Are you all set for Christmas? Cards sent, house decorated, gifts wrapped and sent, sewing finished? Congratulations if you’ve answered yes to more than one of these questions.
My cards are sent and some house decorating is done, but my greatest accomplishment is finishing my granddaughter’s Christmas dress.
The white lace dress pattern included in the latest Classic Sewing magazine was made for almost 8 yo granddaughter Vivian Rose. It is lovely but was just waaaaay too big for her. She is tiny, though her mother declared she wears a size 8 and I went with it. Big mistake. Even with the accurate and current measurements I had for her, the lace has some stretch. I should have taken that into account. The silver lining for this disappointment is that now her Christmas dress for 2021 is already finished! I’ve never been ahead of the game like this!
Here she is with the shoulder seams falling off her shoulders, with her handsome 11 yo brother. He’s had such a growth spurt that his mother just discovered that the only dark shoes that fit his newly enormous feet are his soccer cleats. So that’s what he wore for this picture. Fortunately, the shoe laces match his vest. With any luck, Amazon will deliver his new black dress shoes this week.
My two younger grandchildren in their Christmas clothes. It’s likely they will only be worn for at home Christmas dinner with grandparents in their bubble. But they will look spectacular, especially if Vivian has a monumental growth spurt or wears her soon-to-arrive Sugar Plum Fairy dress (see below).
Farmhouse Fabrics, as always, came through with the white lace fabric. I ordered a few hours after their on-line Gab and Gush featured this lace and at that time there were only 6 yards left! The ever-helpful staff matched up ribbon for the sash with the satiny rose slip fabric I chose. The hairbow, also ordered on line, was a perfect match. Of course, I ordered 3 bows hoping one would match and it did!
Vivian Rose with her beloved rescue dog, Mendel.
This dress was relatively quick and easy to make, with 4-thread serged seams and a Swiss batiste bound neckline. There was no hemming at the sleeves or on the skirt. In the Farmhouse Live video Sally suggested a crocheted thread loop at the shoulders, attached with a snap to secure the slip shoulders. That was a great tip, especially when the dress turned out to be too big. That slip would have fallen off the child’s shoulders and annoyed her all day. Another set of crocheted loops was added to the waistline for the optional ribbon sash. Continue reading