Several years ago, before I sewed, a friend gave me lots of yards of red corduroy. She was cleaning out her fabric stash (why she had 4 yards of red corduroy only she can answer), but I was happy to have it. I’ve used it for the last three years as my Christmas tree skirt. I just draped all that yardage around the base of my Christmas tree, and it was great.
I’m going to have to find a new tree skirt.
I’ve been admiring the corduroy at the fabric store, and realized I had yards of it already at home. I found some really pretty linen embroidered trim, and decided to make Letty a dress.
I didn’t like any of the patterns I was finding… they were all too busy, or to involved, or too something. So I pulled out a jumper she already had in her closet, and copied it. I used the basic shape, and added my trim where the yoke meets the skirt.
The geometry of it all does get hard for me. I decided to put a facing in the bodice, and it got a little wonky. I think I’m going to need a book to walk me through garment sewing if I’m going to keep making stuff up like this. But it worked, and I finished the hem with that linen trim on the inside, where it’s a little more subtle.
I’m really happy with the dress. It was fun.
Even if it does mean the Christmas tree will have to wear something else.