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Twirling in Teal: A Winter Dress

Last year, I took on a big coordinate-the-family-for-Christmas project. Nothing at all like that happened this year. We were well into December before it even occurred to me that I'm often sewing new Christmas clothes. After a quick closet assessment, I decided that my older daughter was really the only one who needed anything new right now. And what she needed was more of just a winter dress rather than a holiday dress.

I did a bit of thinking and came up with a plan before going to Fabricland. The "let's just see what we find" sort of trips always leave me overwhelmed and disappointed. Also, I had a limited amount of time and had to be quick and focused with a list. Thankfully, they had what we needed and my plan worked!

Christmas Dress

The fabric is a teal ponte knit so it is both comfortable and washable. The pattern is a heavily modified Ottobre T-shirt pattern and a 3/4 circle skirt. I used Kadiddlehopper's tutorial for drafting the skirt part.

Christmas Dress

I put a zipper in the back because the waist seam is very fitted and I didn't think the dress would stretch enough to go over the shoulders.

Christmas Dress

The organza flower (tutorial here) is pinned on and the velvet ribbon belt closes with a snap under the bow so both are removable before washing. Thread chain belt loops at the side seams keep the ribbon in place.

This is a more sophisticated looking dress than I've made for my daughter before and I really like how it looks on her. It doesn't get any better than a circle skirt for twirling, so she really likes it, too. Winner!


  1. Beautiful dress. I love the color, and the "twirl factor" is an added bonus. Great job!

  2. She looks lovely! It's grown up looking, without going to far. Just perfect!

  3. Really gorgeous - I love ponte dresses!

  4. Beautiful dress! I love the color on her.

  5. It's perfect! Just the right combination of sophistication and twirl factor!


  6. The dress is lovely and fits perfectly. The blue color really highlights her blue eyes.

  7. That dress is gorgeous!! The flower is such a perfect grown up touch.


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