A dress for Mrs Claus

Just before Christmas I made myself a new Staple dress. When I finished the dress I showed it to my husband. He said that if I added some fur I would have looked like Mrs Claus.

Please allow me to disagree!


The fabric is Lisette Cotton Sateen that I picked up from a clearance shelf at my local Spotlight. Red is my favourite colour. I also loved the floral print. I thought this fabric looked festive enough but not too Christmassy so I could wear my new dress any day. My selfish sewing confidence is still very low. I did not want to spend too much on fabric I could ruin. 


After sewing my first Staple dress I knew I wanted to make a few small changes. While making this dress I actually 'married' two sizes in one dress. I kept the bodice part of the dress size S but widened the skirt part to size M. The adjusted shape feels more comfortable to wear than my first attempt.


I thought that the neckline on my first dress was too wide so I played around a little and made it smaller. And yes, I still feel like an idiot posing for photos!


I have heard plenty of stories of shirring gone wrong so I must admit I was not in a hurry to try it. However this time I decided it was time. I was surprised how easy shirring was! Or maybe it was the case of "first time lucky".


My first Staple dress did not have pockets. This one does! I should have tried the dress on before sewing the pockets in. I think I placed them too high which did not leave enough room for a few more rows of shirring. 

After a remark from my husband I was really unsure about the dress so decided to wear it to work the following day and check what my co-workers though. They laughed at my husband's comment and reassured me I did not look like Mrs Claus in my new Staple dress. 

What do you think?

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  1. Gorgeous Jenya - red looks so good on you!! I hope your confidence has lifted a bit - you've done a great job :)

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    1. Thank you Renee. Yes I do feel a little better now. In fact, I have made three more tops for myself after this dress, and I find that with every new item my confidence increases. Adult things are so much bugger than kids clothes! I find it somewhat intimidating :)

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  2. You look great - nothing like Mrs Claus. The dress really suits you :)

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I avoided red for years! Now I can't get enough of it :)

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  3. I love it, it looks wonderful on you and the changes you made make a lot of sense to me. Shirring is easy, I think some peoples machines can play up but so long as yours works with the elastic you have, it couldn't be an easier technique. You are such an accomplished sewist, I hope your self sewing confidence is rising x

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    1. Thank you Shell. I definitely find that I feel better about sewing 'bug girl' things less intimidating with every new make. It actually is really addictive! Sounds like I am lucky to have a cooperative machine when it comes to shirring! One of the things I want to make for myself in the near future requires shirring also :)

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  4. It looks great! Well done and love the fabric - nothing Mrs Claus whatsoever in my opinion (unless that is your last name of course ;-) .

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    1. Thank you very much :) No, my last name is not Mrs Claus... unless this is something my husband forgot to mention!

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  5. Not at all like Mrs Claus, Jenya. You look fabulous!!! You might feel funny posing for photos but it doesn't show.

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    1. Thank you Pam. I am hoping posing for photos will get easier after a while. I just don't know what to do with myself! My body feels awkward!

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  6. No you don't look like Mrs. Claus LOL The dress is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Debbie :) I feel a little silly about letting a comment that was obviously a joke shake my confidence so much :)

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  7. Husbands never know best! And certainly not in this case. You look great, the dress looks fantastic and your selfish sewing confidence can be way up!

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    1. Thank you Mieke. My husband is very handy when it comes to IT things and uploading photos. Maybe not giving feedback about my sewing hehehe Although he is usually nice :)

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  8. If Mrs. Claus looks like that, Santa is one lucky guy! :)

    I am loving your selfish sewing posts!

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    1. hahaha Thank you Jodi :) I feel very weird posting about things I make for myself. It is not like I don't know how to sew a few pieces of fabric together. It feels like I am starting all over again to some extent. Making my attempts public feels weird, but I am so grateful for support and encouragement from my sewing friends.

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  9. I think you are the most beautiful Mrs Claus ever ;) You look great. Such a beautiful dress! And you are pretty as always!

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    1. Thank you Annika :) I have worn this dress a few times already and I feel better about it every time I wear it. I just should not let my husband's cheeky comments change the way I feel about the things I make :)

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  10. Well you would have made a cute Mrs. Claus, but this dress really can be worn any times of the year! It is pretty and fits you well. Great job, and you should have more confidence!

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    1. Thank you Annie. After sewing little things for my daughter things I make for myself seem so big! It is not like I have no idea how to sew, it feels weird doing it on a different scale, if this makes any sense!

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  11. Mrs Claus??!! No way! You look lovely!

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    1. Thank you :) I really was hoping no one else would think I was going for the Mrs Claus look hehe

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  12. More suitable for Hawaii than the north pole! It's adorable.

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    1. Thank you Justine :) Just reading Hawaii makes me want to go on a holiday!

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  13. your dress is beautiful Jenya. Why Mrs. Claus, because is red? To me is more like Hawaii, it has white flowers. Maybe was a seasonal thought, haha.

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    1. Yes because of the colour :) Hawaii sounds better ;)

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  14. I think this is a beautiful dress and it fits you lovely.

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    1. Thank you Magda. It is so comfy to wear! I am all abut comfy :)

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  15. I think you look gorgeous. Well done!

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    1. Thank you very much Jane :) It feels so nice to be able to wear something I made myself!

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