Merry Christmas, my friends!!
It’s been a busy several days and I apologize that I’ve been remiss in replying to comments on my last couple of posts, I promise I’ll get a chance to do that soon now that the holidays are cooling down! 🙂
I’m having a lovely Christmas day at home, following a Christmas Eve celebrated with good friends and lots of good cheer.
When we were in Portland in August, I fell in absolute love with a particular fabric at Bolt. It was a lovely flannel from Cotton + Steel, in an adorable print of snow globes designed by Alexia Abegg. I remember saying to Mel, “I should make myself some Christmas pajamas with this!”
Several months later, instead, I made a vintage dress. Even better!
I got possessed to do this project at the last minute even though I’d been thinking about it for a few weeks, and I’m so glad it came together this week. It being Christmas and us having White Christmas and the Doctor Who Christmas special to watch, you’re going to get kind of the skinny version of the story of this dress, sort of Tasha Lite, if you will. 😉
I knew I wanted a full circle skirt, and a fitted bodice, but what bodice? In the end, I merged three patterns together: the circle skirt from the repro Butterick B5748, with my (always changing slightly) bodice “block” from the Emery dress, and the kimono sleeves from the vintage Butterick 6223 pattern. (I actually sewed that up as two blouses this fall which I haven’t blogged about yet!)
So I’m actually going to count this as another #vintagepledge “encore”!
I’m pretty thrilled with the result, I have to say! The flannel is excellent quality, much less fuzzy than most flannels… even the Robert Kaufman flannel I used in January for my Joan C skirt, which I liked a lot too, but this is even better. For some reason the bodice ended up a bit looser than I expected, which I’m mostly attributing to the flannel since I literally just sewed a dress recently with this bodice block, but minus the kimono sleeves, which actually does make the side seams a little roomier. Regardless, it’s definitely not too too big, and I can fit in extra Christmas treats.
I’m quite happy with how the cut-on sleeves came out. They’re elbow length because the front and back pieces can fit only exactly that much sleeve on 45″ fabric, when cut on grain.
And if sewing up a dress for Christmas day this week wasn’t quite enough, I decided to adorn the bodice with some randomly placed silver sequins, just for fun. I love that extra little sparkly touch!
I’m in love with my cozy flannel Christmas dress and I kind of hope Cotton + Steel carry on the tradition of holiday themed prints in flannel, as I may have to make this a new tradition! It’s like secret PJs in dress form!
We’re having a wonderful day at our house. Wishing you a healthy, happy and joyful holiday season and if we don’t meet again beforehand, a fabulous New Year! Thank you for your love and support on my little blog. 🙂
Merry Christmas, my friends!
xx Tasha (and Mel & Pia!)