Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Dress-Wowzer Wed

When I was a child my mother ALWAYS made my Christmas dress to match my sister's. Usually different colors but the same pattern. It is a family tradition that I have carried on with my daughter.

I just love reusing things that others have forgotten about of left behind. Last summer I was going through my MIL's scraps and came across this wonderful black tulle with red polka dots. As it was in the scrap pile there wasn't a lot of it but I knew I wanted to use it for something. So I thought about it for awhile (like 4 months) before I decided to use it as a lining for my daughter's Christmas dress. I wanted something Christmasy but classic, and versitile enough that she can wear it past Christmas. I wanted something full and fluffy, a special dress for special occasions. I bought some of my favorite eyelet from, fancy eyelet in black. This eyelet is so beautiful with a great design and just the right amount of shimmer. Here is the end result:
I started with the bodice creating a pattern from a t-shirt. Then I added a ruffle neckline from the salvage end of the eyelet. I lined the bodice with basic black cotton and used a button closure in the back. Then I took 2 yards of the eyelet to make the skirt portion (10 inches long). I gathered at the top to attach it to the bodice. Then I gathered the tulle and another hemmed rectangle the same length for under the tulle. I sewed all the layers together and attached the layers to the bodice. I finished it off with sleeves, two buttons down the front, and a red taffeta sash.

I am so happy with how it turned out. Exactly how I pictured it.
My son will be wearing a match black and red tie with a white collared shirt and argyle sweater. I just love dressing up for the season.


Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

How beautiful! I really like this dress. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!


Blissful & Domestic said...

Beautiful! I love the fabric of the dress. So pretty! I'd love for you to link up to my Feature Friday Linky Party

Mom Daughter Style said...

you're so talented. very nice dress

Linda said...

Now, that's a truly beautiful idea!
Happy, happy Christmas,
Lind at Beautiful Ideas

Stephanie said...

It adds just the right touch! said...

totally darling!