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!


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!


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.


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.


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

About Old2New Heirlooms

An avid sewer ever since childhood, I have sewn countless garments, pillowcases, quilts, and more for family and friends. My passion is Heirloom sewing (also known as French sewing) but all projects are fun!

One response to “Holiday Dress”

  1. Dedie says :

    The dress is simply beautiful. Any girl would be lucky to have this to wear during the holidays.


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