Typically, as part of my decision process prior to creating a garment, I consider the initial function of the garment, colors that fit the occasion, long-term use of the garment, and any embellishments.
For this holiday dress, the fabric came first! I sometimes wander around my favorite fabric stores, looking for inspiration. Recently I found an elegant print of cream and red (almost burgundy) with a gold highlight. Isn't it great!
I immediately fell in love with it and started visualizing the garment style that would fit. Sometimes I flip through the pattern books for that "spark", other times I know right away what I want to make.
With this fabric I knew immediately that a simple but *flirty* dress with a large sash and bow would be fantastic. This decision necessitated a hunt for the coordinating accent fabric and this is Christmas print was a perfect match!
The 'old-word elegance' of the print also dictated an eyelet trim for the ruffles. Additional ruffles could be added to increase the length, if necessary.
As I wanted the sash and ruffles to be the focal point, I kept the neckline clean and added a gathered feature to the sleeves for an additional accent.
Although the sash has a definite holiday pattern, the dress could be worn on many different occasions quite easily. This dress is currently available in size 5; other sizes can be made for those family photos!
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him."