Archive | December 2015

Holiday Dress

Typically, as part of my decision process prior to creating a garment, I consider the initial function of the garment, colors that fit the occasion, long-term use of the garment, and any embellishments.

For this holiday dress, the fabric came first! I sometimes wander around my favorite fabric stores, looking for inspiration. Recently I found an elegant print of cream and red (almost burgundy) with a gold highlight. Isn’t it great!

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elegant cream and red print

I immediately fell in love with it and started visualizing the garment style that would fit. Sometimes I flip through the pattern books for that “spark”, other times I know right away what I want to make.

With this fabric I knew immediately that a simple but *flirty* dress with a large sash and bow would be fantastic. This decision necessitated a hunt for the coordinating accent fabric and this is Christmas print was a perfect match!

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elegant cream and red print

The ‘old-word elegance’ of the print also dictated an eyelet trim for the ruffles. Additional ruffles could be added to increase the length, if necessary.

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eyelet ruffle

As I wanted the sash and ruffles to be the focal point, I kept the neckline clean and added a gathered feature to the sleeves for an additional accent.

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Holiday Dress

Although the sash has a definite holiday pattern, the dress could be worn on many different occasions quite easily. This dress is currently available in size 5; other sizes can be made for those family photos!

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:23