There are no time limits here in the world of Dress Like Tess. No GPS watch to tell us how long it took us to wrap loo roll around a Barbie or how many steps we took across the lounge as we did so.
And not everyone watches Strictly live… some people, believe it or not, actually GO OUT AND HAVE A LIFE on Saturday nights, take planes to exotic destinations or play a couple of gin-fuelled rounds of naked Scrabble.
So you don’t have to play “live” on a Saturday night; play on catch-up… pause the telly… take time with your Tess.
First up this muggy Sunday morning we have this from Becky in Hertfordshire, which arrived in the world of facebook late last night. We like Becky a lot; she’s got the measure of DLikeT.
This morning, our facebook page (facebook.com/DressLikeTess) was enhanced by this beauty, dressed by an ever-so-nearly-seven-year-old who also happens to be a good friend of DLikeT. (In fact, we’ll let you into a secret: Mr Dress Like Tess is a bit tender this morning because he went out on the razz with nearly-seven-year-old’s dad last night.)
We love the shiny belt.
So don’t feel you’ve missed out if you’re elsewhere on a Saturday night. Play whenever the mood takes you. We’ll be here. We don’t get out much.
So… friend-of-Dress Like Tess Becca in South London has a new approach: Playmobil. And we approve. Here’s Tess, and also Claudia’s pink number from last night.
Becca and her nearly-10-year-old daughter might have started a trend… And as if to back this up, Gregg Wallace was actually dancing like a Playmobil.
Good evening Dress Like Tess-ers
I have just received a single-word message saying simply “Backshall”.
But enough… Let’s talk about Tess’s fab red skirt! DLikeT co-editor Amanda in Hertfordshire sent us this in super-quick time
She’s very good, isn’t she? And I’ve always liked those bookshelves.
Meanwhile, “Tess” and “Claudia” were practising their gymnastics before the show…
So… where were we? Tess’s marvellous red skirt and Claudia’s black glittery number. Claudia first, which was of course a pair of tights, following which we broke every house rule and brought fabric glue AND GLITTER into the front room to make the top. Mr DLikeT has gone to the pub so we decided we might as well.
And here she is with Claudia off the telly
Meanwhile, we all had a go at a Tess. Here’s nearly-seven-year-old’s… great vest
We all used some old leggings for our skirts, and I used leggings up top too, while firstborn has used tights and a bit of leather stuff that fell off the washing basket.
Here’s my Tess:
Hooray for red skirts… More colours please, Tess. We all have so much more fun.
Anyone else playing? Visit http://www.facebook.com/dressliketess or email me at email@example.com
So thankfully it wasn’t just us playing Dress Like Tess last night. Over on the facebook page (www.facebook.com/dressliketess), these beauties appeared.
First, here’s the work of DLikeT co-editor Amanda from Hertfordshire. You remember Amanda from last season: she’s a social historian, mum of two and hosts the best Strictly Party this side of the M1. Amanda plainly was not caning the Asda-own-brand-smells-like-prosecco and created a rather fab Tess:
And as if that wasn’t delicious enough, here’s Claude!
Meanwhile, in Norwich, designer Sally gave us this:
Isn’t that brilliant. Sally tells us she made this from knickers. Gotta love the resourcefulness of Dress Like Tess-ers.
Tonight I have been promised a mannequin Tess from my mate the ACTUAL FASHION STYLIST…
See y’all at 7pm. BBC1.
Good grief that was a quick hour.
I was half-hoping for a whippet dressed as Tess but honestly it’s show one, night one and my Tess was rubbish… Shall we reconvene tomorrow?
rushing rushing rushing… Mr Dress Like Tess has given us a Claudia and… and… I have Tess, leggings and some tights. Why am I racing along with this? I should be revelling in dressing Tess, not dancing like Judy Murray…
Tess is wearing a trouser suit with sort-of lacy panels. I have old tights and leggings and honestly this is all flipping sellotape. Not my greatest Tess… but I don’t care because there’s surely some better Tesses out there… are there? Are there?
“Who’d you want?” I asked Mr Dress Like Tess. “Tess or Claudia?”
“Claudia,” he says, without blinking, grabbing the pink tissue paper.
I’ve barely cut Tess’s trousers from her opening-night dress when he comes up with this:
So… we begin. WHO’S PLAYING?
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to our facebook page (facebook.com/dressliketess) and let’s play!!