Christmas Dress (Gone Casual)
Posted in Projects on Monday the 17th December 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most wonderful dress of the year! Cause who doesn’t love to look good, especially with Christmas?! Although my family does not necessarily like to dress super fancy for the holidays, I always like to use this occasion to wear something nice and special. That means dresses!
I was a little nervous though to be sewing a dress again. Not because they’re hard to make, mostly they are not. But in the last couple of years I have not worn much dresses, especially not the fitted ones. So I was nervous if the fit would be right and flattering on this one!
Still I started with high hopes and super duper nice materials! First, and most important of all, the fabric: this gorgeous Sweater Knit Fabric by Atelier Brunette. It is some greyish navy shade with small golden stripes. (Handy to know: it stretches in the length instead of the width.) I’ve had my eyes on it forever, and now finally found the perfect project for it! The fabric is super soft due to the brushed back, and also warm, which is nice for these cold days.
This fabric I cut using New Look Pattern 6428. It’s an easy pattern to only use with knits. I made view D in size 14, but from the waist down I let out the side seams approximately 4 cm to add a little more ease around my belly.
In the details a little extra glamour was added. In the center back seam I installed this shiny visible Metal Zipper that perfectly matches the fabric. The pattern actually prescribed using a 55cm (22”) invisible zipper, but because of the amount of stretch in this fabric I figured I wouldn’t need that one. Turns out I was right about that, so now I have a cool and shiny detail on the back of my dress! Additionally, the neckline and hems were topstitched using golden thread. I really love this detail, because it makes it look so much more festive!
So the result is a super lovely dress! It’s warm and comfy while I still look fancy! On top of that it definitely was a quick and easy sew, so good for last minute sewists like me.
The only disadvantage about holiday sewing to me is that the garments are often worn just once or a few times. To prevent that from happening I already tried to come up with a way to casually combine this dress. I took a dive into my closet and found this ochre knitted cardigan. I paired it all with another pair of shoes and there I had my casual outfit starring this dress! Now I never want to take it off again, haha.
All in all, I love how this dress looks on me, the fit is much better than I hoped for. So now I’m thinking of sewing more dresses again.
Have a very merry Christmas! And happy holidays to all!
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