A last-minute holiday dress



A new holiday dress, by special request, for Maia to wear to her school performance. Once again, I followed the quick and simple t-shirt dress idea, although this time the materials were more luxurious than usual. Both the top and skirt of the dress were repurposed from old clothes of mine — a green cashmere turtleneck and a white double-layered silk skirt.


I cut off the neck and sleeves of the turtleneck (I can't stand the feel of turtlenecks), felted it, and, by some wonderful serendipity, it became the perfect size for Maia. I added the white silk skirt (cut down from mine) and embellished the neckline with a strip of of natural-colored felted wool and three white buttons.



Yes, she loves it.


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    December 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    omg! i love it, too!!! it is beautiful!

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    December 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    it’s gorgeous!

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    December 15, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    So very pretty. I love the colors and materials!

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    December 16, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Great wintry dress and love the story of your creative process! I’m making felt slippers from a recycled sweater tonight but at this rate I’m going to have to do it by hand. Perhaps I didn’t felt the wool enough for machine sewing. It keeps jamming the sewing machine which was already a touchy machine. Was sewing felt a breeze for you? I’m an amateur at sewing so that might be it too! Sigh. Kudos on your project!

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    December 16, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Also love the colors! Very forest fairy colors! She’s a lucky girl!

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    December 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

    It is beautiful, and she looks beautiful in it! What a lucky girl to have a mother setting such an example of creativity and craft!!!

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    Dawn Lange
    December 16, 2010 at 6:38 am

    That is gorgeous!!!

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    December 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Oh, that is so beautiful and she looks so happy!

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    December 16, 2010 at 9:01 am

    She looks beautiful!!

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    December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

    AW this dress is wonderful…I love upcycling!!! She looks like a christmas fairy :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 16, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I do have more trouble with my (also finicky) machine when I’m sewing felted wool or even polar fleece. I think it’s the thickness.

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    December 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

    This is so pretty! Nice work!

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    Kendra Stenlund
    December 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm


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    The Orchard
    December 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Really lovely!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks, everyone!!

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    December 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    That is so pretty! Any little girl would be lucky to get to wear that… and she certainly does look happy to have it. Beautiful!

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    Mary S
    December 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Wow, you made a gorgeous dress for your even more gorgeous daughter. I love it. I don’t know what felted wool means but I intend to find out. Good job.

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    January 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I am enjoying it! I love this dress. For some time now I’ve been wanting to make some special clothes for my daughter reusing some of my old clothes too, but just never seem to have the time. I also have some knits I was planning on chopping down but hadn’t thought of felting them to save them from unraveling– I appreciate the idea and wanted to say thanks :)

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