Good morning! It was, of course, essential that I make a Christmas dress for K, and for the occasion, I pulled out a fabric that I’ve been saving for a long time. It’s a metallic aqua linen, and I knew it would be perfect as a festive frock.
The metallic coating stiffens the fabric,which gives it a taffeta-like texture, and I found that I could finger-press pintucks quite effectively. This was helpful because ironing required a press cloth, and sometimes I would forget and my iron would get sticky with metallic residue. On a side note, I use this as a press cloth, and I really love it. I got the fabric from here many moons ago, and sadly, they no longer carry it.
The pattern is from this great book, but I made some slight changes. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you might recognize this dress pattern as the same one my lovely friend Cherie used for the clothing swap. I want to start by saying that Cherie is a sewing genius because man, I could not get those pintucks even (though we all know this is an ongoing issue for me), and things in general got askew. I had Cherie’s dress in front of me as a reference and I kept marveling at her precise stitches. Mine, not so much.
Anyway, the changes. I wanted to use beads instead of the tabs at the end of the ribbon ties, so I opted for a thinner ribbon. I like how it ups the fancy factor with the beads. I also lengthened the skirt a smidge and I hand-stitched the armhole bindings because I tend to have better control that way. I tried to get K to push her hair back out of the way for a better visual of the dress, but, she was married to the idea of keeping her hair solidly covering the front of the dress.
It’s very…sparkly. K is gaga over it, I’m happy to report, though if I happen to catch a glimpse of the dress out of the corner of my eye, it looks like a mermaid costume. As far as party dresses for little girls go, it has just the right amount of glitz and glam and I declare it a winner. The pockets are my favorite part. Now, let’s see if I can magic some Christmas Eve pajamas within 24 hours…