Hot! Holiday Dresses: The Fabrics


While I don't need an excuse to wear a festive dress, the holidays make it easier to go one step further and embrace the world of novelty prints. Various parties and Christmas itself call for these three fabrics which I acquired at three separate sources: Etsy, eBay and at my local reuse/recycle supply store. In total, the three fabrics cost $37. 

I haven't picked the exact pattern for each of the fabrics yet. However, I do have a good idea how each will be use. The poinsettia fabric is a border print fabric that had been sewn into a table cloth. There's enough yardage there to make a nice and full-skirted 1950s era dress. The purple and white floral fabric is a brocade and will most likely be used for my fanciest dress — a 1960s cocktail wiggle dress.

And finally, the novelty Santa/Snowman print. I bought this one on Etsy based on the cuteness of the design and not the practicality. I figured that if I didn't end up making a dress, I certainly could make something for Penelope or for the house. I do want to try to figure out how to make it work for me, though. I have 2 3/4 yards so I'm think a full skirt to wear with a fuzzy 1950s-style sweater. Or maybe a 1940s style dress?

What do you all think I should do with that one?


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. The blue fabric seems a little busy to make into a full dress. I would use to as lining/trim on something cute & brown. Maybe a dress/jacket combo like you did of Simplicity 1566 & 4564 (Your ‘Nom Nom Nom Dress & Putting Green Jacket’)

  2. I would love to see a full skirt maybe with rick rack trim on the hem to make it scalloped. From underneath, so only half the rick rack shows. I am excited to see Christmas fabric outfits! I’m obsessing about a poinsettia skirt too!

  3. Normally I would say you should make an apron with such a novel novelty print, but I am really liking the idea of a full skirt with a fuzzy 50’s sweater, or twin set.

  4. I don’t know about the blue fabric but I LOVE the poinsettia fabric. Perfect for a skirt!

  5. I love the snowman print. It’s sooo cute! I think a skirt defintiely is a save option, but I guess it’s even cuter as a 50es dress. You may still wear a sweater over it if you like!

  6. Matching blouses for you and Penelope?? I am loving the brocade. It’s really beautiful.

  7. wow! it hadn’t occurred to me to make a Christmas dress! I have to cook two Christmas dinners this year and a themed outfit would be amazing!I love the snowman fabric, it’s obviously christmassy but isnt as garish as a lot of holiday prints. It would look great as a slim shirtdress with a red cardigan over it.

  8. Hey, Mena! It was really a pleasure meeting you last night. Your work is so very impressive! I’m in awe :D I’m looking forward to reading your posts in the future :)
    xoxo Sophi