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Sew Dolly Clackett

When I saw the tweet about #sewdollyclackett I knew I wanted to get involved, just didn’t think I’d leave it till the 11th hour (or as close as) to get involved.

I love Roisin blog, her hand made wardrobe and shoes are girl crush material. shamelessly I’ve bought the same fabric and made versions of her dresses more than once, but you know I’m sure she wouldn’t mind.

I made this dress in plenty of time and have even worn it few times since. The first time was to celebrate my nephews 18th birthday. My dad loved the fabric and convinced me to wear it to the races, so I did. Alex has already mentioned that she saw a few duplicate outfits at Aintree Races and her own dress was unique. I didn’t see another pin up girl and car patterned dress all day. Another bonus for sewing your own dresses right there.

I love the Alexandra Henry fabric, the dress pattern is Emery by Christine Haynes, this is my 3rd Emery and first ever full bust adjustment, there is a brilliant post explaining all in the Emery sewalong

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I wore my favourite shoes and my bag has little matching cherries.


2 for 1 Doorway shot and derp face.

This won’t be my last Emery dress, I want to fix some neckline gaping and I have a few metres of more Alexandra Henry fabric washed and ready to sew in true Dolly Clackett style.

Wishing Roisin and Nic a very happy wedding day and years beyond, lets all raise a glass of prosecco to that.


Ladies Day

Today is the start of the 3 day Grand National festival in Aintree and its a not all about the horse racing!

Thursday is the grand opening, I’ve never been, but it is growing in popularity. Saturday is the big race.  For some the main event is tomorrow, a day of high fashion, high shoes and high spirits. Ladies Day and I love it.

For me the preparation started months ago, looking at dresses online and in stores, hoping the weather would be dry / warm enough to forgo a brolly and a winter coat. Deciding where to eat afterwards, should we book a package with breakfast and travel included?   All the plans are in place, dress bought, hair appointment booked, eye brows tided up.  The excitement is building and I can’t wait for tomorrow. I really enjoy being all dressed up, glass of wine in hand, having a little flutter on the horses,  Everyone is in a great mood and if the sun shines, even better.

My only gripe about the whole day is the negative press it attracts, the nasty comments I’ve read on social media about the women who attend. Yes there are some sights, shoes too high, hemlines too short, but wouldn’t life would be boring if we were all the same and wore midi dresses and ballet flats?  I’m sure it’s not to everyone’s tastes, but come on let’s play nice now; lets not bitch about what some are wearing.  I just hope I don’t see a photograph of someone flashing their draws in the Liverpool Echo.

Might post a picture of me all dressed up tomorrow, I wont be flashing anything.

Train spotting

Not much to say, just a pic of me in a spotty jumper and train patterned skirt.

I’ve found recently that I just don’t wear trousers, apart from jeans. It’s all skirts and dresses, if those have pockets then all the better. (This skirt does have pockets)

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Skirt and jumper from Cath Kidson, shoes asos.

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