Hot! Holiday Party Dress & Fascinator

Holiday Party Dress

An update to last week’s weekly creation: From Friday night, here I am in the holiday party dress. Overall, I think the dress was a hit. Despite copious amounts of drink and food, all seams stayed intact and, more importantly, it certainly gave me an opportunity to talk about sewing with other party goers. So many folks, it seems, want to sew more. I definitely encouraged them to give it a try (especially the women who already have sewing machines) and just see what they can do.

See the fascinator in my hair? In the spirit of the feed sacks of the 30s and 40s I partially made it from something that food comes in.

Any guesses?


The netting is from the red mesh bag that clementines / Cuties / tangerines (whatever they’re called) come in. I first got the idea from this gal and decided to make it with some variations. The leaves were sewn directly onto red corduroy and then stitched together on a piece of felt with a clip. If anyone is interested I can write up a more detailed tutorial

I’d love to figure out more ways to upcycle items that we consume daily. Any suggestions?

And I’m sure a number of you have a Cutie bag at home — anyone up to making your own fascinator?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Fantastic, seriously fantastic. You can call it the Darling Clementine fascinator. The word always reminds me of elderly Aunt Ella from “Oklahoma!” on hearing about an upcoming shindig: “I’ll wear my fascinator!”
    The dress is charming too!

  2. I love your dress, I’m very fond of v-necks, they suit the neckline very much.
    I made one fascinator but not using any netting, just feathers and beads (and a glue gun, it was sooo fun and quick! ^^). You had a great idea using the clementine mesh bag.

  3. That is a beautiful dress, you look gorgeous. I love this blog, it’s so inspiring.
    I sew, but haven’t done many clothes for myself (mostly stuff for our home). Every time I try to make clothing, the fit is just awful. Everything you make seems to fit so well, and is very flattering. I’d love to hear more about how you learned to make your clothes FIT so well.

  4. Have you seen the second episode of this season’s Project Runway yet?

  5. That dress looks so fab! This whole blog makes me wish I knew how to sew.

  6. Wait until you see this week’s dress. Talk about a potato sack. :)

  7. I use a dress form and try the clothes on A LOT while constructing them. Most dresses I make will be adjusted during this process. The dress form, though has been key in improving my skills.

  8. This is an absolutely stunning dress. I love the fabric with the lovely red accent. Fabulous job! I can’t wait to see next weeks.

  9. Out of curiosity, what kind of dress form do you use? If it’s an adjustable one, do you find you still get a good fit? If it’s a body clone, how do you account for ease?

  10. I use an adjustable dress form, primarily for the overall fit. I still try it on my body to make any final adjustments.

  11. Oh my this is JUST SO lovely – I would love love love a tutorial!

  12. Yes, a tutorial please! I would love to have one of those :)

  13. I agree! Please post a tutorial for the fascinator!

  14. Wow! You look beautiful and I love the fascinator – another project I am desperate to have a go at so yes, a more detailed tutorial would be much appreciated – it looks amazing.

  15. I make fascinators and sell them at craft shows and esty. I love making fun hair things!