The “A Very Special Christmas” Dress
Fabric: Vintage Christmas tablecloth from eBay – $22.25
Pattern: Simplicity 4474
Notions: Vintage zipper – $.05
Year: c. early 1960s
Time to complete: About 9 hours
First worn: December 2010
Wear again? Definitely for holiday parties
Total Cost – $22.30
As expected from this post, the poinsettia fabric formerly known as a tablecloth was used for a full-skirted cocktail dress and was successfully worn to our company’s holiday party last night.
The theme of the holiday party was ugly sweaters and tacky ties. Because I knew I would not wear either article of clothing, I decided to play on the spirit of those things and dress to my personal theme of “overly-zealous holiday dress.”
The dress was constructed from Simplicity 4474, a very straight forward dress that was the perfect silhouette. Even after splitting the fabric down the middle, I didn’t have enough fabric — I was at least 3/4 yards short. Thankfully, full skirts can be forgiving and the fabric shortage was a non-issue.
The most complicated part of construction was the bodice. I actually draped the fabric on my dress form three different ways in an effort to pick the very best placement of the design. This, by far, was my favorite version. I loved how the design on the bodice gives the illusion of a princess neckline — that detail makes the dress a bit more formal.
And, since it’s a special dress and all, I took the effort to line the bodice with fabric from a white table-cloth I had. All in all, this dress has spent many a night on a dining room table.
This dress was a delight to wear! Now onto my next dress for the next holiday event.