Christmas dress & a new look for winter

Perfect with a cardigan, belt and tights

Christmas dress, styled with a cardigan, belt, tights and booties

Christmas dress

I know I said I wouldn’t have a sewing post up again until January but I wanted to share my Christmas dress that I finished at the last minute before we left.

Without the cardigan

Without the cardigan

I’ve had the material for several years, and I think I bought it at the thrift store in Moscow, ID. It’s a light pink and white with snowflakes and reindeer. The dress is perfect for winter. It’s Christmas-y but not so much so that I can’t wear it at other times, earlier in the winter.

Close-up, before the sleeves were finished

Close-up, before the sleeves were finished

Unfortunately I didn’t have enough of it to match all the stripes up, plus the pattern didn’t really allow for them to match. I used a variation of the self-drafted cowl top pattern that I’ve used for years. I made it into a dress with a flared a-line skirt and short kimono-type sleeves.

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Twirling and making goofy faces

Since I was down to the wire to finish this dress in time, I used hem tape on the hem and sleeves.

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This is awkward…take the picture already!

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This is one of those dresses that makes me feel happy while wearing it

In other news, I’m a brunette!

New look for winter

New look for winter

Enjoying Christmas

We’ve had a wonderful time visiting with Alex’s family. We went to a Christmas Eve candlelight service.

Me and Alex in our traditional Christmas Eve picture in front of the tree. We've been having a lovely time with my husband's family.

Our traditional Christmas Eve picture in front of the tree.

I got to make my momma’s Maple Brunch Ring for Christmas breakfast. It’s one of my family’s Christmas morning traditions, and it was yummy.

Mmm!

Mmm!

We exchanged gifts,

Alex got a mini helicopter, which he broke an hour after he opened it.

Alex got a mini helicopter, which he broke an hour after he opened it.

We entertained ourselves by watching the dogs.

Newton making off with one of the gifts. Luckily, it was actually for him.

Newton making off with one of the gifts. Luckily, it was actually for him.

A beautiful new family member

Our beautiful new family member. Her name is Uli.

The third doggy family member, Jasper, is in the picture below.

We did a white elephant gift exchange

white elephant gift exchange

white elephant gift exchange

and enjoyed a delicious meal.

Ready for the feast

Ready for the feast

The delicious prime rib

The delicious prime rib

I hope all of you had a blessed Christmas with your families and friends!

An unrelated but important note about navigating this blog

This is just a quick note to all readers. I’ve never mentioned this before, but since I had somewhat of a mass exodus of followers when I posted an update about our house renovation, I think it warrants mentioning. You can separate the content of this blog using the navigation menu underneath the header. If you are only interested in sewing related posts, simply click on the Sewing & Crafting button. If you are only interested in reconstructions, click the Reconstructions & Thrifting button.

I’ve also made some changes to the subscription options in the sidebar. Readers now have the choice to subscribe only to certain categories of the blog, based on their interests. There is also an option below the email forms to subscribe in a reader of your choosing.

I’m working on a blog update that should make all of this easier to navigate.

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10 Responses to Christmas dress & a new look for winter

  1. Sarah Lewis says:

    Well, I guess you know that your aunties want to hear and see EVERYTHING!! I love reading your blog and seeing the pictures. And, your new family member is beautiful. It’s sad that he/she doesn’t have a name!! lol Keep on writing and I’ll keep on reading! Love you dearly!!

    • Becca says:

      Haha! I do indeed. :) Her name is Uli. Thanks for pointing out that I forgot about her name. Thanks, Aunt Sarah. Love you too!

  2. Kathy says:

    I love the dress! What pattern did you use? The fabric is really terrific :)

    • Becca says:

      Thanks! Sorry, I forgot to mention that. The pattern that I used is a self-drafted pattern. However, I have a surprise for my fellow sewists in the next couple of weeks that has to do with the pattern I used (hint, hint! :D). So please do check back.

  3. Marie says:

    Eeep, I love your dress fabric…it’s sooo cool! And your new hair is stunning, even though I love your blonde hair too!

    • Becca says:

      I’ve been hoarding that fabric for a while, and I’m glad I finally used it. Thanks, the new color has definitely grown on me. It’s nice to change things up once in a while.

  4. Janice says:

    I love your dress, so cute! And your hair is beautiful!! Love the new color on you!! We are sure that Alex didn’t break the helicopter, he just thought of a better way to make it. ;) Glad you were able to have a family Christmas. Your family is just lovely!!

    • Becca says:

      Thanks so much! He did actually break it by slamming it into something. Now that I think about it though, maybe he did it on purpose so he’d have an excuse to take it apart. :) Either way, I’m sure he’ll make it into a new and improved version when he fixes it. We really did have an enjoyable Christmas. I hope yours was equally lovely!

  5. LLADYBIRD says:

    I love that dress and your hair looks GORGEOUS. Also, that picture of Newton scurrying away with his gift is cracking me up haha

    • Becca says:

      Thanks, girl! Since there are no babies in the mix yet, the dogs are usually the center of attention. Newton, more often than not, tries to steal the show. Ha! At least we always have some form of entertainment when he’s around.

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