My Retro Christmas Party Dress!

Added Dec 24, 2011

by EdelweissPat...

Portland, Oregon...

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Description

Merry Christmas! This is one of my favorite dresses I’ve made so far! I more or less made it from a Butterick design (number 5556), and if you’ve seen the original sketch you’ll notice that I added the plackets and “v” shaped panel down the front of the dress. I also used a ribbon as a removable belt along with an antique looking buckle from Dill Buttons. The fabric was a red lame’ and black check, with velvet trim. So between the velvet that crushes easily and the lame’ that melts if it gets too close to an iron, I had an awfully tricky project on my hands! I ended up flat felling all the skirt seams, which served both to finish the raw edges and make the seams lay flat at the same time.

For better fitting in the bodice, I replaced the original darts with similarly sized tucks which are much more flattering for smaller people.

Once the dress was finished I was so excited to wear it! Between Christmas events and the photo shoot, it has already been put to a lot of use in the last several days.

I have so enjoyed wearing this dress, and if you would like to see more pictures you can visit the Edelweiss Patterns blog

Merry Christmas!

Katrina
www.edelweisspatterns.com

Material Notes

The fabric was a red lame’ and black check, with velvet trim. So between the velvet that crushes easily and the lame’ that melts if it gets too close to an iron, I had an awfully tricky project on my hands! I ended up flat felling all the skirt seams, which served both to finish the raw edges and make the seams lay flat at the same time.

Difficulty

Advanced

Categories

Season
Fall, Winter
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Material
Cotton, Lace/Sequins, Other

Credits

Edelweiss Patterns Blog

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  • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

    Dec 25, 2011, 11.52 AMby schnui

    Absolutely beautiful. The prettiest Christmas dress!!

  • Sam_0020_large

    Dec 25, 2011, 12.14 AMby wardrobe-cat

    Cute! Mixing things up keeps life interesting :) How did you finish the hem? I know circular (and weird fabric) are difficult to get looking just right, so am curious to know what you did. Just the sort of thing my teenage daughter would love to wear. Well done! Enjoy your holiday.

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    • Tiny_liesl_picture_large

      Dec 26, 2011, 06.37 AMby EdelweissPatterns

      For all of my circular skirt hems (which seem to show up on all my 1950s dresses), I finish the edge with a lettuce hem. Of course due to the nature of the lame’ that hemming method didn’t actually ruffle it this time, it just gave it a clean and narrow edge.

      Happy sewing!

    • Sam_0020_large

      Dec 27, 2011, 11.15 PMby wardrobe-cat

      Thankyou :) Very helpful. That’s one finish i don’t often use. Will keep it in mind. Keep looking fabulous

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