Hot! The “A Very Special Christmas” Dress

Christmas-promo The Facts
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.



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. SOOOOO cute! I bet you were the hit of your party!

  2. What a fantastic idea! Beautiful dress. Great site. Thank you.

  3. A*Mazing!! You look great and what a cool reuse of a vintage tablecloth!

  4. So cute! And what a wonderful way to use a tablecloth.
    I’m inspired!


    I love it!!

  6. This one is one of my favorites! I love the cheery holidayness of it.

  7. I love this dress! I’ve been searching ebay and etsy for a dress like that (none in my price range)! I finally gave up and made a circle skirt out of Christmas plaid taffeta. I never thought of using a vintage table cloth- brilliant.

  8. Love, love, love, LOVE it.

  9. If this dress would have been made by curtains we could call you Miss Scarlet! LOL Love the tablecloth idea,this is too cute!

  10. This is spectacular. I’ve really enjoyed keeping up with your dresses, but this really is special. Wow. And it’s adorable on you. I LOVE IT! can you tell?

  11. Love love LOVE!! You did an awesome job :) Love that pattern too.

  12. I adore this! What did you decide to make with the other fabric of the three??

  13. That is cute. You always have the best ideas. I would have loved to of seen all the ugly sweaters and the tacky ties too. I am sure it was fun.

  14. This dress made me laugh out loud! It’s very funny, and at the same time it’s doing awesome things for your figure!

  15. Just ADORABLE!!! I love the way you draped the pattern gives the illusion of a rather festive corset!

  16. Wonderful! I have a pink scalloped vintage tablecloth that is waiting to become a dress. This is a great inspiration for that ;)

  17. Okay, I love this dress so much I had to blog about it and your wonderful site-

  18. I found this dress thanks to Steph @ Tart Deco. :-)
    This is such a great idea and it turned out sooo cute.

  19. By far the prettiest dress I have seen.

  20. I have been following your blog for a while but I don’t think I have ever commented — but I LOVE this particularly! I love how you used table cloths to make this dress. Thanks so much for sharing all your sewing adventures with us! You look stunning.

  21. That looks super cute! Well done!!

  22. Beautiful dress! You are glowing in it….

  23. Adorable! And you look lovely in it!

  24. It’s beautiful! The print is so crisp and clear and the bodice is just lovely! You look like you walked off a vintage Christmas card. It makes me quite ashamed of my Christmas dress!

  25. Love it! Way better than wearing an ugly Christmas sweater. You look fantastic and festive!

  26. That is just completely adorable! I love it!

  27. So freakin’ fantastic!!

  28. incredible!!!
    you look wonderful in your holiday dress :-)

  29. This is wonderful!! You look fantastic.
    I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered your blog. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

  30. Stunning! I really love the pattern placement, and it’s perfect for Christmas!

  31. “Overzealous” or not, I love it! Beautiful dress…And the pattern looks SO much better on you than it does the illustration. Very pretty!

  32. You did a fantastic job! The dress looks amazing!