I don't believe melon?rose?coral? is a traditional Christmas color.
That didn't stop me from using this gorgeous fabric I had in my stash for Emily's Christmas dress.
The beauty of this fabric is that she can wear it all year round, too.
I designed Emily's dress several times in my mind before coming to a final decision.
A dress from Anthropologie was my inspiration.
If I had time, I would make myself a version, too. But I don't.
At least hers got done!
Emily LOVES how it turned out.
She loves twirling, curtsying, and dancing in this dress.
I have to say that even with millions of ripped out stitches,
(working late at night tends to do that to you..)
I love how it turned out too.
In fact, I think this is one of my favorite things I have made in a long time.
Here is my pattern for the bodice and sleeves, size 5, if you are interested in making one. (The skirt is a rectangle, no pattern piece required)
***UPDATE*** So it has been brought to my notice that the pattern download doesn't line up correctly. Must have been an error in scanning. I have added fixing this to my to-do list. In the meantime, you can use your best guess when lining them up, or you can use another simple waist length bodice pattern with a sleeve, and just change the neckline to be boat shape. You can use my messed up pattern as a guide.
It is the same pattern I used to make the petal dress. (Which I plan on writing a tutorial for...soon!)
For other sizes, all you need is a basic bodice and sleeve pattern, which you can change to make boat-neck and cap sleeve. See pattern as a guide.
About 2- 2 1/2 yards of Fabric (For size 5; adjust for other sizes)
1/2 yard lining fabric (or you can use your main fabric for lining)
5-6 Yards Trim
Small amount of fusible interfacing
First, cut out your pattern pieces.
For the skirt, measure an existing skirt that you like the length of, and add 3 inches. Cut (tear) 2 rectangles, of that height and the width of the fabric (about 45" or even 60"). Cut one of those rectangles in half, (it would be 22 1/2" or 30" wide) so you have 3 rectangles.
Save about 8" of fabric for the sash, covered later in the tutorial.