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Black and White and Red all over Appleton Dress

Happy New Year! I’m starting the new year by showing you my Christmas dress and my new hair cut. My hair hasn’t been this short since I was about 9 and I’m loving it! I have super thick hair so I was worried it would look bushy too short, but luckily it doesn’t look bushy and I’m very pleased!

In other news, I really have a thing for crosshatch lately. I’ve used it to back both of my quilts and when I was deciding which fabric to choose when I won the Cashmerette Appleton Dress contest, it was a no brainer to choose the black and white crosshatch rayon jersey from Emma One Sock. It is unfortunately now sold out, but I’ve ordered from Linda twice and both fabrics are equally as fabulous so look around and see if she has anything else that catches your eye!

I made two changes from my first Appleton dress. I went up to the E/F cup size and the chest coverage is so much better. I also added 4 inches in length. For reference I’m 5′ 8″ and out of the envelope it’s not short for my liking, but it’s almost too short. I prefer knee length so I can live my life without fear of exposing my posterior.

I used a narrow zig zag stitch for the construction and made it a little wider to top stitch the sleeve and bottom hem. The fabric is beautiful, but busy so the stitching gets lost.


Are you wondering what the “red” from my title means? I was trying to figure out how to make this dress a little more festive. A beautiful wrap dress is appropriate for all occasions, but we were having family over for Christmas Eve so I wanted to be a little jollier. I painted my nails red and used the brightest red lip stick I could find. I thought it looked really nice against the sharp contrast of the black and white crosshatch.

Speaking of my fabric choice, I would like to end this post with an observation, this is the second year in a row I have used a-typical colors for my Christmas dress. Last year I used grey and this year black and white. Am I subconsciously being a scrooge? I doubt it. I just don’t look that great in red.

I’ll leave you with one last picture, I think this will be my Christmas card for next year.




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  1. Pingback: 2015 Review & Looking Ahead | Sweet Carolanne

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