Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Grace's Snowflake Christmas Dress

I have waited what seems like forever to make a baby Christmas dress. Here's to a life-goal being completed!
I dreamed of a gown with so much fluff my sweet girl would be hard to hold. I wanted something that was a lovely blend of classic and modern; suitable for Christmas but beyond that into the rest of the winter - who wants to spend hours on a dress that will only be worn once?

I found Simplicity 2392, a reprint from the 1950s. So cute! And it was exactly what I was looking for :) I chose black satin for the top. The skirt is one layer of cream satin and one layer of sheer organza printed with glitter snowflakes. Can you see them?

Although I followed the back of the envelope in regards to sizing, the dress is huge (as you can probably tell). The only alteration I made was to lengthen the sleeves to be long - it is winter after all! As big as it is, I have high hopes this will fit NEXT Christmas as well. I know I can't put her in it on a regular Sunday because she'll destroy it in the nursery. Again, maybe when she's walking next year it will be more practical.

But practical or not, I most certainly had fun making it!


Gillian said...

The dress is darling! I love the subtle snowflakes on the organza layer. And Gracie is darling, too, of course :-D

Sarah Jane said...

What a sweet dress! I love the sparkly overskirt and the colors are just right, so classic and yet up to date - plus they look GREAT on Gracie!

So much prettier than the dresses sold in stores for little girls. You are going to have so much fun making her gowns as she gets older. :)

Jenny P. said...

Gillian - I was actually torn between the snowflakes and a different piece that had candy canes. Shaune made the final call :) He's got great taste.

Sarah Jane - Thanks! And I already am... I have a box of patterns just waiting for her to grow into. I hope you get your girly this time!