I'm happy to share a new dress I just finished for the holidays. Big confession though: I didn't make it because I was feeling super crafty, or wanted to get all handmade this year. It's because I'm a total cheapskate. I love fabulous, vintage style dresses on sites like ModCloth, but the prices are just crazy. No way am I going to pay around $100 for a whimsical Christmas dress, no matter how much I want it! My solution: Make my own on the cheap.
I snagged the ideal pattern, Simplicity 4070 (at a mere 99 cents on sale), a few yards of the adorable O Tinsel Tree Snowy Houses fabric (by Pink Light Design for Robert Kaufman) and a zipper, all for under $30. I used some leftover muslin for the lining.
I chose view A of the pattern, but used quilting cotton instead of the recommended silk/satins. And since I was using a directional print, it took a bit of careful layout planning to cut the bodice pieces so the houses would line up in the right rows, but I think it worked out just right.this technique (the video explains it all really well). I also made the belt separate from the dress so it's removable. I love the extra detail it adds:
And the pleats of the skirt portion give it such a nice shape in front and back:
This was one of those rare instances when the dress I envisioned really came to life in both style and fit. I am really looking forward to wearing it for Christmas and will definitely be using this pattern to make more cute dresses on the cheap. Take that Mod Cloth prices!
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