Sew Dolly Clackett!

April 2, 2014


If you read sewing blogs, I’m pretty sure you know Roisin from Dolly Clackett, a lady of wonderful style, who loves funky shoes and fit and flare dresses in crazy patterned fabrics. She’s made everything already: polka dots, gingham and florals of course, but also mushrooms, boats, Eiffel towers, world maps, comics, cowgirls, and that’s only a small selection! She’s really inspiring, and with her huge smile and funny blog posts, reading her always put me in a good mood, so she’s truly one of my favorite bloggers out there.

So when Sarah from Rhinestones and Telephones launched a dress contest à la Dolly Clackett to celebrate Roisin’s upcoming wedding, I just had to jump in!


I had the perfect fabric for this occasion just waiting in my stash: Michael Miller’s Atomic fabric, with retro shapes that look like mid-century clocks (love this!).

I chose to make Butterick B5748 (that Roisin already made here), because I wanted to keep the shape simple with such a busy fabric. It does have an interesting feature, with a nice low scoop back:


The skirt is a full circle, it’s actually the first time I make one like this. I really like this type of skirt on me, I find it really flattering and there is just so much fabric!


I lined it in a really light and soft cotton-silk voile, and I wear it with two different petticoats: one that I made myself, and a tulle one from Modcloth that I can’t wear on it’s own because it’s too scratchy. It really completes the 50s look 🙂


So congratulations to Roisin for her upcoming wedding, and thanks to Sarah for giving me an opportunity to make such a fun dress! Hop over to the Sew Dolly Clackett flickr group if you want to drool over the wonderful dresses that have already been made…


Atomic Dress
Butterick B5748
Size 10
“Atomic” fabric by Michael Miller
Cotton-silk voile lining


  1. sophie

    - April 9, 2014

    adorable! tellement rétro et tellement moderne aussi! superbe ‘fit”!

    • Camille

      - April 21, 2014

      Merci beaucoup !

  2. Shelley

    - April 11, 2014

    Really sweet dress. The style suits you and the fit is great. This Roisin celebration has been so fun, and you’re right–the Flickr group is really lovely and inspiring. You have truly captured the Dolly Clackett look.

    • Camille

      - April 21, 2014

      Thank you Shelley! I like the fabric you’ve chosen for yours, so fun 🙂

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  4. Sue

    - April 12, 2016

    Looking gorgeous
    Your dresses are amazing xx

    • Camille

      - April 12, 2016

      Thanks for the compliments Sue 🙂

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  6. karen

    - August 11, 2017

    love the pattern on the fabric do you have any advice for a novice sewer ?

    • Camille

      - August 26, 2017

      Practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to try and fail, it’s just fabric 🙂

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