Christmas eve is almost upon us and here I have a festive feast for your eyes.
The Simplicity 2602 all made up and worn for my work Christmas party (and soon to be seen on Christmas Day!).
I know I’ve been a bit slack on the stitching over the recent months but I have fantastic news to share, I’ve been making changes to my life and will be starting a new post in my current job in the new year. It’s the perfect way to round of what has been a wonderful year.
That’s the main reason for the lack of updates and besides that I decided to literally work my butt off after I found myself in a position where I couldn’t fit into my beautiful pink boned dress that I made back in June. I’ve been working out day and night and haven’t been in this good shape for years, but enough of that, lets get on with this fantastically festive frock!
I have to confess that I made the choice based on something quick to whip up (relatively speaking) and the lack of messing about with sleeves when I knew how busy I’d be in the weeks running up to the date I needed to finish by.
I picked a medium weight cotton from Benartex (Let It Snow) available from Plush Addict. I went for a good 4 metres and I was very happy in the end that I did.
I pinned out the pattern and up came a quandary, mainly that the pattern doesn’t repeat itself often enough.
It meant a lot of pinning and re-pinning before cutting and I had to deal with the sides seams not matching (I decided the back was much more important due to the side closure and the split).
So after holding my breath and cutting while crossing my fingers and every available part of me (I don’t often sewing with patterned fabric!) it was done.
I pinned the darts and pinned to my dressform and was already very happy before I even started to sew it up. Sewing was relatively easy apart from the back, which I had managed to get a tiny bit out of sync.
Yet again my seam ripper became my best friend and I opted to sewing on the fold down the back rather than try (for the umpteenth time) to match the seam.
I don’t think you could obviously see it due to the pattern but decided even if you could I’d give myself a break and not give too much of a monkeys.
So on I went, and the rest was relatively easy, the split was a breeze and the side zip went in with ease. It seems that a break away for a while has done me some good. Eight and a half hours later and I was done, pressed and ready to go.
I wore at the office party, looking way more dressed up than everyone there BUT it’s Christmas and if you can’t wear a lovely sparkly dress for a party what can you wear it for? Here it is in all it’as glory!
Better photos to follow after Christmas day – wait until you see my hand embroidered napkins and table cloth!
Wishing you all a fantastic festive season, a wonderful Christmas Day and much love and happiness with your friends and family. I’m off to ice my ridiculously boozy cake!
12 thoughts on “Simplicity 2602: The Christmas Edition”
Congrats on the new job position!! That is amazing!! And your new dress is just adorable! I can’t wait to see more of the lovely things you make in the new year.
Thanks Carla, get excited about sewing planning already!
So pretty! I love it, and you did a great job!
thanks Sandra 🙂
So pretty! (You and the dress.). Can’t wait to hear what you are going to be up to.
Stunning! SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees
Me again. Would you mind me sharing this on SSB in the future as part of my Retro Wednesday series? I credit, link to your post and let you know when featured.
Not at all, that would be lovely! Thank you 🙂
Featured on SSB, thanks for permitting.