Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas (Dress)!

This is the sad state of my current Christmas dress.

What is taking me so long?

First, I resolved not to add to my to do-list by planning to sew another dress.

- As I've hinted before, knowing how to sew for me leads to delusions about having to DIY pretty much everything, especially during the Christmas season. I made decorations, photo calendars, a photo book, cards, gift tags, pillowcases, gingerbread houses, cookies, and we recorded a family Christmas tunes CD (complete with CD cover artwork). Phew. -

Then, I thought scrap that, after making all sorts of stuff for others I really deserve a dress for myself. I even found a suitable wool-mix crepe in our town's tiny, obscure, remnant-roll-filled fabric shop. And a real silk lining.

- When I asked about the fabric content of the crepe (I thought it felt like wool), the shop's little saleswoman cut off a small piece, whipped out her lighter, and made the famous burn test (that I'd never seen nor done). Wool with poly, she says. -

I really, really wanted to make the infamous tulip skirt dress from BurdaStyle 8-2009, but couldn't for the life of me find that magazine (which I have!). Time was slipping away from me, so I settled on BWOF 11-2008-112 and got started. I try to steal an hour here and there which might not be enough to finish by Thursday night (Christmas festivities commence early on Christmas Eve here in Germany).

What do you think, dear sewing friends?

Can I get the dress done?

And are you a creative specialist yourself (only sewing) or a jack-of-all-creative endeavors?

I would like to thank all of you, my readers whom I consider my sewing friends and who have made my year so enjoyable, and wish you a very Merry Christmas!


  1. Well, seeing as you've completed all that other stuff (!), I would think you COULD get the dress done.... now, whether or not you WANT to get the dress done, that's another question. Well, I suppose you want to get it done, just do you want to feel driven to do it? I don't know, I know I wouldn't because I get all jittery when feeling the pressure of obligatory sewing. But some people really thrive on that. So... do you? (You clearly are way more organized than me, too, since you've accomplished so much already!)

    I think you can do it.

  2. OK, that is Martha Stewart-like creativity! (And I don't think she sews her own dresses before Xmas, after recording a CD :-) I'm sure you can do it. But I think you should drink some egg nog and enjoy your accomplishments. Merry holidays.

  3. If there is a will, there is a way! I have always adore this pattern. Good luck. Merry Christmas.

  4. Das Schnittmuster ist schön und ich hoffe, Du bekommst Dein Kleid noch rechtzeitig fertig (Ich persönlich arbeite ja unter Zeitdruck immer am besten ;-))!!!
    Ich wünsche Dir auch ein schönes und besinnliches Weihnachtsfest mit Deiner Familie!

    Ganz liebe Grüsse von Sabine

  5. You could get it finished, if you really want to, but maybe you would rather do other things! It would be a beautiful dress for New Year too.
    It is lovely to have a DIY Christmas. I wish you a happy day with your family, enjoying all the lovely things you have made.

  6. Merry Christmas Uta. I hope you finished your dress in time. It looks like a winning fabric/pattern combination.

  7. I had the same problems -and I decided not to finish my christmas-dress. It deserves time, concentration and fun while sewing it. Now I have some quiet days and maybe I will wear it as New Years -Dress ;) Did you finish?
    I wish you all the best for 2011!
    kr, berry



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