I’m sew excited to be part of the Sew for the Holidays with SisBoom Blog Tour. One of my favourite things to do for the holiday is sew up a new holiday dress (or two, or three) for my mini. As always, she’s a big part of the sewing process – from selecting the pattern to helping pick out the fabrics. We took a special trip to Joann’s to get some fabric for this one and it ended up being a compromise between her first choice (cartoon Christmas dogs) and my first choice (vintage chalkboard print) and we wound up with this whimsical “naughty or nice” print. I love the combination of aqua, red and black in this fabric for the beautiful Gabriella Fae pattern by SisBoom.
On the day we went to shoot photos for this post we were covered in snow. Mini Mi had already built a snowperson earlier in the day and has some fun posing with it in her beautiful new dress. The Gabriella Fae has a lot of options – sleeveless, short, 3/4 or full sleeves. I had originally intended to make this with elbow length sleeves but when I cut it out I realized I had underestimated my fabric and so it ended up sleeveless. To provide a little arm coverage I whipped up the shrug to cover her bare little arms for our outside shots.
My winter confession? I hate snow…hate it. I’m fortunate to not have to endure it for more than a few days each year in my neck of the woods. When it snows in this part of the world, we all seem to drop our basket, and like any self-respecting West Coaster, I hate driving in even a few centimeters of the white stuff.. That being said, it makes a beautiful backdrop for photos. Also, the yucky weather meant more excuses to stay indoors and sew!
The original pattern has single layer skirt but I opted to add an underskirt for volume. The underskirt is a very thin cotton lawn with a band of black sewn at the bottom to peek out from under the top skirt edge. It think it works well with the black contrast of the waist band in this dress.
I love the details in this dress – from the ruched options in the front and back bodice, the contrasting waistband and the zipper closure. I often shy away from woven dresses because a lot of patterns seem to have options like shirred backs which I don’t think are as nice on a tween. I love the finished look of a zipper closure and the fit is really lovely. I actually made this dress slightly too large but I think that will allow us to get another year’s wear out of it before it is gifted to another little girl.
The lovely Gabriella Fae took the top spot among our Christmas dresses this year to debut in Mi’s holiday music recital – a highest honour for a dress in a closet full of dresses.
Thanks for stopping by and do check out the other amazing blogs on this tour! I have really enjoyed seeing the beautiful holiday wear that everyone is making from vintage, to classic to whimsical! Want to win your own copy of the Gabriella Fae pattern? SisBoom is generously supplying one copy to a lucky winner. Enter here: