Sewing plans: My Christmas Day dress this year and last year.
Do you dress up on Christmas day? we do and I have done all my life. Its a family tradition I treasure, its not formal, just a little smarter than normal. I will add that as
the day fades into early evening and stomachs are filled to capacity, the inevitable trackie bottom will appear!
Last year I made and wore a handmade dress I sewed from a vintage pattern. It is one of my favourite hand sewn dresses I have ever made. Since then I have worn it out to dinner and sadly to a funeral.
A girl needs a dress like this, one of those dresses that can be relied upon to take you anywhere
Surprising then, that it has had hardly any mention on my blog? So I aiming to rectify that today…
Last year’s 2014 Christmas Day Dress:
This is really a size 14, never forget that vintage sizes come up much smaller! I cut it longer and smaller over the hips and its a great fit.
A thick but loose woven black and white in a wool/acrylic mix it frayed badly, but I coped!
Slightly ‘A’ line, long puffed sleeves with cuff, high round neckline, knee length (just above) and an optional tie belt
I fully lined it in a soft and drapey silver grey silky satin.
My Plans for a Christmas Day dress 2015:
The pattern: Joan dress from Sew over it perfect don’t you think?
The Fabric I bought this last year to make something for Winter that did not get made! its like a printed felted wool made from fibres, does that make sense? it is thick and soft with a slight drape.
The lining is from my stash, appropriately it is vintage. it came from a house sale last year. love the colour and I think it is spot on, don’t you?
I plan to start sewing this from about the 7th of December onward. I often find if I blog my sewing plans then they will get made. A bit like making a secret promise, except now everyone knows about it, so you simply must follow through!
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