Friday 18 April 2014

The Monster Dress

I'm loving all the Sew Dolly Clackett dresses that are popping up at the moment, have you been checking out the flickr pool? These are some of my favourites so far: Heather's Poppy Dress, Ree's Rock Around the Clock dress and Jade's Happy Melon Dress, but to be honest, they're all fantastic so it's gonna be hard to pick a winner!

In the spirit of the sewalong I decided to post about my Monster Dress. I made it quite some time ago so it doesn't qualify to be entered into the competition and though it probably isn't quite Roisin's style, I'm sure she'd appreciate it. This is one of my favourite makes, I spent hours cutting the fabric out to get the placement just right, but I really enjoyed the process and it's such a fun fabric to play with.

I gave Dracula and the Mummy their own shoulder strap each and tried really hard to get a good balance of monsters throughout the dress, being careful not to chop any of their heads off!

The pattern I used was New Look 6699 which is one of my go to patterns - I've made it 6 times already with different variations and I'm sure I'll use it again.

Don't you just love this fabric! It's "Robert Kaufman Horror Movie" which I purchased on-line from Belle Pepper Fabrics. The drawings of each character are wonderful and the bright colours all work so well together.

My friend Tracey and I made up dresses in the fabric to wear onstage with our band (she used McCall's 2401 which is another really versatile pattern). It probably wouldn't be most people's choice for everyday wear but it's perfect for stage, especially when you're singing songs like "Wolfman" and "Zombie Rumble"!

Here's Tracey and I posing with a fan backstage in Tokyo - couldn't believe she turned up in the same fabric! (I love her blue shoes). I also made a little petticoat edged with green polka dot tulle just to add that extra bit of kitsch and a little volume to the skirt :)

This fabric is perfect for cushions too - the possibilities are endless!

Soundtrack: Wolfman by Rocket to Memphis - (shameless plug!)

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  1. This is awesome! It looks so great on you & I love the little bit of green petticoat peeking out. I enjoyed listening to your band too - a fellow singer! I'm in a close harmony swing group but haven't tackled making any costumes yet, maybe soon!

    1. Wow, that sounds amazing. Do you have any recordings or video? I'd love to hear some, great to meet a fellow singer/sewer!