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Handmade Holiday Dress Two Ways

December 31, 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve!  I’ve had a really great holiday so far, celebrating with friends and family, and I hope you have, too!

Today, I’m sharing my handmade blue velvet dress that I made for Christmas Eve.  Every year we have a huge family gathering at my house for on Christmas Eve, and as the family gets bigger, so does the gathering.  This year, my nephews turned two and we celebrated my niece’s first Christmas.  It was a busy house, but full of plenty of laughs and good times.

The dress is one I designed based on a pattern from my Sew U: Home Stretch book of patterns.  Luckily it needed only a few adjustments for fit and personal preference.  While trying it on, I also realized that it could easily be dressed up or down, so I decided to style it two ways for you today!

Look 1 – Dressy

Handmade Holiday Dress - Look 1 - Handmade blue velvet dress with navy tights & Swedish Hasbeens | Delightfully KristiHandmade Holiday Dress - Look 1 - Handmade blue velvet dress with navy tights & Swedish Hasbeens | Delightfully Kristi

The details: blue velvet dress (handmade) // navy blue tights (Next – in Belfast) // gray clog sandals (Swedish Hasbeens via Nordstrom Rack) // silver hair clips // silver snowflake earrings (handmade) // silver bracelets // silver chunky necklace (Ann Taylor Loft)

Handmade Holiday Dress - Look 1 - Handmade blue velvet dress with navy tights & silver accessories | Delightfully KristiHandmade Holiday Dress - Look 1 - Handmade blue velvet dress with navy tights & Swedish Hasbeens | Delightfully Kristi

The Swedish Hasbeens sandals are a fairly recent find, and as you may imagine, I pretty much stopped dead in my tracks when I saw them on the clearance rack in my size.  No joke, I looked around furtively to make sure no one else was going to grab them before I snatched them up and immediately tried them on!  I have been dreaming about getting a pair for years, and I have a feeling this is only the beginning of a very long love affair.

Look 2 – Casual

Handmade Holiday Dress - Look 2 - Handmade blue velvet dress with black leggings & burgundy boots | Delightfully KristiHandmade Holiday Dress - Look 2 - Handmade blue velvet dress with black leggings & burgundy boots | Delightfully Kristi

The details: blue velvet dress (handmade) // black leggings (Wal-Mart) // burgundy boots (JustFab) // red jingle bell earrings & necklace (handmade) // chunky bracelet (Wal-Mart)

Handmade Holiday Dress - Look 2 - Handmade blue velvet dress with jingle bell accessories | Delightfully KristiHandmade Holiday Dress - Look 2 - Handmade blue velvet dress with black leggings & burgundy boots | Delightfully Kristi

This more casual look is what I actually wore on Christmas Eve.  I knew I was going to be chasing my nephews around the house and helping my mom play hostess, so I had a feeling that as comfortable as the Swedish Hasbeens sandals are, they wouldn’t last all night.  Plus, our family get together was a casual affair, and I wanted to be comfortable.

Handmade Holiday Dress Two Ways | Delightfully Kristi

I hope you like my holiday creation!  If you could sew (or if you are a sewist), what dress would you dream up for the holidays?  Something elaborate and totally glam or something more practical but fun??

Thanks for reading, have a fun and safe New Year’s!

Delightfully, Kristi (signature)

 

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4 Comments

  • Justine S.

    This is seriously impressive! I can’t believe you made this dress and I love both ways you styled it. I’ve been eyeing Swedish Hasbeens too and stalking some on Poshmark and eBay but it’s good to know that you found yours at Nordstrom Rack. Fantastic job!

    December 31, 2015 at 11:11 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Justine!! I absolutely adore my Swedish Hasbeens – they are comfy, they go with everything and, of course, they’re cute, too! ;) Oh, and would you believe I got them for under $80?! Now I want them all, but I think it was a holy grail finding them so inexpensive haha!

      January 4, 2016 at 11:54 am Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    Super cute dress- and such a great color on you!! Happy New Year :)!

    January 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you so much!! Navy is one of my favorite colors to wear! Happy New Year to you, too! :)

      January 8, 2016 at 8:06 pm Reply

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