Sew Dolly Clackett, what dress to wear to a lobster picnic lunch?

This is what I’ve made for the Sew Dolly Clackett competition to celebrate the wedding of the effervescent Roisin to Nic. The challenge is to make a dress that reflects Roisin’s style.

So, what to wear when having a lobster picnic? The ‘lobster lunch picnic dress’ of course. I used the by hand london’s elisalex pattern. The fabric is Beacon Cove by Paul Brent for Moda fabrics.

Elisalex is a favourite of Roisin’s and the nautical theme of the Paul Brent fabric also echos many of Roisin’s lovely frocks. Also, in true Roisin style, some fancy shoes.


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I’ve made the Elisalex dress and bodice before, so I used the muslin (with a FBA and narrower back) from those. I lined the bodice in red voile, included red poplin pockets (all from the stash), understitched the lining and used an invisible zip.

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Sew Dolly Clackett, to Roisin and Nic, all the very best for your upcoming wedding. Thanks for all the dresses and the craic. Here’s to a long and happy future with many delicious picnics together, that may or may not include lobster and a gingham tablecloth xx.

What do you wear to a picnic? What if lobster’s on the menu?


15 thoughts on “Sew Dolly Clackett, what dress to wear to a lobster picnic lunch?

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  3. Where did you find that fabric?? It’s amazing. That’s a lovely style for the dress. Do you think it could be made in a light wool fabric for a winter version maybe with a bit of a sleeve? I am bored with my winter clothes before the long canberra winter even starts. Sigh. A nice dress would be lovely. Interested?


    • Isn’t it great? Its a quilting cotton ( from hobby sew in belconnen) which us sewists usually dont have much time for, but you can get such great designs. The pattern is elisalex and it has versions with sleeves. It really suits a fabric with some body like a wool. Definitely interested, Addicted to Fabric have some lovely wool mixes in or you can always look at Tessuti online. I’ll be dropping by there at Easter, and catching up with the kids of course, but have to get your priorities right 🙂


    • Thanks Penny, it is great, I think it’s really hit a chord. There may not be many places to wear a lobster dress but it is fun. As for the shoes, can’t really have too many pairs of gorgeous shoes.


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