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

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