It was a perfect opportunity to sew up a super special Christmas dress.
Long sleeves because we would be spending Christmas in Austria (not Australia - so close in spelling, yet so far apart). And I'm always a fan of a dress pattern that includes long sleeves.
I must confess that the slightly too-short sleeves are my fault. I adjusted the length for my slender girl, but didn't add enough to the sleeves. That's what happens when you don't double check arm measurements - I should have known better.
Linda has a background in heirloom sewing, and it shows in the lovely details in her patterns. There are really clear instructions on how to get your ribbon loops just so. And clear instructions on installing an invisible zipper. This was a slightly different method to previous ones I've encountered. I like knowing more than one way to do something.
Aside from the ribbon bodice there is also a 'tab' version. And, there are long and short sleeves - with a lovely amount of puff (head over to the pattern page to check out all the options)
This would make the perfect princess dress. It may even get a turn on the 'standard girl's birthday present' rota this year.
I'd love to be able to show you photos of Miss 5 looking lovely in her dress on Christmas day. But as usual, the whole day was a blur between presents, skiing (of course), and getting a Christmas meal ready in an unfamiliar kitchen. Needless to say, the dress wasn't just worn on Christmas day, but other occasions when we went out to dinner. And with a singlet and longsleeve tee underneath, tights and boots on the bottom, and a nice warm jacket for outside, she was warm enough in the sub zero (celsius) temperatures.
As an extra bonus, for the smaller sizes it looks like it would be possible to use fat quarters for fabric (providing you had enough of matching fabric). This dress was a size 5 in width, and 6 in length. The centre panel is from a fat quarter. I could have probably managed the other pieces from my stash of Christmas FQs, but there would have been a lot different patterns going on. Maybe 2017 will be the year of the patchwork-style Christmas dress.
The pattern is available from MCM Studio Designs, here.
On another note, did you see the gorgeous purple flowers in the background. They're Jacaranda flowers. The trees are South African, and flower in summer time. In our part of Australia they're synonymous with Christmas (along with Illawarra Flame Trees, Silky Oak and Christmas Bush), so they made the perfect backdrop for this Christmas dress.