22 November 2015: giddy

Evening all

It’s a rare treat when the Norwich and Hertfordshire Dress like Tess offices get to watch Strictly in the same room. And Blackpool too. Marvs. How best to celebrate? Well… over the past few years we’ve spent Christmas together, in a non-Christmassy style with a running buffet and stacks of frozen “party food” rather than a turkey no one wants and vegetables that chocolate-engorged kids just push around their plates. This year we’re not doing Xmas, so we had fake festivities yesterday.

Turn oven to 190. Reheat for 15-20 minutes.

Added to the mix were some very good friends of Dress like Tess, whose fireplace has been a backdrop to more than one Tess-dressing extravaganza. One friend of DlikeT cannot resist actually dressing up as Tess… of which more later.

Anyway, Herts Tess packed her bags and drove up the A11.

21 Nov Tess on tour

So… you can probably guess that bargain fizzy wine was the order of the day. Here’s Herts office boss Amanda’s  Tess, with some candleholders.

21 Nov Amanda Tess 1

Tess’s sequin-tastic dress inspired our regular Taunton-based players, Charlotte and family. Here’s their first Tess:

21 Nov Char Tess 1

Taunton had guests, too… and they “bear-ed all” for us. (Sorry.)

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These teds are from Hertfordshire but spent a weekend minibreak in Taunton, where they leapt into Tess-ery with glee. And a third bear couldn’t resist being Darcey. We love this… it’s a heart-rate monitor

21 Nov Char Tess 4

Back in Norwich, we had a go at a Darcey, too. Here’s Daisy, being Darcey, with a home-made Darcey. (This Darcey was made by someone far too cool for Dress like Tess, so we’ll protect her anonymity. Good Darcey, though.)

21 Nov Norwich Daisy Darcey

Anyway, when we play Dress like Tess, the Herts and Norwich offices like to check out our Facebook “likes”, especially the no-we’re-not-sure-how=they-work-it-out-either bar that says how many people each post allegedly “reached”. We’re happy with 10 or so “likes”, sometimes 100 or so “reaches”. But then we posted a Tess last night that accidentally broke the internet. This post has allegedly reached more than 1,000 people… and 997 of them are now in therapy.

Are you ready?

21 Nov we broke the internet

Oh yes. It’s Tess. In sequins.

Moving swiftly on, Claudia wore black with gold bits around the top. Norwich’s picture is more than a little blurred…

21 Nov Imogen Claudia 1

Fortunately, Exploria is completely in focus. Waist-deep in nuts.

21 Nov Amanda Exploria 1

So… today is Sunday and there simply isn’t enough tea in the caddy to mitigate the hangover. There has been yer actual weather outside and much lazing around on sofas with just-possibly-overtired kids. Still in Blackpool, we thought Jamelia was robbed.

Herts Tess has gone back home for a nice cuppa and a sit down.

22 Nov Amanda Tess undressed

Claudia did feathers…

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Taunton sent in a pen. We like. Meanwhile, Exploria looks slightly exoticdanceresque.

Tess on the Telly did a black dress with silver ribbons. And of course we knocked up a quick tights’n’tinfoil homage.

Herts to the left, Norwich to the right. Here we are stuck in the middle with you.

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So there we are. Tess-with-tache broke the internet and the DlikeT team enjoyed its pretendy Christmas immensely. The Norwich office is out of the country next weekend, but as you are by now all more than aware, the Herts office is really in charge of this gig.

 

xx

 

 

de-de-de-de-de/de-de-de-de-de/Tess Express

Ah, good morning Tessworld

It’s Wednesday, the sun is shining in Norwich and it’s time for a midweek Tess-based recap. Woohoo.

So. We’ll be honest. We weren’t home for Saturday’s Strictly. We did, however, wear *a lot* of sequins, so almost brought the Strictly vibe to some of Norwich’s many licensed premises. Good grief, did we really just say “the Strictly vibe”? Take us outside now and make us write lines. It’s only a matter of time before someone lets slip the word “funky”… NO. Just no. You know the type. Someone who clearly thinks “what the hell are you wearing?” but instead of just politely keeping its mouth shut feels the need actually to utter some words and says to you: “Ooh, look at your funky leggings.”

You know that in some parts of north America, “funky” means “a bad smell”, right?

We appear to have digressed somewhat.

It was Saturday, wasn’t it? The DlikeT Herts office *of course* took the wheel and as ever produced some tops Tess-ness. Shall we see?

07 Nov Amanda Tess 07 Nov Amanda Exploria

Round of applause for Amanda and her marvellousness. Exploria seems ever so animated, doesn’t she?

Obviously it was a good night for playing both a Tess and a Claudia. Everyone who DressedalongaTess re-created both presenters. Is it getting too easy or are we all just having a good time?

So… where first? How about Cornwall, where Seren, India and Jasmine once again gave us a fab Tess and Claudia.

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Meanwhile, in Norwich (well… sort of Norwich… a rather lovely corner of Norfolk, to be exact), Amelie (and possibly also her mum Lisa) gave us a Tess and a Claude. We’re pretty sure we saw a pic somewhere of Amelie’s ENTIRE JUDGING PANEL for one episode of Strictly but we’re kippered if we can find it.

07 Nov Lisa Lisa Tess and Claudia

And finally to south-east London, where Becca finesses her trademark Playmobil, with both a Tess and a Claudia.

07 Nov Becca Claudia 1 07 Nov Becca Tess 1

Moving swiftly on to Sunday, where we actually sat down and watched the results show live, all full of carbs and remorse. As Claudia descended the BBC staircase, both Mr DlikeT and literally one of the children shouted “tin foil”. Indeed so… Claudia was all about the silver reflectiveness. The Herts office — incidentally, this was the FIRST TIME the Herts office had used foil… what *have* they been doing? — thought the dress added a little “post-marathon chic” to proceedings. Mais oui. All Claudia was missing was a banana and a funny walk.

First, let’s see the 6-y-o member of the Norwich team’s Claudia… she’s gone with oil pastels here, and we’re sorry, we can’t return any of your paintings.

08 Nov Norwich draws Claudia

We just went nuts in the foil dept… as did Herts. See if you can guess which Claudia belongs to which office? NB this is about as tricky as one of those ITV “win £30,000” text-ins. “Which one of the following would you NOT put in a sandwich? a) cheese b) ham c) the driveshaft from a 1972 Escort Mexico”

08 Nov Amanda Exploria 08 Nov Norwich Claudia

But we were both well and truly foiled (come on, it was inevitable) by Team Exeter. They gave us what team boss Char describes as “a little bit Halston 70s drapey”. We simply describe it thus: GENIUS.

08 Nov Ellen Claudia

And Tess was in black… blah blah blah. Sequinny bits though. Can’t resist a sequin.

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Norwich on the left, Herts on the right. As if you couldn’t tell.

Well, we’re half way through Strictly and it’s a week and a half till Blackpool. Frankly, we’re relieved Carol has at last gone home and fear that J Vine may have to perform a J Sergeant resignation press conference if he lasts more than the next fortnight. Have you noticed the judges are not being openly horrible to the Eggheads frontperson? Probably because they know the viewer vote will rocket if they go heavy on the panto villain put-downs…

OK. Get to work. Our desk that looks like the aftermath of a tornado.

 

 

 

ta ta

 

 

26 October The Great-Tess-t Love of All

Bonjour and hello

Well. This is a bit odd. Actually writing DlikeT from a secret location somewhere under a tree in France and actually DIDN’T WATCH STRICTLY THIS WEEKEND! Argh. Fortunately not only was DlikeT co-ed Amanda “the talented one” in charge, but she played Saturday’s DlikeT with long-time DlikeT-er Charlotte, now of Somerset, and friend-of-DlikeT Harriet.

So anyway, we leave the country and Tess doesn’t wear flipping black. Good grief. Let’s celebrate the cerise first with Amanda, Char and Harry’s Somerset Tessery. Pink tights. Can’t live without ’em.

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I think at this point it’s important we see a shagpile carpet. Yes?

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Actually it might be cushions. Oh. We were ever so excited that regular DlikeT-er Sally in north London (come on, you know Sally… she stands up in court in a wig… for all the right reasons) had a deep fluffy carpet but on closer inspection that might be yer actual sofa-embellishment. Any road, shall we see Sally’s Tess?

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Sally says “perfect pink”. We happen to agree.

So shall we go to Norwich? We probably should. Just because the East Anglian Dress like Tess office has run away, doesn’t mean Norwich stops being a hive of Tess-based excitement. First up, here’s Amelie. We like Amelie. Not only has she done a Tess AND a Claudia but members of the Dress like Tess office have directly benefited from Amelie’s hand-me-down trousers. Fact.

24 Oct Amelie Tess Claudia

Still in the Fine City, here’s regular DlikeT-er Jenny. A bit of tissue has come up lovely as Tess’s frock, but Jenny’s house failed to get excited by Claudia. “More drab than gaudy today,” she told us. “Tempted to use a bin bag to mirror our feelings for the dress but recycled last week’s tights and added a bit of paper to finish it off (and a lot of sellotape).” Actually Jenny, we rather like your Claudia.

And that’s how you play. Can we use last week’s? Why not. (Incidentally if BBC budget tsars happen to be reading, please do not adopt this approach to actual Strictly. Although certain other shows might as well be recycled…)

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To Yorkshire now, where Kathryn Rhodes gives us both Tess and Claudia, and once again we’re really impressed by Claudia’s black frock.

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Let’s stay in Yorkshire, shall we, for what’s rapidly becoming a DlikeT highlight: Lego Tess! Rosie and her family in Farsley are ALL OVER this. Next week a Minecraft Tess? Made of lava?

 

 

24 Oct Rosie Lego Tess 1

And so to the results show. Lego Tess submitted by Maisie, as her mum Rosie went out for the evening. On a Sunday. Good grief.

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Back at home, the Herts office rather spectacularly gave us necklines. AND SLEEVES. And for that they will always be the powerhouse of DlikeT. Although not the “northern powerhouse” because that’s a silly expression and sounds far more like a dodgy discount telly shop than an actual economic THING.

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And finally… let’s hear it for the Herts office’s guest, Jan. Jan’s what we’ll call a PROPER RUNNER, which is exciting enough in itself, but left alone with some pins and some pants, Jan did this Exploria

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We are liderally forming a queue outside Jan’s house with our underwear and a hopeful expression.

Anyway, it’s Halloween next Saturday so anyone not being forced to wander the streets collecting cheap chocolate is welcome to play along…

 

a bientot

 

 

 

18 October the quiet-Tess-ed part of the weekend

Evening

Just the DlikeT editors playing along tonight… and quite frankly the Norwich office is too tired for Tess-ery following a pair of late nights, but there we are. We have it on good authority that the Herts office has met actual** Disney princesses this weekend so how they have the energy to drape a doll in tights is beyond us.

Anyway, having been stalking yer actual Tess Daly’s Instagram we were convinced she was going to wear something black and strapless (again) tonight. Some of us had even got the tights ready. Well you could have knocked us down with a roll of sellotape when she appeared in a white top with silver embellishment and a black skirt. Kitchen roll, obvs. And foil. We like to think that had she worn this on a Saturday we’d have gone nuts with the glitter but we only get 45 mins on a Sunday so it’s always a bit more of a rush. Meanwhile, at the other end of the A11 (and left a bit), the Herts office has just had a tights clearout… which is useful. See if you can guess which Tess belongs to which house…

 

 

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Meanwhile, Claudia was in red. We liderally threw some old leggings (which have been about eight DlikeTs already) at Claude and held them down with hope and sello.

18 Oct Imogen Claudia

Thankfully Exploria’s here! And she’s wearing Iggle Piggle’s blanket. Postmodernism. Totes.

18 October Exploria

Right, well, we’ve got a cup of tea and a Galaxy and are contemplating getting up at 515am to go training. Right now there’s a high chance of hitting the snooze button when the alarm rings…

 

STOP PRESS!!!! Lego Tesses from Yorkshire. We have Rosie, Amelia and Maisie to thank for these beauties.

18 Oct Rosie lego

Absolutely LOVE these!

 

 

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18 October 2015 a cup of restorative tea and Tess’s legs

Morning world of DlikeT

So last night the Norwich office was off celebrating a family birthday in a rather lovely hotel in north Norfolk (www.felbrigglodge.co.uk — no, they’re not sponsoring this post but we might as well mention them) but thankfully the Herts office took charge of http://www.facebook.com/dressliketess. Anyway, it’s Sunday lunchtime, Mr Dress like Tess has gone to the allotment to dig up all the spuds in case we get a frost this week and we’re catching up on Strictly and wondering how many cups of tea it’s going to take to rid our mouths of the metallic taste of hangover. So Mr DlikeT is out there in the rain with his spade and we’ve stuck the heating on. (We wouldn’t be surprised if Mr DlikeT has a plan to spend the rest of the day watching sport, though.)

So. Tess in lace and showing her leg. It’s a good dress, this — edgier than she’s been wearing in recent weeks and totally DresslikeTessable. Lace? A nation rushes to its pants drawer to see what it can cut up.

Shall we begin in Norwich? Why not. Here are Bea and Aeryn. They’re aged five and six and did three Tesses, complete with fabulous arm details. Bea’s mum tells us she wasn’t willing to sacrifice any of her knickers (a moral we can all live by, there) to make Tess’s frock.

17 Oct Bea and Aeryn

The Herts office had no such qualms — DlikeT co-editor Amanda’s pants were straight off (we think that’s what she said, anyway) to make another fabulous Tess. We especially like the fact that Tess is sandwiched between Simone de Beauvoir and Learning with Mother.

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Where shall we go next? How about north London, where regular player Sally (you remember Sally… she crusades for justice) enlisted the help of her six-year-old for this hand-coloured lace panel.

17 Oct Sal Tess 1

Hmmm… now where? There were so many fabulous Tesses on display this week. How about Yorkshire? Hello, Yorkshire. First up, here’s a Tess from eight-year-old Annabel, sent in by her mum. We love the extra gold bits. Telly Tess is obviously thrilled with this one as well.

17 Oct Kathryn Rhodes Tess

Up the road, regular player Rosie has once again raised the Dress like Tess bar. We don’t need dolls… we have LEGO! This is genius. Look at Tess’s leg!

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Oh you’re all so clever. Shall we pop down to Cornwall? Yes, let’s, for a Tess’n’Claude from Seren, Jasmine and India.

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Nice bit o’lace there.

[aside] In yer actual Strictly, we’ve reached Giovanni and her-off-Corrie’s Reach for the Stars excitement. We all love her spangly dress but his “angel wings” suit is distinctly odd. He looks like he’s just come off shift at Banham Poultry.

Ok… so who’s next? Shall we pop back to Norwich and say hello to our friend Jenny? Remember Jenny broke the mould a fortnight ago with her dino-Tess? Triceratess. Well, Jenny’s been allowed into the doll cupboard this week for a more traditional yet no less creative take on Tess and Claudia.

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Particularly loving the “keeeeeep dancing” pose.

Oh my goodness what is Jeremy Vine doing in that bath?

So there we are. Shall we reconvene at a quarter past seven tonight? Tess, if you’re reading, something bright pink would be nice as we’ve just put an old dress in the DlikeT box. (We know it’s already been recorded, honest. Still. Cerise. Have a think, Tess.)

laters potatoes (See how we took the start of the blog and brought it to the end? It’s like we drew a story arc and everything. We don’t just make this up as we go along, you know**)

**subs to check

10 and 11 October 2015… red and black

Evening, crazy world of Dress like Tess

First, enormo-apologies for failing to write a blog about DlikeT last week. This crazy thing called *work* appeared and as there’s never quite enough pennies here at East Anglian DlikeT HQ to keep us in gin, it seemed a good idea to do all the paid jobs we were given. All four of them.

But we couldn’t let last weekend pass without mentioning this post on ACTUAL TESS DALY’S ACTUAL INSTAGRAM.

03 Oct Tess Daly's Instagram

She knows the score. Go Tess. Perhaps give us some clues about your frock via social media…

And there’s also definitely room here to talk about this fantastic pair of last Saturday’s Tesses from friend of DlikeT Mattie and his mum Jenny. Now, Mattie’s sister has lots and lots of Tess-shaped dolls. Seriously, cupboardsful. But would she let her brother and her mum playalongaDresslikeTess with them? No. So Mattie and Jenny improvised, giving us possibly two of the greatest Tesses we’ve seen since we began this caper. Dolls? Who needs ’em?

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It’s all about the kitchen roll and the dinosaurs. Steven Spielberg’s front room in 1993 was probably just the same.

So. Back to this weekend… Strictly did the whole “movies” thing; they made the bloke from the Wanted wear a wig with a ponytail even though he’d had his own tail sliced off the previous week and Ainsley Harriott was made to dress as a penguin. Perhaps he parked in a space reserved for BBC execs last week and this was the price he had to pay.

Talking of Mr Harriott, here he is, with Claudia (and here’s Tess too, for good measure). We have our long-time friend Becca in south-east London to thank for this. Becca pretty much owns the whole “playmobil as Tess” franchise, now we come to think of it.

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So… who played along on Saturday night? Well first let’s say hello to our first Cornish Tess and Claudia! “Hello our first Cornish Tess and Claudia!” Three brand new Dress like Tess-ers, Jasmine (12), India (10) and Seren (7) [Yes. BRAND NEW DlikeT-ers. Woohoo!] made this pair — we hope they’ll be playing along every Saturday.

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Back among the familiar DlikeT massive, we had an instant classic from Sally in north London. Sal says this week’s Tess was “too easy”. Ka-pow! Take that, BBC Wardrobe Department.

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Down in that Somerset, regular player Ellen gave us this Claudia:

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Loving the spangles. The Norwich office sadly couldn’t match that detail, offering instead a purse. Literally a purse. And Tess’s trousers from last week, reconfigured. But only very slightly. Basically with more sellotape.

10 Oct Imogen Claudia 1

Thankfully, just round the corner from DlikeT’s East Anglian nerve centre, seven-year-old Imogen (and her mum Abi, the ACTUAL FASHION STYLIST… just sayin’) gave us this Claudia.

10 Oct Abi Tess 1

Shall we see some Tesses? Shall we? Ah, go on then. Tess’s red column dress proved ever so popular. First, here’s Anna and Rachel’s first ever DlikeT:

10 Oct Anna and Rachel Tess 1

Now then. Rachel tells us Tess very nearly suffered a wardrobe malfuction, saved (of course) by sellotape. Bravo sellotape.

To Oxfordshire! And don’t spare the horses! Daphne Thistlethwaite-Smythe, actually DlikeT’s most glamorous player, takes the prize for “first Tess of the weekend” with this:

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So what did DlikeT’s Norwich office come up with? A red sock.

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Thankfully, as ever, the Herts office was on hand to pick up the pieces, sew on the sequins and in short DO A BETTER JOB, even though we understand the Herts office was midway through the construction of some flatpack furniture at the time.

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Marvellous work, DlikeT-ers. Marvellous work. Was anyone playing tonight? That is, Sunday…

Well, Hertfordshire was… and we’d like to announce the welcome return of possibly our favourite member of the DlikeT cast: Claudia the Exploria!

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Gold lamé? Don’t mind if we do. Except we couldn’t, here in the east. The kids have some gold lamé tights, we’re sure, but they also had an early bedtime and the last thing we wanted to do was ferret around in drawers looking for bits of sparkly stuff. So we did this instead. See, we’re not totally devoid of gold excitement.

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(Actually, what really happened was that we were annexed to the bedroom to watch Strictly so that Mr DlikeT could watch some old toot on Channel 5 and so we found ourselves rooting through the underwear drawer, realising “off white” wasn’t a close-enough approximation to Claudia’s sparkly fun and slightly mourning the loss of a Top Shop batwing jumper in spangly gold we bought in approx 2001… before remembering a rather spectacular birthday gift last year: sparkly heels! Oh yes. Can’t cut ’em up, though.)

Oh, we should probably mention Tess at this point. We saw her legs!

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Nice bit o’ hemline action there.

Right… is that it? Have we forgotten anyone? Is it time to curl up with a recording of You, Me and the Apocalypse and a tumbler of red while picking sellotape off the back of Barbies?

until next week

 

xx

25 and 26 September 2015: SCD launch weekend!

Morning Dress like Tess-ers

We’re mildly giddy here at Norwich DlikeT HQ. We have it on very good authority (honestly, as ex-hacks we’ve checked our sources and EVERYTHING) that *yer actual Tess Daly* is now aware of the “online phenomenon” that is Dress like Tess. Oh yes. Can we fondly imagine that she will soon descend the Strictly stairs clutching a Barbie/wooden spoon version of herself? Probably not, let’s be honest. But right now it’s exciting enough that *yer actual Tess Daly* might even play along with DlikeT while watching on catch-up.

Is that postmodernism?

Or is it dressing a doll in kitchen roll?

Anyway, over on facebook.com/dressliketess we received stacks of Tesses, Claudias and Darceys so thank you to everyone who played along this weekend.

Let’s start on Friday night… Tess in red, Claudia in black and white (reminiscent of Tess’s dress from the 2014 launch) and much excitement about the bloke called Gleb.

Drum roll for our first Tess of the weekend, from  Jody in Basingstoke. Well, at least that’s where Facebook says Jody is. Perhaps the “Monaco” setting is broken.

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Now, we’ll be honest. The Norwich office had popped to the park after school and then the pub (there’s a garden, OK? the kids were playing out). Back home, various other family members arrived… and as a consequence our lounge was a slightly chaotic mix of pizza, dolls, fabric, excited kids and fizzy wine.

Anyway, we managed a Tess

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There’s a caption waiting to happen here, isn’t there? What’s *yer actual Tess Daly* saying? Is it: “Oi! Swimming Barbie! It’s a PENCIL skirt! A PENCIL!”

Fortunately, as ever, the DlikeT Herts office was much more professional. Here’s DLikeT co-editor Amanda’s Tess. Oh yes.

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Real Tess positively purring, there.

Now, you know we’re not restricted to Barbies/Wilko own-brand dolls here at DlikeT. Oh no. Let’s go to Dulwich, where regular DlikeT-er Becca and her nearly 11-year-old daughter (really… I remember her actually being born… ye gods) deployed a pair of Playmobils. (Playmobil? Singular? Anyone?)

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Like it. And down in the far south west, some other members of the DlikeT family, Char and her daughter, gave us Wonder Tess

25 Sep 2015 Char Tess 1

There’s a fantastic video on facebook.com/dressliketess that Char’s husband has made showing the proper actual spinning transformation of Wonder Tess into Wonder Woman. It’s brilliant, but annoyingly I can’t link to it from here. Grrr. Anyway, it’s on facebook. Did we mention that?

Meanwhile, back in Norwich, a pair of Claudias. Aunty Heather’s features ACTUAL STITCHING, and almosteightyearold has gone for it with a “wig”. Instant Claudia.

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So…. Saturday. Tess in white, Claudia in black and away we go. Our first Tess came from Tiff in Buckinghamshire. Or possibly Berkshire. Somewhere leafy, anyway.

Textbook DlikeT stuff here, anyway. As regular player Sally from North London says: “Classic kitchen roll and wool.”

Here’s Tiff’s Tess, followed by a “triple Tess” from her household. Do we award extra points for multiple Tess-ery? (Were we awarding points, which we’re not, although it’s a thought, isn’t it? Perhaps we could set up a premium-rate phone line.) If the Tesses were arranged in a repeating pattern, would they be Tess-ellated?

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And here’s Sally’s Tess

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Over in Leicester, the jewel of the East Midlands, let’s say a big “hello” to Rebecca, who gave us a Tess, a Claudia AND a Darcey. Oh yes. Rebecca rocks. Rebecca said that Tess’s white dress was “too easy” this week. She may have a point. We like Claudia’s fringe and frankly, her Darcey is beyond compare. See — there IS life after One Direction.

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Shall we see another Darcey? Yeah, let’s. That blue neckline was a gift for the scissor-happy players of DlikeT, really, wasn’t it? Anyway, this is from Ellie in the deep south west.

26 Sep 2015 Char Darcey 1

Classy like Darcey.

Meanwhile, the Norwich office moved a few doors down the road (and around the corner) for a little Tess-age. The nearly eightyearolds are totes over dressing dolls and all about the immersive Tess/Claudia experience.

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We did a Tess with white fabric from Granny’s “this might be useful for that thing you do with the Strictly” pile and a black hairband.

26 Sep 2015 Imogen Tess 1

We tried to go for the “real Tess eats doll Tess” shot here, in a sort-of “popular culture devours itself” kind of a way, but actually we fear it appears as if *yer actual Tess Daly* is considering cannibalism. Which we’re pretty sure she isn’t.

Meanwhile, potential disaster in the Herts office: a loo roll shortage! Fortunately, there’s plenty of ribbon in the Home Counties.

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Wow. Is that everyone? What a lot of Tesses. Thank you to EVERYONE who played along — more next week. Strictly is about eight hours long on Saturday so you may want to pack a Thermos. Of prosecco. We’re off down the market to see if the ribbon man has any offcuts.