You may recall that E requested a dress to match her little brother’s plaid Christmas vest. I asked for pattern advice and received so many wonderful suggestions. Thank you! I loved the idea of a denim dress and compared my denim and odd-shaped scrap of plaid fabric to the suggested patterns. The winner was one of Gail’s suggestions- a geranium dress with piping at the waist. I’ve made this pattern many times before and it is a winner. The fit is perfect and there are lots of fun options.
I made a 4T bodice with a 5T skirt, cap sleeves and the u-shaped cut out. I used an old dress that was either light denim or heavier chambray for the main fabric and the scraps of plaid for piping and covered buttons. I have limited experience with piping and Inder was kind enough to give me some advice when I was stuck. I ended up using some cording from a lacing card game to avoid running to the store for proper cording. And I’m still not sure how to work the cording on the ends where the dress meets in the back. What is the best way to do this? I love the look piping adds so I need to learn more about proper usage.
I hadn’t tried the neck cut-outs before and ended up real liking what is added to an otherwise plain dress. I also had plaid patch pockets all ready to sew on but couldn’t decide on the proper placement and then decided I liked the dress fine without, at least for now. E was happy to have her matching dress and told me that she didn’t need pockets anyway because she didn’t have anything to put in them.
I had no intention of making matching Christmas outfits this year until E asked. But I am glad I jumped at the chance and gave it a try as it turned into a fun challenge.
Wishing you lots of merriment and good hugs this holiday season!