Making holiday dresses is one of my favorite kinds of sewing! These fancy DIY looks have a preppy spin to them, but with enough sparkly and twirl to put a smile on any little girl’s face. Read on to get the details on how to sew up some adorable little girls Christmas dresses!
The holidays are coming! Woohoo! I know lots of people have mixed feelings about this time of year because holidays can be stressful and cold weather brings sickness BUT I still love it!
I love the holiday spices and baking, cozying up in blankets and watching Christmas movies and, the best part of all, special occasion dressing and sewing!
I like to sew new dresses for all my girls just once a year and it’s usually for either Easter or Christmas. I knew that if I was going to pull it off this December though, I’d have to start early, so I was happy to join Simple Life Pattern Company’s holiday blog tour!
I’ve spent time with Katie of SLPCo at a few events now and she’s just the most hilarious and talented pattern designer. I think pattern designing and writing is an extremely in-depth and tedious process, and not one that many people fully appreciate. Katie’s patterns contain full color photo instructions and are just so easy to understand. I especially loved using the dress patterns I worked with here: Helena’s Button Back Dress (on straight-haired Kira) and Felicity’s Ruffle Dress (on curly-haired Vivs).
I didn’t want a very overtly fancy dress this season and, when I spied this plaid shirting at Hart’s Fabric, I jumped on the idea of mixing a more buttoned up print with a sparkly special occasion fabric. And I just love how they turned out!
I did decide to make size 8 dresses for my twins (they don’t turn 8 until next July) and admittedly, these turned out a tad big for their smaller than average frames. But that being said, I’m actually glad to give them dresses they can wear for a good long while, for once. There’s nothing sadder than a child growing out of a handmade outfit almost immediately after finishing it.
I pretty much followed each pattern exactly how it was written, and both dresses went really smoothly. I think that my favorite parts are the little extras in each dress: the pintucks on the Helena and the darling ruffles and back cutout on the Felicity. These details just make each dress so much sweeter!
And check out some more AMAZING holiday sewing from some seriously talented ladies on the rest of the tour! Their sewing and photography skills blow me away.
Are you going to be making any little girls Christmas dresses this year?