22 April 2014

Lobster Skirt for Sew Dolly Clackett


So I've finally joined the lobster sewing cult. I'd been lusting after lobster fabric for yonks, ever since seeing a skirt at the Horrockses exhibition, subsequently being teased by the likes of Adrienne, Karen and Roisin with their crustacean creations. So I emitted a yelp of joy when I found some over at Modes4U - here, to be precise. You're welcome.

This is my contribution to Sew Dolly Clackett, a blogger challenge dreamed up by Sarah and the #sewcialists to celebrate the lovely Roisin's impending nuptials. The idea is to sew a dress inspired by Roisin's make-you-smile style. Erm... yes, the sharp-eyed amongst you may notice that this isn't actually a dress, it is in fact a skirt. What can I say? I just really fancied making a lobster skirt, I'm a shellfish seamstress (arf!). If Roisin were to make a skirt, she'd probably make one just like this, non? I hope she likes it!


So let's talk more about the amazing fabric. Modes4U, who sent me this fabric for review, is a super cute fabric shop stocking a wonderous selection of adorable designs, including stunning Japanese Echino fabric, which can be tricky to find in the UK. I seriously spent about two and a half hours browsing through their selection and trying to choose, it's just all so incredible! You'll be seeing more fabric from their shop on this here blog soon...

The pattern is the Picnic Blanket Skirt, a simple gathered button-down skirt which long time readers will remember I drafted a couple of years ago. The good news is that I shared a series of tutorials on how to make it yourself. So if you want to recreate it, go ahead!


The skirt is really easy to make and came together in a flash. The only problem I had was with one of the buttonholes - I made a total pig's ear of it. For some reason that I can't fathom, the automatic buttonhole function on my beloved sewing machine decided to rebel and do its own thing. When I tried to restitch it, it made yet another random shape. Urgh! I was in a hurry to finish up and have dinner, so in the end I just stitched over the whole thing. Luckily you can't actually see what a mess it is unless you look really closely, and I trust no one is going to actually get that close to my buttonhole, as it were, thank you very much. Apart from that, it's all good, and I love this skirt! It's really miserable here in London today but I'm dreaming of Summer so I can wear this outside. Bring on the sunshine!



If you haven't done so already, go have a peek at the other amazing creations (actual dresses) in the Sew Dolly Clackett Flickr pool. So much sewing inspiration! (Omigawd, including an actual dress in the same fabric!)

Happy wedding, Roisin and Nic! xx

48 comments:

  1. I can see it with some seashell buttons actually

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  2. Yes, I agree that this skirt would be first in Roisin's wardrobe if she were to sew separates. Extremely cute!!

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  3. Shellfish seamstress... love that!

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  4. Brilliant fabric. But whilst drooling over the lobsters, I'm also drooling over your Orla Kiely shoes. Just gorgeous x

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  5. I am such a bore when it comes to my clothing- but this is an awesome skirt! I could certainly see myself at a barbecue rockin' something fun like this. Or the beach. Or the park. There are ample amount of places where a lobster skirt could be useful, amiright?

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  6. ooh so snappy! lolololol. i have seen lobster buttons before that would be so good with this! But otherwise, i think Roisin would be quite chuffed wit this! dress or not!

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  7. Talk about a coincidence! I didn't take part in Sew Dolly Clacket, but...I just made a lobster print Picnic Blanket Skirt less than a month ago! Here's the link to my blog post if you want to check it : http://cuisinecoutureandrocknroll.blogspot.fr/2014/03/lobster-quadrille-skirt.html

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  8. I love it! I've been wanting that fabric for a while now, it looks wonderful as a skirt and how fab that you joined in! I don't envy R's choice in picking a winner!

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  9. Love it. Very cute skirt. I never would have picked lobsters for a skirt, but you make it work big time :-)

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  10. I love this skirt too! very retro , very fresh! love the lobsters too:)

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  11. adorable!! (maybe one one the lobsters got that buttonhole.)

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  12. Lovely Lobster creation - just wear it anyway - who cares about the weather!!! Jo x

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  13. I love it! We live by the sea, and my 4 year old daughter is obsessed with the song Rock Lobster by the B52s. It's just got to be made!

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  14. This goes so well with your top, I'm defo gonna make this when I have time!

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  15. nice work. glued canvas could help with neater buttoholes.

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  17. Such fun fabric! Lets just hope the sun comes out again! :)

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  18. Love this, looks lots of fun. I wore my picnic blanket skirt last week. Sure it's the reason we planned a picnic for Friday :)

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  19. Oh, that print!! I wanted once to make a dress with a lobster print, but never got the chance to make it. Your skirt is amazing! I love it :)

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  20. THIS IS SO ADORABLE. Pinning your picnic blanket skirt tutorials so I can make one of my own!

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  21. How fun! We had sunshine yesterday after such a long winter. It was blissful! Hang in there! Warm days will come when you can wear that fabulous skirt!

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  22. I must try making a skirt like this :)

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  23. I must try making a skirt like this :)

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  24. Great fabric! Thanks for the link to the shop where you bought it. Did you incur many customs charges buying from Hong Kong?

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  25. Hello! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award! You can read more about it on my blog: http://the-0ther-blog.blogspot.nl/

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  26. Darling! I love this style skirt and what I do is just sew on the lower buttons. No one will ever know there is no buttonhole. At least it raises the odds of having them all look good.

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  27. It's gorgeous! Very Dolly Clackett even if it is a skirt and not a dress!

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  28. What a groovy chick you are! ;-) It looks fab.

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  29. What a cool lobster skirt Miss Dali!
    You need this Tatty Devine necklace to go with:
    http://www.tattydevine.com/lobster-necklace-red.html
    I have one and he is super cute as he snips his little pinchers as you wear it ; )

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  30. This is so cute and a lovely tribute to Roisin. I love Horrockses dresses and am going to the talk at the FTM next month.

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  31. Gorgeous skirt! What a wonderful fabric. I'd love to make a 50's style novelty dress with this. xxx

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  32. Unique skirt. Beautiful fabric and very original. I want a skirt like this!

    Vero
    http://uvedeveronica.blogspot.com.es/

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  33. I love that skirt! How fun!

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  34. Wow... the lobsters are so cool! I think I need a picnic blanket skirt in my life now. : )

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  35. Fantastic skirt! I can see this design in lots of fabrics… I'll be looking up your tutorial as soon as I finish the projects already on my table (Anna and Flora!) :)

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  36. Love the fabric Tilly but also love your sunny photos. Can you describe photos as sunny? Hmm... Hope the button hole gremlins get resolved.

    x Elena

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  37. Love the skirt! You look very cute!

    http://www.MARTASFASHIONDIARY.com/
    New post…..PINK SKIRT!

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  38. Love the lobster print! It's so unusual and eyecatching. The picnic blanket skirt is definitely next on my list to make :)

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  39. Hi Tilly

    I'm really struggling with tracing my Coco pattern onto fabric with dress makers carbon. I'm pressing so hard with the wheel that it's going through the pattern but still the transfer is very patchy? Any tips?

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  40. Lovely Tilly when I first saw the title of your post I thought to myself that I wouldn't much like the design of the fabric - how wrong I was, I love it! The shape of the skirt is divine and you look so lovely in it, well you always look gorgeous anyway and the fabric would make such a lot of really groovy things. I am certainly going to have another look - a fab post as always Tilly, big hugs and loves
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  41. OK, you are now Officially Too Cute. This is absolutely adorable.

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  42. Are you doing little lobster claws in that first photo, Tilly? Too, too cute! I love this lobster fabric lots and, while I'm not a skirt-wearer at all, I think it's really cool that you made the challenge fit what you like to wear. That's what sewing is all about, isn't it?! Thank you so much for taking part xxx

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  43. What pattern did you use for the top? This look is magnificent! I'm not a dress person, but I'm struck with the urge to make this entire outfit. :)

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    1. I bought the top from Joy aaages ago but it's similar to the plain sleeve version of our Agnes pattern :)

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