My Christmas dress – finally!


Christmas isn’t over yet –  I just finished my holiday dress today!

I had planned to wear it up in Orlando later this week, my Christmas visit with David and Preston. But the weather is not cooperating – it will be too cool. Instead, I’ll be in leggings and long sleeve tunics. Not a problem – there’s always Valentines Day 🙂


I fell for this cotton/lycra poplin from Fabric Mart the moment I saw it. Sewing stretch wovens is generally not something I enjoy, but the print was reason for an exception. I was careful to practice tension, presser foot pressure, needles, and stitches before I began. And I staystitched all the edges that had any bias to them.


Not wanting something too fussy, I chose an old favorite, the Serendipity Studio Diane dress (last version here).

Diane Envelope Pic

As before, I raised the neckline, but I didn’t do anything fancy aside from rotating the print on the waistband.


I love Christmas, it’s simply my favorite season. And it’s just about the only time I paint my fingernails, mostly because sewing is brutal on nail polish! But my toe nails are always red. Florida is sandal city all year…

Polish: China Glaze “The Heat is On”

So, I managed to make this dress without too many major oops, although my seam ripper got a workout from time to time. I blew out my first waistband because the button holes were in the direction of the stretch, and I made a mess of them. Rather than replace the entire waistband, I practiced a bit, chose a heavier stabilizer, and made new button holes in a 4″ long patch. After getting it into the band, it’s not at all noticeable.


On to new projects for the new year! I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful season.


12 thoughts on “My Christmas dress – finally!

  1. Very festive and lovely, as always! I would love to know how you raised the neckline. Would it be found in an earlier post? I truly enjoy following you and your creations!


  2. Very nice dress, Coco. I’m glad I found your blog a few months ago. I’ve been enjoying it.

    On another subject, do you or any of your readers have trouble reading the size numbers on your sewing machine needles? I am struggling, and I don’t need new glasses. I’m 70 years old and cannot see what’s on the needles. Do you know of anything that would help?

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  3. Lovely dress, Coco. I, too, fell in love with that fabric, but never bought it. I’m glad you did, because it made a great holiday dress. Now you have a “back-up” dress that no one has seen. 🙂 I never do my nails anymore, but I do try to keep my toenails done most of the time.


  4. Festive! And your nails are a lovely touch! I always think about polishing my nails and then think again…you’re right; it’s usually while sewing that I get chips and then I see them when at the machine and they bug me, LOL.

    It’s reassuring to read that even as a seasoned sewer, you make the odd oops from time to time. It’s funny, isn’t it…I guess our minds just get distracted, or the fabric just doesn’t play nice with us. I guess our experience allows us to make those fixes invisible!

    Merry Christmas a little late!


  5. Really like it. Looks perfect for Valentines Day! And now you are ahead of schedule (haha). Hope your trip to visit the boys is relaxing and enjoyable. Funny, you paint your nails once a year. Good for you! I never even THINK about doing mine anymore.


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