Do you like to whip up a new outfit especially for the Festive Season? How nice it is on Christmas Day to slip into a new dress you’ve made yourself, ready to greet the visitors, drink in hand!
I don’t make a new outfit every year, and some years my choice has been thwarted by an unseasonably chilly Christmas Day. I’m thinking of making something this year, but the reality is I won’t get around to it until the week before Christmas. Meanwhile I’m interviewing some potential fabrics I have at home and deciding on a style; it has to be a dress.
Fabric 1. A blue marble print in pure polyester. The colour isn’t as vibrant as it appears in this photo. Thinking of making a bias cut dress with bateau neckline from the instructions in the book Bias Cut Blueprints, which I got for my birthday (I might review this book early next year).
Fabric 2. A very fresh looking floral tropical print. It’s a stretch woven. Thinking of a sleeveless dress with three rows of shirring at the front, however, I’m aware that floral dresses can look like nighties if one isn’t careful. This fabric might make a pretty skirt instead.
Fabric 3. A spotty knit bought at Spotlight ages ago, with great intentions to make a Diane Von Furstenburg-style wrap dress before I realised they don’t suit flat chests. Wondering whether a wrap dress with a gathered front might work?
Fabric 4. I also found this genuine 1960’s fabric, but I can’t think what I would make except for a genuine 1960’s style dress. It’s very synthetic, and a tiny bit see-through so it would need a lining.
Enjoy your Christmas sewing,
Update: I never made a dress in the end; Christmas Day ended up being 40 degrees and I found a little-worn sleeveless dress (made by me) in my wardrobe and wore that. However, on a whim I made a Christmas dress for each of my girls: