Holiday Glam

Twirled on Nov 7, 2018
simple life pattern co
Braxtons Blazer
Hand Embroidery
Nicole Roberts

Pattern Details


Inspired by the rich lustre of satin in holiday red, this ultra twirly tiered dress is the ultimate in holiday glam! Skirt tiers are embellished with gold and red trim, while the gold pique sashes have been hand embroidered with festive words of the season.


Red satin and gold brocade pique are the stars of the dress!
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Slp Co Holiday Blog Tour

When I found out that I would be part of the SLP Co Holiday Blog Tour I was thrilled!! Right after jumping up and down in excitement, the big fun began with picking fabrics, and trims and patterns oh my!!

Not only does this blog tour provide the sewing world with inspiration for their holiday sewing, it is also accompanied by an amazing 30% off sale over at Simple Pattern Life Co AND an amazing price package that includes a $50 pattern credit to SLP Co and $30 to spend at Harts Fabric!!!! Keep reading to find out how to enter!!


Deciding which of Simple Life Pattern Co's beautiful patterns to use was tricky! They have so many amazing patterns, and always add unique neckline and ruffle details that my girly heart sigh :)

For this holiday dress, I ended up using the Pearl Dress by Simple Life Pattern Co. To make the dress as dramatic from the back as it is from the front, the oversized sash from the Mila Dress sash was added for wow factor. And to keep our little model warm on cold winter nights, the Braxton Blazer was modified into a bolero for layering.

Tiered Skirt Modification

The Pearl Dress features a stunning gem neckline with shirred puffed sleeves. It also features an option for a ruffled hem on the skirt.

To up the glam factor of this dress, as well as provide a nod to my 80s childhood, I decided to modify the skirt into 3 tiers.

In order to do this, I took the measurement of the skirt piece and divided it into 3. I cut three skirt pieces in each of these lengths plus extra allowance for the hem. In order to prevent a bulky seam, I utilized a yoke on the middle and longest tiers of skirt.

Both the second and third tiers were embellished with lace trim. I hemmed each tier and then sewed on the trim prior to gathering.

Sash Modification

I love the unique and personalized touches that hand embroidery can bring to a piece. For this dress, I wanted the back to have major WOW factor. In order to achieve that, I hand embroidered the sashes with the festive words JOY and PEACE.

In order to be sure the embroidery was placed perfectly, I began by drawing the sash on the gold pique fabric. Then using an Ultra Thin Light Box Tracer, I traced the words and circle frame onto the bottom of the sash. If you do this, be sure to take the seam allowance into account when figuring out how big you want your embroidery to be!

For much of this embroidery, I used a backstitch. The leaves were created using a Lazy Daisy Stitch, while the flowers were created with a Rose Embroidery Stitch.

Using the instructions from the Mila Dress, the sash was basted to the side seams before they were sewn together. Be sure that your sash is basted on so that when tied, the words face outwards!