Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Operation Christmas Dress
I have found my ultimate Christmas Dress! Isn't it gorgeous?! I love the soft white paired with the Dickens-inspired print. And the full skirt? Love! The dress is from Bernie Dexter's gorgeous new collection. The beautiful fabric is 100% cotton and is imported from Japan, according to Bernie's website.
One problem: the price. This fabulous frock is $156 USD. Ouch! Not only would my wallet have apoplexy, poor Mr. G would (rightly so) faint dead away if I brought home a dress that cost that much. So, I'm doing what any good seamstress would do when faces with the eternal economics vs design dilemma: I'm making my own version. I'll make the bodice in a similar white fabric and I plan on using a Cynthia Rowley pattern from my stash for the dress.
The odds of me sourcing identical fabric are slim to none, so I will use the original dress as inspiration and see how closely I can get to it with the resources available to me. With the help of Etsy, I have been able to find a few suitable candidates:
A beautiful winter town scene fabric complete with streetlamps, snow-covered houses, and snowmen. (I love snowmen!)
For a monochrome look, this beautiful winter forest print by Elizabeth's Studio definitely caught my eye.
This lovely Winter's Gleam fabric definitely has a similar vintage feel to the inspiration dress. I really like the muted colours.
I am leaning toward one pattern in particular, but I would love to hear what you would choose!