Christmas

Let’s start by saying that I hope everyone has had a very merry Christmas and that Santa brought some lovely sewing goodies to my fellow crafty bloggers.

The time off from work has allowed me to get some long overdue sewing started and I didn’t want to waist another moment without sharing it ….

tartan dress at christmas

For this dress I used a vintage pattern from, I think, 1972. Simplicity 5347.

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I have had it in my pattern stash for a while but never got around to testing it until now. I didn’t even realise until I opened up the instructions to take a look that it is all written in a foreign language, so I had to go off the pictures alone and hope for the best. It was simple enough, although I chose to leave out the facings and just bind the edges of the bodice instead (lazy).

Shall I let you in on a little secret, I actually took these photographs yesterday, just before I took DOWN my Christmas decorations!

Ooops!

This is the first thing I have sewn in almost… 2 months I believe. Life and work have just been so crazy that I haven’t had chance to get near my sewing machine, so the minute school broke up for the Christmas holidays I started on this dress with the intention of wearing it on Christmas day. The only problem was I had just a couple of days until Christmas with a lot of family to visit, presents to buy and lots of cakes to make so, I didn’t actually get chance to finish this until Boxing Day!

Never mind, I think it is still a wearable dress even outside of the Christmas period. What do you think?

tartan dress christmas tree

In this picture you can just about see that the red stripes around the waist turn into straps that tie in a bow at the back. Just enough of a block colour to break up the tartan. I showed my mum this dress mid-construction. It was on my mannequin and the first thing she said was, ‘oh my that is a lot of tartan!’

I was worried it was going to be a bit in your face, too much tartan perhaps… but now that it is complete and I can try it on I am pleased with how it has turned out. Yes it is a tad on the loud side, but in this dreary, dismal weather a bit of colour is very welcome!

And how funny that I chose to call my post ‘never too much tartan’ when the majority of posts that have come before this one on We Sew Retro have all featured tartan. It just proves more than ever that you can NEVER have too much tartan!

I enjoyed sewing with this particular tartan so much that if you check out my blog you will see that I have featured it before.

Infact the combination of tartan and block red is identical to that of…..

christmas apron by made with hugs and kisses

My Traditional Christmas Apron!

I bought the fabric with the apron in mind but purchased waaaay too much of it. The only option was, of course, to make a dress. Don’t worry, I wont wear the dress and the apron at the same time… now that would look like I had an obsession with tartan!

I had a lot of fun working with these fabrics for my apron, which I think shows in the pictures. I wanted fabric that shouted CHRISTMAS, but at the same time had a classy, vintage feel to it. Tartan ticks all of those boxes I think. You can get the FREE PDF pattern for my apron via my blog.

Well that is all for me for now, in fact, looking at the date it is likely to be all from me until the new year!

Happy sewing everyone

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This dress is not based on an actual vintage pattern but I still had a very “vintage” look in mind. After I recently found out how much I enjoy to more consciously “design” my sewing projects I decided to approach my next project in a different way, more or less without a fixed pattern and with lots of time to come up with my own ideas. In the last weeks I sewed my christmas dress with these principles in mind – and it was so much fun! I had bought the lilac wool last spring and combined it with different ribbons and pieces of lace. The skirt is based on my usual beloved dirndl “pattern” but I added a horizontal pleated part. Back and front are decorated with the same ribbons but in a different manner. For the cape I used Sew Vera Venus wonderful free mini cape pattern. I used a light iron-on interfacing and added lace to the collar and the seams. Both the skirt and the cape are lined with a cream colored fabric, I usually skip this part but it feels quite luxurious. The cape’s buttons are closed with a simple frog fastening (is this the correct term? I am referring to this kind of closure.), I made it with a piece of ribbon from the skirts back. I finally made a headband from a leftover wool  scrap and adorned it with another piece of ribbon. As a result I will look like a vintage Lolita/Alice on christmas eve – not the worst thing that could have happened I guess? Anyway – I wish you a very happy christmas and am curious to see more christmas dresses appearing here in the next two weeks (-:

You can find a few more pictures are on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets.

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I hope all of you in the States had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend! I did! Now, I’m not too excited about Christmas stuff out and about around Halloween, but I do start to get in the mood around Thanksgiving and I did rock a Christmas vibe this year for turkey day!

I used Butterick 8078 to make up this pattern. I found this great 50s looking Christmas quilting fabric at JoAnn Fabrics last year so I snapped some up. (And I think I may have spied it there this year too!)

The pattern.

 

The white top felt a bit blah so I added a bit of red embroidery to spice it up. And I used a thrifted vintage belt kit to make the matching belt.

And what full skirted 50s dress would be complete without a crinoline? (Which is also me-made!) Want to see more of this dress? It’s on my blog too!

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Hi Everyone!  I have been a lurker on here for a while and this is my first post. :)

 

I fell in love with this barbie as soon as she was released and decided to make myself a Christmas dress inspired by her.

Yuletide Yummies 2012 Barbie

I used Butterick 5556, a retro pattern from 1955, and altered the neckline.  My Christmas dress is made of emerald green taffeta with red lace edging and red and green plaid taffeta sash.  I also put a back zipper in instead of the side zipper as the pattern called for.

My 1950s Christmas Dress

Figuring that I would be dry cleaning this dress anyway, I opted to sew a petticoat on to the lining.  I used red netting with a red lace ruffled edging over pongee lining.

I also added red lace on the cuffs like the Barbie inspiration.

I finished this dress last week and wasn’t having very much luck finding some red and green plaid, so my mother-in-law gave me this plaid taffeta that she had.  It wasn’t quite enough fabric to make a bow like I would have liked, so I may change the sash if I can find some fabric that will work for me.  I am wearing this dress for our family Christmas photo and am hoping to find some by then, but just in case I don’t, at least I have this sash.

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