Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Dress Progress

Laurie Anderson, of SewNSo's Sewing Journal is having a Linky Party each Monday in December before Christmas. The first, Spirit of Christmas Past, was last Monday and was about, oddly enough, what handmade items we've made in the past. Click on the link and you can see the lovely dresses Laurie has made. Today's post is about the Spirit of Christmas Present, so I'll post about the red dress I'm making for my granddaughter. Laurie created a cute badge for those of us who link to her post to put on our blogs, but I can't get the darn thing to work! So please click on the link to get to her party, and be sure to follow all the other links for some fun posts!

The bullions are finished, and I added some leaves in a dark shade of green. This is the back...

and the fronts. The embroidery doesn't stand out that much as I did want the effect to be subtle and not scream "Christmas".

Remember the black entredeux I made and posted about previously? It's so I can crochet a scalloped edging on it. That is DMC Perle 8 and a 1.25mm steel crochet hook.  This way I can have a simple black trim around the collar, front placket,

and the cuffs - all in black.  I'm sure you are all thinking, "How clever! How original!"  No way, I got it from the November-December 2010 issue of Sew Beautiful, and saw it some years ago in AS&E, Issue 66. It would have looked pretty bad with white entredeux and black crocheting, so I made the entredeux.  The placket is pretty long and is going to take a verrrrryy long time. I should get quite a bit done as I'm staying home today - the Geek Squad is coming to set up our new home theater! You can be sure I'm doing my part to help the economy!

I know, I need to wash the ironing pad.  Now, back to the crocheting.


  1. I love using crochet as my trim on dresses. I'm happy you decided to do that. Can't wait to see the finished dress!

  2. Ok, had a hard time finding your newest post - the wrong link was posted on my Linky Party - hopefully others will be able to maneuver around and find this post.
    I LOVE your black edging you are making - it's sooo stunning with the red! I can't wait to see the finished dress!

  3. Cynthia,
    I, too, love the black crocheted edging on your dress. I made some crocheted edged blankets for my baby and I enjoyed it so much. It was nice to have hand work to do at night without sitting at the machine. Your smocking is beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished dress!

  4. Love this black crochet!

    I thought I was the only one with an nasty blocking board. I iron on mine all the time lately. I find it is much easier to deal with than pulling out the big ironing board. The small padded board, along with a sleeve board, can do just about anything. Your board is not alone!

  5. Oh wow, what a stunning dress!!! I am in love with your black entredeux and crochet edging!!!


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