50 days until Christmas! And I can't believe it myself, but I already sewed up the Christmas dress for my little girl! Maybe it's because I've known for months that this year's Christmas dress couldn't be anything other than the Fiesta Frock. I fell in love with the gathered skirt, the Peter Pan collar, the puffed sleeves and its shapeliness.
And then I found this beautiful Nani Iro double gauze at a local fabric store and I instantly knew: This is my Fiesta Frock fabric! I think it's a perfect match, don't you agree?!
Sewing with this double layered fabric was a real joy: I like the softness of the fabric and the nice drape.
I sewed up a size 4 lengthened to a size 6, and it fits my slimly-built daughter perfectly.
The climate here in Switzerland is a tiny bit different to the one in Texas. We can wear short sleeves around 3 months a year. That's why I lengthened the sleeves. I narrowed them as well, but wanted to keep them puffed. I seemed the sleeve with bias tape, and to get the puffed shape, I inserted elastic into it.
To maintain balance, I shortened the skirt. I wanted it to be knee-length, so I took off about 3 inches / 8 cm. I love to use piping and I couldn't resist embellishing the Peter Pan collar with some contrasting piping.
Believe it or not, this pattern was a fairly quick sew.
And isn't the result just stunning: a beautiful dress that can be worn throughout the year!