Last year it seemed like the holiday season came and went and there wasn’t too much time to enjoy it ( I guess it often feels like that), but this year I made it a point to slow down a little and really enjoy the season. I’ve made several pieces (yay!) I’ve watched a bunch of Christmas movies and listened to lots of different holiday music. I’ve also already made quite a few batches of cookies. I. am. embracing it this year.
And since I don’t recall making anything fun and sparkly last Christmas, I thought I’d keep with the festive attitude and make something RED and sparkly, because how much more holiday can you get than that?!
What actually inspired me to make this dress was Grace Kelly’s character, Margo, from Dial M for Murder. As far as Hitchcock films go, Dial M is definitely up there for me. I absolutely love the gorgeous red dress that Margo wears in one of the first scenes.
How can you not love this beautiful frock?! It makes my heart flutter with joy.
Here is my version, using Vogue pattern #v8280. What I really like about this pattern is how it looks like the sleeves are a separate bolero kind of piece, but it’s all attached.
So I made the sleeves and back with the sparkle red fabric from Joann fabrics. And the solid red is a peachskin fabric.
By some form of magic, I already had this red belt which literally matches perfectly to the red color of the dress.
Like with most projects, there are some tribulations along the way. And this one was with the zipper. I first put in an invisible zipper, and it just did not look right. ( I think mostly because I need to get an invisible zipper foot for my machine) So I ripped that one out and put in a normal zipper and it looked 100 times better.
Also for the back, I made an underlay for the sequin fabric with lining. It just made it a heck of a lot easier to work with by keeping it from shifting and getting sequins caught in the machine.
This fabulous coat is an Oscar de la Renta coat I got on MAJOR sale one year. I don’t remember how much it was exactly, but I do remember that it was an absolute steal and it would’ve been stupid not to buy it. I always wear it around the holidays because it is a heavier coat, but also partly because it has the vibrant and festive red lining…which just matches this dress wonderfully. ;)
Outfit details: Seamed nylons-Dillard’s; Coat-Oscar de la Renta; Clutch-Anthropologie, no longer available.
Watch out: More shiny things, coming your way! ;)