My Christmas Dress!
Despite my love of novelty print fabrics, my December 2016 project for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network represents my first ever Christmas-themed dress. I loved the red fabric print with black and white reindeer, some stripy, some spotty, some floral and some plain – it seemed Christmassy but not too babyish. Better still, it was 60” wide so I only needed 2m to make pretty much any dress I wanted.
The week before making this, I rediscovered a dress I made with Simplicity Amazing Fit 1606. I put it on and instantly loved the style and the fit. Recently I’ve been sewing and wearing more practical clothing: straighter skirts, layers, plainer colours, less shaping etc (pinafore dresses especially), and putting on this fit and flare dress made me feel like I was going to back to an older version of me that had got pushed to the background somehow. This style of dress is what I think of as being my ‘signature style’ – colourful novelty print with fitted bodices and swishy skirts. It felt good, and I wanted more!
If you want to read a bit more about the making of the dress, or see more pictures, there’s a fuller account over on the Minerva blog here. I accessorised the dress with a plain black sash belt, and this amazing reindeer ring! I hope you all had a good holiday period, and that despite the difficulties facing the world in 2017, you can find some happiness, somewhere!