Every year in mid-October, I start thinking about what I want to wear for the holidays. It’s a tall order, since we tend to celebrate a lot of them! It all kicks off with Thanksgiving. Then it’s Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day, my birthday, New Year’s Eve, and then oftentimes we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany just to really close things out. Even if I don’t make (or in the past, purchase) new outfits for all of these occasions, I still want to make sure I look cute! This year I knew I wanted two things: a mock neck dress, and some Cheryl Blossom vibes. I think I nailed it!
Mock Neck Dress
Cutting out my Mock Neck Dress
It took some research to find the perfect mock neck pattern. I have a thyroid condition that makes high necklines very uncomfortable, so you’ll never catch me in a turtleneck. Even a Toaster Sweater is too high for me. So I had to be very picky about the pattern I used. I wanted something that had a pretty low mock neck, and ideally no seam to reduce bulk.
Well, I got one of the two things I wanted. I used New Look 6469, which is a low mock neck dress, but also has a neck seam. I was very pleasantly surprised to realize it wasn’t too tight, though! Granted, I wore the zipper partially undone because the fabric is bulky and I couldn’t zip it all the way myself, but I think it’s okay even fully zipped.
The fabric is a suede scuba from JoAnn. It comes in several gorgeous colors, but I used wine, in my homage to Cheryl. The photo online is very true to color! It doesn’t quite have the recommended stretch for the pattern, so I sized up two sizes — one to compensate for stretch and the other to ensure a loose neckline. Yes, I’m a little obsessive about this neckline thing.
Sewing the Mock Neck Dress
Seriously, this is one of the easiest dresses I’ve ever sewn. I love the raglan sleeves — it’s one of the things that sold me on the dress! Although the darts in the shoulders do kind of throw me off… I used a zigzag stitch for the side seams, and a long straight stitch at the neck and for the zipper. So far I’ve not had any popped seams.
Initially I added three inches to the bottom of the dress. However, I ended up taking them all back off very last minute. The reasoning for this was two-fold. One, the fabric is pretty heavy, and it was really pulling the drape of the dress down. Two, since it is so flowy, it needed a little leg to balance it out. Or, in my case, a lot of leg, as per usual. I did not add any length to the sleeves as I wanted a 3/4 length.
While I do love love love this fabric, I’m not sure I’d say it was the best choice for this mock neck dress. I think something a little lighter would have really shown off the drape that’s supposed to be in the pattern. Still, it was super easy to work with, and also needed no finishing! No hemming for this gal, just like Lara.
I really couldn’t be happier with how my mock neck dress came out. It’s the exact color I wanted, with the silhouette and neck fit of my dreams. Plus, it was a super fast sew. I got it done in about two hours — and this was after dinner and some drinks with my folks. It’s easy to dress up or down, so if you’re in the market for a last minute holiday dress, keep this in mind!
Do you like to sew special outfits for holidays? Or do you keep it simple? If you’re in the first category — good news! I have some amazing holiday outfits coming soon for you. And if you’re not, maybe I can convert you…