Friday, April 25, 2014
McCall 3684: The 'Clackett Cantina' Dress
Late as usual for the party, I was stuck in the Clackett Cantina and didn't manage to get out in time for yesterday's deadline for the 'Sew Dolly Clackett' challenge. For those of you that haven't heard of this...it's a lovely wedding gift for our beloved fellow blogger and sewist extraordinaire, Roisin. I had the pleasure of meeting Roisin and Nic in London and I am over the moon at their wedding! And yes, she is as nice and stylish in person as on her blog (with a killer shoe and me-made dress collection)! A definite source of inspiration.
So, I wanted to pick an extra special pattern and photoshoot location for my 'Sew Dolly Clackett' dress. Do you believe this western-looking street is hidden away in an alley in the heart of Edinburgh? It is basically several false fronts on a bunch of sheds that an innovative furniture store owner (who used to work on movie/theatre sets) created for their business. So great!
Of course, I didn't actually follow the rules for the challenge...I sort of made up a "If Dolly Clackett wore 1940s dresses" challenge. Or "Dolly Clackett Sews for Victory". But, I do think Roisin would approve of the fabric...so bright and colourful! It brings a smile to my face.
I chose McCall 3684 for the extra drapey fabric (fabric content unknown but I'm guessing some sort of jersey blend). I will definitely have to make this dress again because I wasn't able to make the awesome sleeves that are part of View A.
The bodice is really neat. It includes gathering at the shoulders and then two w-shaped bodice pieces that are sewn together with a lapped seam just below the bust area. I think the shape really elongates the torso (I like this look so much better sans belt, though I know they would have worn one in 1940).
The back has the 'bloused' effect and the dress zips on the side.
Raising a glass to you, Roisin and Nic!!! Happy almost wedding!
Happy Friday everyone!