Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Outfit No. 1 - The Poinsettia Dress

I made this first dress out of some lovely stripy poinsettia patterned vintage fabric I purchased.  I found it on Etsy and there was 7m of it, so I have plenty left over.

Its a very VERY light cotton and its a bit on the sheer side, but it definitely makes a lovely light summer dress.  And we all know what happens when I get a striped fabric...

I go a little mad running stripes every which way and have lots of fun matching seam lines!  And even though I was trying to sew four dresses in one weekend I wasn't going to let this opportunity escape me!

I made the dress using the bodice from my tropical print dress pattern that I drafted, just without the shirred back panels, cause honestly I just didn't have time.  I also adjusted it a little so the fit was a bit better around the bust

So it fits like a glove now!  Instead of the gathered skirt that I used on the tropical print dress, I used the full circle skirt pattern that made Renee's cherry skirt.  I really love the way that the stripes on the skirt are horizontal on the front and back, where the bodice is in a chevron pattern, and vertical on the sides where the bodice is horizontal.  It just all worked out so well!!

I also boned the bodice (6 bones in all - two in front, two in the sides, and two in the back) so it would support itself.  I just HATE hitching things up all day.  And instead of hemming the skirt, I finished it with matching green bias tape - 5 metres of it to be exact!

To follow with the poinsettia theme, I stole two off my tree and, with a little bit of help from my hot glue gun, I turned them into matchy-matchy hair clips!  Oh - and the earrings!!!  They are a vintage find and are actually painted shells.  There is also a matching sweater clip, but its too warm to be wearing a sweater here today :)

Anyway, I hope you love my first Christmas Dress!  This one is very conservative compared to the others.  As I said to someone this morning, we will be accelerating into crazy territory by the end of the week!



  1. Your dressmaking skills are so enviable! I CAN'T WAIT to see the dress you made with the christmas fabric you purchased from my shop! Hopefully, you got to that one!

    1. Oh Erika - your fabric was (still is!) MY FAVOURITE!!! It made the dress that I will wear in Friday and Christmas Day. I CAN'T WAIT to show you!!!!!

    2. Yes! I'm really excited! It is one of my favorites that have come through my shop!

  2. So beautiful, Beccie!! I love that print. I'm still very new to sewing, so I don't think I could tackle stripe pattern any time soon. But I love watching others with hopes I'll be there someday.

    The Fictionista

    1. Thanks Sean! Stripy patterns are sooo much fun, you will love them when you get up the courage to give it a try :)