Hot! The “Hoedown” Dress | Sarah Gabbart

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The Facts 
Fabric: 3.5 yards of bandana print fabric ( – $8.48 a yard)
Pattern: Lonsdale dress – Sewaholic Patterns
Year: c. 2011
Notions: vintage 16" zipper from stash
Time to complete: about 3 hours
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$30

Pocket Detail In Houston, everyday is western day – wheather or not people want it to be. Even though it's the 4th largest city in the US (Fast Company named us City of the Year!), it is not unusual to see someone in a 10-gallon hat, a pair of cowboy boots or someone on a horse. One day a year all three of these things happen at once in celebration of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  

When I heard that this week's challenge was making a western outfit, I knew exactly what item was missing from my wardrobe: a dress for this year's Ho Ho Hoedown. What the heck is that, you may ask? It's my parent's yearly cowboy-themed Christmas party! 

This simple pattern by Sewaholic took a little less than 3 hours to complete. I love the knotted neckline and the A-line skirt! It was very, very easy to put together with no tricks or hard steps to fool with – thank goodness! After last week, I needed an easy win. 

I can't wait to rock around the Christmas tree in this dress and my blue boots – is it December yet? 

Neck detail

Ceader CreekBonus: Where on Earth am I? Cedar Creek in Houston, Texas
on a 110 degree F (43 degree C) day – yowza!


Sarah Gabbart


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  1. Living in Wyoming, I know how it is, Western Week is every week! I love your dress, I have always loved the handkerchief style dresses and those blue boots are just too cute!

  2. Great for a Christmassy do, but not so much that you can’t wear it at other times of the year. Cute dress.

  3. Wow – this is such a lovely style on you and as we are a similar shape it makes me want to whip up a Lonsdale dress straight away!

  4. That is so cute! Okay you know you live somewhere exceptionally warm when you make a summer dress for a xmas party! Lucky you!

  5. this pattern is so great– and your material pick makes the tie at the top even more brilliant! i bet no one at sewaholic ever realized this pattern’s true soulmate was bandana fabric.
    ho ho hoedown? really? i love your family.

  6. Love this! From the print to the boots… super cute!

  7. Sarah,
    You look beautiful.. the dress is so cute and looks fantastic on you.. I just knew a Texas girl would
    come up with a really cute one..and you did!!!
    Hope you have fun come Christmas at the Ho DOwn…yea.

  8. Oh, so awesome! I am obsessed with bright colored boots, so I am totally coveted your boots. Such a great outfit.

  9. Oops, should say “coveting.” I always hit post just when I realize there’s a typo.

  10. Love it Sarah! The neckline is fabulous :)

  11. YAY for the Lonsdale dress! I love this Sarah! It’s so fabulous! Your Christmases sound fun :)

  12. Sarah this is a beautiful dress and so flattering on you. Each week you out do yourself with something even more lovely than the week before!

  13. That fabric is great, I love paisley and you’re right about the neck line LOVE IT!!! suits you very much. Have fun at the ho ho hoedown.

  14. The dress looks gorgeous, perfect for a Texas summer (and family hoedown)! And it has pockets! Yay for pockets and easy sewing wins! Did you knot the ties at the back or tie them in a bow? I love all the crazy things in Texas – those statues are confusingly amazing! Here’s to Christmas coming quickly :)

  15. margueritedesigns

    Wish we had Christmas’s like that here so I could wear a dress like that. Lovely shape to it.

  16. Great pattern and great fabric. Love it!

  17. I saw Tasia wearing her dress a few weeks back and thought ‘HOW INTERESTING’, and again, it’s just as wonderful on you! And POCKETS! So cute!