Mid-December it came to my attention that Zizza would be needing a new winter dress. I was trying to steer clear of the typical “Christmas dress” feel because I wanted something that would feel seasonally appropriate once Christmas had come and gone.
I asked Ziz what color dress she’d like and she said red. I thought on that, and pitched her my idea: A red knit dress with three quarter length sleeves, a generously flared a-line skirt and fearlessly looping monochromatic ruffles.
I do love the ruffles. You’ll have to excuse the flashy glare on the next photo, also the schmutz on the dress. They handed out valentine candy at church last week, and I didn’t think to re-take the close up-neck ruffle shot after I realized my flash was on and causing a glaring ruckus.
I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how this dress came out. It worked just the way I planned it. And on the first try too!
I made it out of cotton knit but I teated the knit as a woven, with facings an invisible zipper in the back and a blind hem. So it has ease of wear like a knit with the clean finish of a woven.
The down side is, I didn’t properly pre-shrink my fabric.