McCall’s Tacky Christmas Dress

IMG_3067Every year during the holidays, I meet with some of my best girl friends for a fun night out without the husbands and kids. Some years we dress up in cocktail dresses and eat at an upscale restaurant downtown, and other years, we wear ugly Christmas sweaters and enjoy a low-key evening with Christmas lights tours, hot cocoa, and shopping.
This year, we’re going with “tacky” and low-key, and I think this M7120 I made to wear for my Handmade Holidays class last month will be perfect! I bought a few yards of this¬†fabric from my local shop and made View B in a size Small. Ideally, I wanted a fabric with a bit of drape, but I couldn’t find anything that would fit the theme as well as this Maude Asbury print.
It’s a “Learn to Sew” pattern, so it was a fairly quick sew- especially since it doesn’t have a zipper or buttons, and I omitted the pockets and sleeve tabs. I may add the pockets later on, but I’ll leave it as is for now. I didn’t make any other modifications, and I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t need to make my standard swayback adjustment. The neck is wider than I usually prefer, but the overall fit was great for me. If you’re curvy, you will likely need to make adjustments. You could also insert an invisible zipper on the side to make it easier to wear.
If you want a nice, quick sew for a woven, I highly recommend sewing a classic shift dress. So, what are your holiday traditions?

5 thoughts on “McCall’s Tacky Christmas Dress

    • Jess says:

      Thanks! It is quilting cotton. I don’t generally use it for dresses unless it’s a button-up style, but I do occasionally use it for tops, especially in the summer. Texas summers are too hot for synthetics, so I prefer 100% cotton or linen. Whether it’s shirting, lawn, double gauze, or quilting will depend on the pattern. I treat quilting cottons somewhat like a chambray. Since this is meant to be a “whimsy” holiday dress, I used quilting cotton, but I definitely would have used a different substrate if it had been a part of my capsule wardrobe.

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