Adventures in Dressmaking: The Christmas party dress, and How to Wear DIY

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Christmas party dress, and How to Wear DIY

I'm  not a "little black dress" person. I don't even think I own any anymore, really. Oh, no, one--but I never wear it. I don't wear much black at all, except my new faux leather jacket (worn here and here) and my off-black jeans, but I like black best when it's paired with something unexpected, like brown or tan or ivory! For parties, the last thing I want to wear is an LBD. I like to stand out!

And it's Christmastime, so the perfect dress for a holiday party for me is not a basic LBD with great jewelry; nope, it's a shockingly red dress that just made, inspired by these festive cute frocks!
Source: ModCloth via Suzannah on Pinterest
Source: ModCloth via Suzannah on Pinterest
Source: ASOS via Suzannah on Pinterest

And then there's the lovely red and hot pink Kate Spade dress Taylor Swift wore... super simple style but great bold fabric and colors!

I guess I'm just going for the super simple, classic look this season, in BRIGHT red!

I found some red cotton in a diamond pattern weave at Goodwill not long ago for $2.99 or something for like 3 yards. Love when that happens. It was extra wide, too. I'll wear red any time of year, but it's perfect right now!! So I pulled out the classic lines of the bodice from Simplicity 1873, that Cynthia Rowley dress and jacket, and--what else--pleated the skirt with big directional knife pleats. The fabric is a little on the heavy side, so it actually stood out by itself pretty well. Only one panel in the skirt!, but it's short, so keeps it full-looking.

I wore it to my coworker's "fancytime" Christmas party--that's literally what the invitation said--so it was perfect with some gold bauble-ey jewelry and super party-ey shoes!!

Ta-da! So festive. I'd love to add a hot pink something-or-other for another festive look, channeling Taylor Swift. I'm sure there are LOTS of ways to change it up--just like a little black dress, this one is versatile!

You may recognize the diamond-ey fabric from my cute mantel banner decor, which I did after cutting this out, and of course the (reversible) Christmas stockings I made and did a tutorial for!

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  1. Wow! Your dress looks better than any of those you posted. I'd say you nailed it :)
    ~Ashlee
    http://ashleenikol.com

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  2. Wow, you look stunning in this dress! The color and fit really suit you. Oh, btw, I adore that necklace!

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  3. The dress turned out great. You look very festive.

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  4. I love this dress! I'm so stuck on what to wear this Christmas - its the first year that we are having a casual Christmas lunch rather than the over-the-top- 'do that we usually have and it's got me in a real pickle!

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    1. I had that problem last weekend for a brunch--I don't own much in a true red, aside from this dress! Was wishing for a great red sweater or plaid shirt =)

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  5. Omg that dress is so beautiful! The entire look is just perfection xx

    A Little Beauty Luxury

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  6. So great.This dress look so pretty.Love you outfit.

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  7. You look elegant and fresh. Love the styling.

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  8. Oh, it's beautiful! So classy and fashionable. :) I believe I met you and your mother at the Regency Picnic this summer, and it's neat that you're into both modern and historical fashions.

    Happy sewing!

    Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns

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    1. Oh, so cool! That sounds about right!! I love that picnic. =) Nice to hear from you!

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  9. I, too, love red and will wear it any time of year. This dress is just gorgeous! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  10. So very chic! You could wear that for Valentine's Day too!

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  11. Wow, I love this dress. I'm also making such kind of dress for christmas, but than with sleeves and from wol, since it is very cold overhere. But I really like this dress and the very bright red colour. Futhermore, I like the golden accent in combination with the red. Good Job!

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  14. You look gorgeous! Love the red dress and lipstick :)

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  15. What a beautiful dress! And the lipstick is gorgeous. Do you mind sharing what shade/brand that is? Thanks!

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