It is a tradition in my family that the girls all have a new dress to wear on Christmas Day. As time has progressed, my children are grown and my family is now spread all over Australia (and a few in UK) the tradition has changed a little.
A wonderful friend of mine includes me in her family celebration on Christmas Eve and this year I decided on something a little more special than usual.
I already had some divine white paper taffeta with black spots on it and an assortment of colored taffeta remnants that I had yet decided on their purpose – I had the fabric but was agonizing over a design!
After much discussion and debate with trusted critics I finally rested on the lovely Butterick Retro B5603, 1956.
A beautifully simple pattern to make, and I always love sewing with taffeta, everything went exactly to plan. Until my iron went on the fritz. It is amazing what you can do with a hair straightener.
And I found a giant flaw in the dots straight down the middle of the fabric, all 4 metres . . . Luckily they were printed dots and not woven. A combination of fabric paint and permanent marker averted that major catastrophe!!
I used pattern style A – on the envelope in yellow – and used the red as a contrast. You can’t see it on the pattern but the back has a deep v and unless I turn into a contortionist I don’t have one of the back yet!
I had a little extra time up my sleeve so I trimmed the hem in red satin bias. I think the result is rather festive. Nobody even noticed that half an hour before the party started my iron had died!!
Sparkly red shoes topped off the outfit.
A very Merry Retro Christmas to all, and Happy New Year!