Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ugly Sweater Blog Party

You know, I always love a good blogger party. Today, I am part of the Ugly Sweater Blog Tour organized by Petite Stitchery & Co. The official idea for the tour was to upcycle an ugly Christmas sweater into something beautiful. The problem with this plan was that I did not own anything resembling an ugly Christmas sweater. Of course I could buy one, but I felt that defeated the purpose. So, I put my own frugal spin on the challenge (after getting permission to ski off piste) and I love the result.

I first planned to use another piece of this fabric. Than I realized I was planning to sew for my middle daughter and she still fits the first dress with that fabric, I went a different route. I picked a glitter fabric from my closet, one that was originally going to be a selfish sew, and turned it into a dress. I did a little pattern mash up, I used the flutter shoulders from the Sapphire and the dress from the Mistletoe pattern (with circle skirt of course). They worked together like a charm. I even like how the backside of the fabric gives a lovely contrast to the pink. These two patterns are a killer combi!

I do not know much about ugly Christmas sweaters but I am under the impression that it is intended to be an over the top look (glitter is a nice start for an over the top look right) with some Christmas elements. I wanted to make a dress that my girl could wear in January as well (which is a bit weird with the dress I made her last year, but she pulls it off). I therefore went for a more subtle Christmas print. I decided to go for a reindeer. I once told you I salvaged some black and gold flex foil from the bin (they were somebody else's leftover and I asked permission). It was already peeled from the plastic, but I saw potential (especially because the backs had a clear distinctive color). I already successfully used it for this ghost look, and this time I used it to make the reindeer print. I feel that counts as upcycling right, it would have been thrown away. I still have a significant amount of that flex left, so it will make its appearance on the blog again.

My kids recently discovered Pixelhobby. The idea is the same as Ministeck. On the web you can find many small designs for medallions, and I used one of those pictures for the print. I had googled " pixelhobby Christmas" and quickly found this reindeer picture. With a ruler and my rotatory cutter I cut small gold and black squares (sides of half a centimeter). I put them in the right position (which was surprisingly quick) and ironed them down. One of the squares from the antler mis-positioned, but besides that, whole thing worked like a charm.

Seeing that Ugly Sweaters should be over the top, I decided to add a layer of tulle to the dress. It was a coupon that I bought from Madeline de Stoffenmadam, because I wanted to recreate this look. Needless to say, my girl loves the dress. The circle skirt and tulle combi create a perfect twirl. The glitter French Terry, that I used as main fabric is from Lillestoff and was bought at Joyfits last year.

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  1. Super cute! Echt een heel schattig jurkje met die schouderruffles en tule rok!

    1. Ik begin erg op te warmen voor die ruffles inderdaad!

  2. Wat zal ze genieten van deze jurk met de feestdagen :)

  3. Hij is prachtig! Daar gaat er hier eentje jaloers op zijn!

  4. Waar blijf je die leuke ideeën toch halen? Supermooie jurk en die pixel flex vind ik geweldig!!!

  5. Yep, my daughter would be happy with your creation too!! Especially the twirly tulle skirt. Lovely job :)

  6. I love what you did to these two patterns! And making your own Ugly Sweater...brilliant!!!