When I read the announcement of the traditional christmas dress sew-along on the Me-Made-Mittwoch blog, my first thought was: Wait, isn’t it still summer? No wonder as with the current mild temperatures one can get easily confused. In addition, I like to push thoughts about christmas arrangements, buying gifts etc. as far away as possible. After the first shock, I got quite excited about sewing a dress as I barely have any in my closet right now. Usually, I keep on adding skirts as they can be sewn much faster and easily combined with other garments.
Fortunately, I already had plans for sewing a dress that is also festive enough for christmas. I loved the slim dress of the Dolce & Gabanna from their current fall/winter collection right away, especially the fabric. When I found a similar very stretchy piqué fabric online, it was clear that I would sew my own version of this dress. As the fabric consists of cotton and can be worn year-round, I prefer short sleeves or even sleeveless for my version, which I will probably decide during the sewing. In my opinion this striking fabric requires a unobtrusive pattern, but which does not have to be as simple as the pattern of the original Dolce & Gabanna dress. In the end I decided for the pattern #121 from the August 2012 issue of Burda. I’m not sure whether I will add the seams at the shoulders as well as the slanted seams at the skirt as it might cut the print too much into pieces. Additionally, I’m not sure how much I will like the slim skirt, it might be too slim for me. And what size shall I sew for this super-stretchy fabric? My regular size without a zipper or a size smaller with a zipper? There is still a lot that still needs to be tested and that’s why I will sew a trial version from a very ugly green-beige cotton cotolet that is similar in stretch and drape.