The Best Kind of Surprise: Sew Dolly Clackett!

I’m not crazy about surprises. I like to have all the facts. And yet, sometimes a surprise comes along that’s a really good one!


Sarah, from the sewing blog Rhinestones and Telephones, contacted me a couple of weeks ago to tell me about her plan to surprise sewing blogger Roisin, also known as Dolly Clackett with a contest in her honour!

From Sarah:

I don’t know if you remember me, but I blog at Rhinestones & Telephones. As you may know, Roisin Muldoon, aka Dolly Clackett, is getting married on May 23, 2014. I am lucky enough to know her outside of blogging and am organizing a surprise sewing contest for her as a wedding gift from the online sewing community. To enter, stitchers must create a dress in Roisin’s style with extra points awarded for dresses sewn from her favourite patterns. Your Cambie dress is definitely one of her favourites.

The best part? Roisin will be judging the contest herself and picking three winners. This will hopefully be a complete surprise to her and we plan on kicking off the contest on February 23 and ending it on April 23rd.

How could I resist being part of such a thoughtful gesture? What an amazing thing to organize for a friend! I was happy to spread the word and be part of the prize line up, which includes patterns from Sewaholic, Colette Patterns, Christine Haynes, By Hand London and gift certificates to Hart’s Fabric and Berylune.

Want to get an idea of Roisin’s style, for your competition entry? Here’s are some of her Cambie Dresses:

dolly clackett Cambie dress

dolly clackett Cambie dress 2

dolly clackett Cambie dress 3

dolly clackett Cambie dress 4

dolly clackett Cambie dress 5

dolly clackett Cambie dress 6

And a Lonsdale Dress for good measure! I had so much fun browsing through her project posts to find these photos.

dolly clackett lonsdale dress

dolly clackett lonsdale dress 2

All photos borrowed from Roisin’s blog, Dolly Clackett.

She sure can rock a printed dress! I think you’ve got a good idea of her style now. Florals, dots, gingham, bright colours, and statement shoes!

Want to join in the fun? Stop by Sarah’s blog to get the details on the contest, and read Roisin’s reaction to the news on her blog here. Thanks Sarah for putting together such a kind gesture and tribute to a friend!

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9 Responses to The Best Kind of Surprise: Sew Dolly Clackett!

  1. Ginger March 2, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    This is such a fun sewalong! Roisin’s probably been responsible for more pattern purchases than any other blogger- I’m always sold after I see her version! These dresses are all gorgeous!

  2. Shannon March 2, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    I love the idea behind this sewalong! I’ll have to wait and see if I have enough sewing time to join in, but I really want to. I love all of Roisin’s dresses, and I really admire her style! I wouldn’t have the confidence to wear anything quite so bold (maybe this sewalong will be a chance to push myself a little), but she rocks it! Plus, I was planning to make another Cambie this spring anyways.

  3. Jo March 2, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    I am going to do my darndest to enter this. I’ve been wanting to make a cambie forever. I’ve only tried it the skirt part with another bodice. I have the most beautiful floral cotton. Eee fingers crossed I can pull it off :)
    Your cambie pattern is beautiful and her makes really show it off! :)

  4. Jeri March 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    I’m totally in. Roisin has one of my favorite blogs and her style rocks. I love how she sews with prints she loves and is not afraid to frankenpattern!

  5. Brianna March 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    This sounds like a lot of fun, love all her variations!

  6. Sewing Princess March 3, 2014 at 1:23 am #

    I do confirm Roisin is a very nice person. And it’s a great initiative really. Her style is very unique. Love that gingham Lonsdale…just gave me an inspiration!

  7. Elena Knits March 4, 2014 at 12:16 am #

    I love this idea! I have the Cambie pattern and the fabric for it since last year. What a great excuse to finally make it!

  8. Jessica March 4, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    How sweet! I’m getting married the day after her and just finished a Cambie last night for my bridal shower, so I already have my entry!

  9. Sarah March 5, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    Thank you for such a lovely post, Tasia. And THANK YOU for generously donating a Sewaholic pattern to the contest!