As a tradition at Christmas time, we always go as a family to a Christmas symphony. I enjoy going, as it helps to have my kids embrace the arts. I love sitting and watching them play, and listening to the classic Christmas songs. I try and make a dress for my daughter to wear every time we go. It’s one of the things that I love doing for her. I’ve had the Evening Primrose pattern from New Horizons for a while. I’ve wanted to make it, but just haven’t had the time. Luckily I had some time this week to knock out getting her dress done. I was so excited to finally use this pattern that has been in my stash for longer than I’d like to admit.
I knew that I wanted a fancy, special occasion type dress. I went to Joann and looked through their special occasion fabrics. Nothing was really jumping out at me. I wanted something plain, but still special. I found this polyester/rayon fabric that had a different look depending on the angle that you looked at it. Sometimes it looks black, and other angles it looks blue. It had gorgeous drape too. Since I knew I wanted a full dress, I grabbed some tulle along with this blue and a lining as well.
I saw Julie’s post on the New Horizons blog about lengthening the Evening Primrose pattern to make it a maxi dress. I decided to hack the pattern and do it in a maxi length. The hack didn’t require the lining to be done with the maxi length, but since I wanted to add tulle I wanted to have a lining so that she wasn’t getting itchy from the tulle. Since the skirt isn’t gathered, I gathered the tulle and sewed it to the lining and from then on considered it one piece.
The pattern went together easily. I added a sash out of ribbon to break up the waist. She and I both absolutely loved the final product. She twirled so much in! Who doesn’t love having a princess dress to wear? I can’t wait for her to wear this gorgeous dress to the Christmas symphony this year.