Emerald Lace

Today I want to share my adventures in holiday dresses. Soren’s work has a fun cocktail attire holiday party every December. I can never seem to find the dress that I have in mind, for my price point,  AND with the coverage I want. So last year and this year I went about making my own.

Last year did not work out as planned. I loved the vintage dress I altered, but Soren hated it – something about reminding him of his mom. Anyway since it was his party, after putting up a good fight, I ended up caving and buying a top and skirt last minute. It worked out eventually.
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So the pressure was on this year. And, being semi-prego, dresses this year were even more difficult to come by. A good friend convinced me that I could make my own so I gave it a whirl. It is a good thing I didn't know what I was getting into, but it was a great learning experience. I will certainly start earlier next year. Trying to fit in hours of sewing into the week or two before Christmas is too stressful! I do love how it turned out and anticipate wearing it again.
I used this Vogue pattern and altered it slightly. I raised the waist about 2.5 inches and added about three inches to the bottom. The mock up dress I made was in a size 14, which fit my waist, but the top I took down to a size 6 so that the bodice fit properly. I love the pattern and can’t wait to make it when I don’t have to alter it so much!
I just love the exposed zipper too! It offsets the fancy lace nicely!
Shoes: Old Navy, Necklace: Target, Watch: ONE little MOMMA
Also a few items of business.... did you enter the giveaway this week yet? Your odds are great and today is the last day to enter! Winner will be announced tomorrow!
Also ONE little BELT's Etsy shop will be closed until January 1. If you do need something sooner, email me and we can try to make it happen.

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  1. You look stunning in that dress! I hope someday to get to the point of being able to sew my own dresses--I'm sure it's a pretty long process, though!

  2. I can't believe you MADE that. That is amazing. It looks so good on you!

  3. That dress is incredible! J'adore the color!

  4. I would have never known it was homemade if you didn't tell me.

  5. wow LOVE the dress. You should sell :)

  6. You MADE this?!! I agree with CQI. You should sell! I'm obsessed. Emerald green is my favorite and I love the lace and zipper! This dress is just perfection. I want.

  7. Wow, such a gorgeous dress! Amazing job!

  8. Aren't these Red carpet dresses just out of this world ? Made of the finest fabric and the prettiest accessories, they are to die for.


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