
Now you may just have noticed that the sewing blog world is abuzz with all things Dolly Clackett. Sewing superstar and creator of beautiful dresses Dolly Clackett (aka Roisin) is getting married next month, and to help the celebrations along, Sarah from Rhinestones and Telephones is hosting a fun challenge - Sew Dolly Clackett. The challenge is to sew a Roisin-style dress, which Roisin herself gets to judge. Big fat hoorah!
As usual, I'm very late to the party - the deadline is tomorrow - and the Flickr group page is filling up thick and fast (Jenny from Sewing Pies has actually made 12, yes 12 dresses!!) Much as I'd like to pay homage to Roisin by sewing an Eiffel Tower, Sexy Cowgirl, Comic Strip or Lobster dress (delete as applicable), I thought I'd go with another favourite of hers and tread the gingham route.
Not very original I'm afraid, but my Betty dress is probably as close to a Dolly Clackett dress as I'm going to get. That girl has a keen eye for a fitted bodice and a circle skirt and this delivers on both counts. Oh, and did I mention it's gingham?! Roisin has made no secret of her love for gingham in the past, wowing us with these beauties.
I first met Roisin a couple of years ago and instantly felt like I'd known her forever. We started talking ten to the dozen and every time we meet, we just carry on where we left off. It's like she's my cousin or something (and let me tell you, my cousins are a big deal to me.) I'm so, so thrilled she's getting wed to the lovely Nic. And in case you're worried, I've had the pleasure of meeting Nic and he passes the sewing blogger test on many levels. Most noticeably, he clearly adores Roisin, he knows his old films and he's mightily skilled at keeping a lady's glass filled with Prosecco. Three excellent reasons to marry him I say! I leave you with a photo of the two of us, taken on a very sunny, very happy day last year. I can't be certain, but something tells me we'd had a little too much to drink!
Have a wonderful, wonderful day my darling Roisin. xx