The Christmas Dress
I good friend of mine that has done so much for me and my sewing career, Ruby Randall, asked me to make her a colonial gown. At first I freaked out, matching plaid on that big of a scale could be tricky if at all possible. She assured me I could do it and it did not have to be perfect. I also need to say she is a beautiful model and wants to take the dress to Scotland for a photo shoot.

Leslie Ruby Randall

Leslie Ruby Randall Photo by Sharon Caraway

Original Dress Photo

We found a pattern that was close to what she wanted  and then she bought her fabrics. This was not my first big colonial gown so I knew all of the work that was involved.

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I tried my best to match the print and stay true to the pattern.

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We used her mothers vintage lace. Ruby and her mother were best friends and a few years ago her mother passed away. Using the lace from her mom meant a lot to her.

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Pleats, gathering and matching plaid. Then to my surprise the under skirt is a separate part of the dress. It looks pretty funny with no underskirt.

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Here is the back of The Christmas Dress.

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Side By Side Replica.

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