I talked a little in my Thanksgiving dress post about how my family dresses up for holidays. Shopping for outfits was always a fun tradition when we were younger. It’s even more fun now that I can make my own outfits! When JOANN reached out to see if I wanted to collaborate on my holiday outfits, I jumped at the chance. I’m so excited to share my Christmas Eve dress with you today. I’ve been looking for an excuse to make this Vogue pattern for a while now, and it was worth the wait!
*this post was sponsored by JOANN. the experience and my words are my own!*
Christmas Eve Dress
Pattern and Fabric
I used Vogue 1102 for my Christmas Eve dress, which is a pattern I’ve been DYING to make! I love its easy silhouette, the full skirt, and of course: the showstopper giant bow in the back. It absolutely needed special fabric that would really let the amazing drafting shine. Literally and figuratively — I love a holiday outfit with a bit of sparkle!
I had spotted this gorgeous fabric at the beginning of November, when I was just starting to think about what a holiday dress might be this year. It’s called “liquid silver,” and honestly, that’s such a good description for it. It’s lightweight, and has a super soft hand. What I think is the right side is very silver and shiny. The reverse is more subdued, but you still get a shimmer. It’s almost like if chalkboard paint were a fabric, and it’s the side I used for the main portion of my dress. I did the bow in the back with the more silver side out.
I cut myself a 12 for this pattern, and added 2″ to the length of the skirt. I wish I had also added an inch and a half to the bodice, too. When I muslined the top I assumed the weight of the skirt would pull it down, but it’s far too light for that! It’s a little more of an empire waist on me than I prefer. The cutting layout is a little confusing, too, so be sure to pay close attention.
Sewing the dress
This fabric was so dreamy to work with. I think what I’d compare it to most is a very soft and light linen. And the pattern was seriously a breeze, too. It’s a self-lined bodice with darts, and nearly a full skirt. One thing I would have preferred was if the ties were two pieces turned right side out, instead of one piece seamed to the back side. It would be a little neater, but I had used up all my fabric by the time I realized they weren’t turned.
I finished off the skirt with gold bias tape. Sure, gold and silver aren’t supposed to mix, but I think it works. It’s such a lovely surprise pop inside the skirt! The fabric is rather fray-prone, so make sure you finish off the seams somehow.
Pro tip: this has a really low back! “Yes, Maddie,” you’re saying. “That’s pretty obvious.” But I do think it’s lower than it looks in the photos. If you’re planning on wearing a bra, I bought one of those wrap around bra strap thingies off of Amazon, and it works really well. You can’t see the bra back at all! If you plan to make a muslin, I recommend buying it before you do. It does affect your bust line a little, so it’s helpful to know how you’ll look in it.
I felt so glam in my Christmas Eve dress, and I can’t thank JoAnn Fabric enough for sponsoring it! But don’t worry, the fun doesn’t stop there — I’ll be back later this month to show you guys the New Year’s Eve outfit we collaborated on too!
Do you and your family dress up at the holidays, or are you more sweats and lounging kind of guys? I love hearing about other people’s holiday traditions. Tell me your favorite one in the comments!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JOANN. The opinions and text are all mine.
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