Not nearly as fun as my Star Wars dress, but still, another Christmas dress! There are threads of sparkle in the plaid which makes it more festive too :)
I've been working on this one for ages, as usually happens with vintage patterns. I'm glad I started early. After copying, redrafting (it was a few sizes too small), and muslining the bodice, I cut it out. Slowly. It is a stupid plaid after all. After all that, I realised I didn't have enough fabric for the skirt :( I don't know where my mind was at. So, I had to come up with something else. I wanted to bring some of the black that I had planned on the top of the dress to the bottom, but it had to somehow be on a pencil skirt since I didn't have enough fabric for anything else. Pockets! I took a pattern that had pockets I wanted, also vintage therefore needing to be not only redrafted, but put on an entirely different type of skirt. It all works out in the end. Sort of. It seems to me like the balance is off a bit. But whatever. Fun pockets and now I have that first pattern all redrafted and ready to actually be used in it's entirety on a dress at a later date. Spring dress would be fun.
And I actually got a chance to wear it while having boxing day dinner with my aunt. Since breaking the tradition of seeing The Nutcracker over Christmas (Fort Worth was so much easier to get to than Boston. Plus, winter.) I haven't had many chances to wear my Christmas dresses. Really, that white shantung and red velvet long gown deserves to be worn again. I could pull it off SO MUCH better now. Hairstyle and some makeup would make a big difference, lol. God, my hair was horrendous! I spent a large portion of my life with really terrible hair if sewing pictures are anything to go by. Maybe I still do. Still, somebody invite me to a gala, I could do it.
I'm going to try and post more this year. I get out of the habit, that's for sure! I have a bunch of dresses I haven't posted or taken pictures of. Plus, I'm scanning all my vintage pattern magazines, so maybe I'll share some of those designs :)