Wild Animal Holidaywear

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This dress kind of shocked me with its Christmas-y vibe. When my daughter asked me to make her a dress influenced by a Versace coat that she saw in Vogue, the coat did not look to me like holiday wear at all. It just looked cool. I was very surprised at how “holiday” the dress looks.

I dyed the velvet myself. It started out as a white fabric from the remnant bin. Look at this post if you would like to see what the yardage looked like, post-dye and pre-cut.

The pattern I used is loosely based on a dress in the book “Girly Style Wardrobe.” But I made so many changes to it that maybe I should just say I drafted it myself. I especially like the front yoke, band, and waist piece that is cut all-in-one, which came from me and is not to be found in the original pattern.

Front detail.  Notice that the yoke, front band, and facing are cut all-in-one

Front detail. Notice that the yoke, front band, and facing are cut all-in-one. My daughter picked the buttons. I was a little put out with the third one, which is large with some depth to it. It would have needed a buttonhole that was larger than I was comfortable with. So I only made buttonholes for the top 2 buttons. I sewed the other buttons through all thicknesses to hold the center front together.

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facing detail.  The velvet fabric is very thick and stretchy, so I used some silk taffeta for the facing.

facing detail. The velvet fabric is very thick and stretchy, so I used some silk taffeta for the facing.

Photo of the Vogue photo that my daughter saw

Photo of the Vogue photo that my daughter saw

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8 Comments

  1. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 1:18 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the red touches. Super cute dress. Does she like it?

    Elizabeth
    http://www.sewnblog.com

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink | Reply

      She does! I have not managed to photograph her in it yet.

  2. Posted September 13, 2013 at 5:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Great dress. Looks like that little designer is set to keep you very busy!

  3. Posted September 13, 2013 at 7:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    That is a beautiful dress!

  4. Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    It’s a beautiful dress and I don’t get holiday from it at all, though it would certainly work for the holidays.

  5. Posted September 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A beautiful dress can’t wait to see the design worn!

  6. Posted September 25, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    It does look a bit holiday. I love it, and hopefully so does your daughter.

  7. Erika
    Posted September 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Argh, you are so inspiring!! I say that as the mom of a boy who is interested in having JUST THE CLOTHES HE WANTS. I LOVE to watch what you do.

    Erika

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