>The Christmas Dress- Finished!

>Horray! I finished!  I posted a while back about wanting to make a Christmas dress, and although I didn’t use the pattern I originally wanted to, I’m super happy with the results.
I used Simplicity 3363, which is actually up on my Etsy store right now.

I chose this pattern because I liked the sleek line, but I also liked how easy it looked to match the plaid- a few center seams isn’t too hard to do- a lot easier than a shirtwaist style- and I liked the longer sleeves for winter wear.  I didn’t realize how many fiddly little details it had, though, and of course I made it even more complicated by wanting covered buttons and a belt! My husband was a sweetheart- he likes doing fiddly little crafting things like that- so one night he sat with me and covered the buttons and belt buckle while I hand sewed the belt.
This fastens not on the side seam of the skirt since those are placed more towards the back, but through a dart that you face that matches with the side seam on the bodice- something I personally had never done before, but it came out really pretty! Of course, after doing all that I wasn’t going to slap a zipper in by machine so both the side and back zipper I sewed in by hand and I got to raid the old metal zipper stash where I luckily had two around the right length.  I had fun putting in a buttonhole bound with piping.  I love the way bound buttonholes look and this was my first attempt at a piped one.  Fun!
So here she is! All finished and ready for tomorrow.  I kind of made up a combination of the two views on the pattern, but I thought the buttons were just so much fun on a tailored dress that I didn’t want to tie myself down to “view a” or “view b”.  I love this picture because it shows our California citrus in the winter!

 

I’m not sure if I’m going to be posting tomorrow, so have a very Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family!

15 Comments on >The Christmas Dress- Finished!

  1. Charlotte
    December 24, 2009 at 8:52 pm (7 years ago)

    >Oh my, that is so adorable! How fabulous! =)

  2. Kate
    December 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm (7 years ago)

    >Oh, I adore this. So perfect! I love the buttons, especially.

  3. Adalee
    December 24, 2009 at 10:14 pm (7 years ago)

    >You are going to look fantastic tomorrow! Merry Christmas! :)

  4. BaronessVonVintage
    December 24, 2009 at 11:12 pm (7 years ago)

    >Just gorgeous…I'm sure you'll look stunning in it!

  5. Sarah
    December 25, 2009 at 5:40 am (7 years ago)

    >That turned out absolutely gorgeous! Oh how I wish I could sew like that!

  6. AlohaAroha
    December 25, 2009 at 7:14 am (7 years ago)

    >That is seriously adorable! I love all the details – good choice of A+B!

  7. newvintage
    December 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm (7 years ago)

    >OMG! That is fabulous!!

  8. Ceece
    December 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm (7 years ago)

    >wow, I gasped out loud when I saw this dress. just freaking beautiful.

  9. stephanie
    December 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm (7 years ago)

    >Very sweet! And you got finished in time! Congratulations

  10. Lauren
    December 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm (7 years ago)

    >Adorable!!! I love the fabric. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  11. casey
    December 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm (7 years ago)

    >I adore how this dress turned out, Lauren! The plaid is so fun. Bravo for finishing a snazzy frock just in time for Christmas too… ;) ♥ Caseyblog | elegantmusings.com

  12. Mary-Laure
    December 28, 2009 at 5:47 pm (7 years ago)

    >WOW, I am quite impressed by your craftsmanship and those details – love the buttons!

  13. Sirens Sexy
    December 29, 2009 at 4:44 am (7 years ago)

    >The dress is stunning!

  14. Miss Jess
    January 2, 2010 at 6:03 am (7 years ago)

    >Beautiful! I love the plaid, and the covered buttons are perfect. Great colors, and a great pattern choice :)

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