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Christmas Dress, 2010

Added Jun 26, 2011

by corduroycoat

Portland, Oregon...






I made this little number for Christmas Eve 2010, and I’m just posting it! I’m now 22 weeks pregnant so can no longer wear it, and there don’t seem to be many good picture of me from that evening. But I am totally smitten with this little frock, so I didn’t want to wait until I can zip it up to post it! So you’ll see it on my lovely dress form, which clashes rather horribly with the color of the dress. ;-)

I used Kwik Sew 3521. The pattern picture looks dreary at best, but this is really a good pattern for a classic little dress. This dress is my fourth from this pattern, though it’s the only one made by me. This pattern is the perfect simple shape for my body type, allowing for lots of freedom in the fabric and embellishment departments.

I had been ogling lace dresses for a while, and had my heart set on one for the holidays. I chose a mauve and black floral lace for the overlay, and used a lovely taupe silk dupioni for the underlayer. I expected the lace to be difficult but it was actually very easy to work with. Although that would probably change with a more difficult pattern. I used french seams throughout, except for the gathered waistline where I serged instead. I hand picked the zipper, which on a lace dress is completely invisible. I didn’t hem the lace, but instead trimmed around the pattern. I just used a little black satin from my stash for a sash. I decided to go for a short one, I think the little tails are so cute, and a bit more modern then a big bow or long tails in the back.

Material Notes

lightweight silk dupioni and a poly lace. Silk thread.




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage

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    Apr 19, 2013, 02.49 AMby zmatika

    Hi, I really love this dress and would love to learn more about the fabric you used and where you purchased it. Being a lot less creative than you i may have to make something similar to yours for me :) Thank you very much! I really appreciate your response.

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    Feb 18, 2013, 11.36 AMby barbaraagatha

    Somewhere, Zooey Deschanel is mortally envious.

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    Jun 30, 2011, 05.16 PMby GeorgieT74

    Very nice; beautiful work.

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    Jun 28, 2011, 02.21 PMby gabcorb

    That’s beautiful – and I wish I’d seen it before I made my own lace dress recently! I would have been asking for tips for sure…

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      Jul 10, 2011, 05.45 PMby corduroycoat

      Your dress turned out beautifully, I don’t think you needed any tips!

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    Jun 26, 2011, 02.00 PMby peppit

    Love it! What a right choice of lace for this pattern.Once again this proves that even the simplest of patterns can make the most stylish outfits, with the right combinations been made.

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      Jun 26, 2011, 02.14 PMby corduroycoat

      I agree! I’m happy to have found a simple pattern with lots of potential that works well for my body type. Thank you!

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    Jun 26, 2011, 11.26 AMby brisehuus

    Very beautiful!

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    Jun 26, 2011, 11.12 AMby mollykatherine

    So So pretty and girly!

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