Making Stuff: An Unconventional Holiday Dress {vintage pattern sewing}

by This is Carrie on March 14, 2013

I wanted her to have something new to wear when she sang her first duet in church the Sunday before Christmas. I also wanted her to be able to wear that something after the holidays.

A quick look through the stash and a piece of vintage fabric (snatched up at an epic estate sale years ago) called out to me, telling me what kind of dress it’d like to become. A small piece of pink brocade randomly purchased at Walmart seemed an unlikely pairing, but I felt like it worked.

The a-line dress and peter pan collar pattern drafting went quickly, but I’m sure glad I found the perfect sleeve while sifting through my collection of thrifted and vintage patterns.

I almost ditched the button cuffs for lack of time, but I’m glad I stayed up that extra hour to get them finished.

From there, it was all in the details.  Sock bun? Check. Bright tights? Check.

It may not scream Christmas holiday, but it did scream confidence which is exactly what she needed to sing her duet in church.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren March 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

That is the cutest dress I have seen!!!! Great job =)


Paula March 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’m glad I am not the only one that fabrics talk to. I like to walk into my favorite store and talk to all them them, asking them if they’d like to come home with me and what they want to become. So, I”m glad I’m not crazy 😉


Asia April 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Lovely fabric and the button cuffs make the dress!!!!


embroidery patches May 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

That’s so creative… almost 70’s looking! I love to be different too. Nice design!


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