If you’re like me, you start thinking about Christmas dresses about now…or maybe a couple of weeks ago if you’re not a procrastinator. Couple that with a girl who just keeps getting taller, and it was time to get sewing–a Charlotte Dress.
I was invited to be part of the Merry ModKid blog tour, and got to pick out a cute pattern for a Christmas look. I took one look at the Charlotte Dress and Jacket pattern, and knew it was the one for me.I love how it has a vintagey look with the button placket and lace at the collar.
In case you hadn’t noticed already, I rarely use traditional colors for holidays–especially for clothing. I just don’t want to wear things once or twice and be done with them, so my holiday look today is a beautiful blue and cream plaid. It pairs beautifully with the Charlotte Dress.
And while its a beautiful fabric, it was a bear to sew with. I’ve had it in my stash for a couple of years and I don’t know what its made out of but its thin and slippery so cutting was a nightmare. But luckily it all turned out in the end. I paired it with a vintage lace to accentuate the beautiful bodice detail on the Charlotte dress, and couldn’t be more happy with it.
I made the View D Jacket in a size 4 with a few changes:
- Shortened the sleeve to 3/4
- Changed it to dress length
- Added a simple gathered skirt by using 2 back pieces (lengthened) instead of the front/side sections and attached it like the other views.
- Shortened the belt straps by 2″ each
Charlotte Dress Pattern Details:
Pattern Name and Designer: Charlotte Dress and Jacket from ModKid
Pattern Options: 4 Sleeve options (flutter, short, cuffed, or long, bubble). 2 Skirt options. Dress and jacket options.
Size Range: 2T-12
Size I Made: 4 with added length for my tall girl and shortened belt straps
What I Like: The front bodice detail is beautiful. I really like the look of the short sleeve too, but opted for the straight jacket sleeve since I love the clean look. I also love the belted look.
What I Don’t Like: The bodice is big. Its designed to be that way so the tie can pull it all back, but I’d size down next time so there isn’t so much room in the bodice. (The size chart told me to make a 6 but her chest measurement was closest to the 2–I split the difference with the 4, but would make the 3 next time for her.)
Modifications: (see above)
Would I Sew it Again: Yes, particularly the bodice. I’m contemplating making Brynley a smaller version right away.
What do you like about the Charlotte Dress and Jacket? Would you like to win one? Enter the giveaway below or use code MERRYMODKID25 for 25% off your entire order on the Modkid Etsy store, valid Monday 11/30 through Friday 12/04 at midnight EST.
Get your pattern here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/modkid and make sure you go check out some of the other Christmas dresses made from ModKid patterns!
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Love the colors. Maybe that is just because I love navy. But this is great, you can pop in any color. This makes me motivated. I cut out dresses last year, just need to finish sewing them up! Better do it before my girls get too tall!
Navy is so classic! And you’re right about the color pop. I was looking for navy accessories for her hair, but then realized I liked the rust and mustard with it more than just navy! I hope you get your dresses finished!
I love that dress and the colors that you used.
Thank you Isabel!
Adorable! Love the non traditional color and vintage look.
Thanks Diane! Non-traditional is my favorite.
What a cute dress. I’m new to sewing so I would pick out easy patterns if I were to win. I’d love to make some dresses for my granddaughters.
Thank you Cindy. Easy dresses are often my favorite. 😉
Oh I love plaid dresses, my granddaughters may have a new dress in plaid for their Christmas..Hmm I think a trip to Jo-Ann’s is in order !
Thanks for the chance to win !!
Jo-Ann is a happy place. 🙂 I hope you found some great plaid!
What a beautiful dress! I have two granddaughters who would look sweet in this pattern! You did a fantastic job.
Thank you so much, Mrs. T.
I love this dress! The bodice is gorgeous. Plus, your fabric choice was perfect.
If I got this dress pattern, I would definitely get to work on making my 4 year old daughter a new dress, she’s growing out of all the dresses she currently has.
Aww, thank you Maria. Those little ones grow so quickly, it seems like we’re always making something for them!
I LOVE everything about this dress!
Thank you Ashley!
Slippery and plaid seems like such a hard combination!! Your result is stunning though. I’m on a navy kick lately, so that got me right away. I like the details of the jacket used for a dress too.
Yes, it was tricky, but so worth it. I’m loving navy right now too.
Such a BEAUTIFUL dress!
Thank you Courtney!
I love what you did with the lace on this dress. And though I’m sure the plaid wasn’t so fun to work with, the result is so beautiful.
Thanks Emi! The plaid itself wasn’t bad, just the shifty nature of the substrate. But I love how it turned out.
This is so cute. I’d love to make one for my grand daughter.
Thank you Mary.
This is so adorable!
Such a gorgeous dress, model and pictures! Love it all!
Thank you Olga!
Very cute! Great review also. Thank you.
Thank you! I want my reviews to be helpful, so I appreciate you telling me so.
adorable dress and model! Great job!
Thank you Amy!
Very pretty! Love the combination of classic style and unconventional color choice!
Thank you Carol! I love the classic style too.
Oh this is a perfect holiday dress!
Thank you Yvon!
Just love the classic style of this dress…alittle bit vintage with some modern thrown in….
Yes! Thank you so much for a sweet comment.
Love what you’ve done with it!
Aww, thanks Melissa!
Love this dress! Gorgeous!
Thank you Robin!
This is SUPER cute! Its hard to find dresses like this anymore!
Thanks Darlene! I really is.
I actually gasped when I saw this dress! So perfect. It is so frustrating to sew with a crummy fabric, but your persevered and it looks wonderful!!
Oh my–you just made my day! Thank you so much!
This dress absolutely beautiful!! You are so amazing Lisa, I wish I could sew like you!
Thank you so much, Kaysi! That means a lot to me.
This dress is gorgeous. Would love to win this pattern!
Thank you Laurie!
Gorgeous dress and beautiful photos.
Aww, thank you Michelle.
May I ask why kind of material you made this dress out of? I love it!!
Hi Emily, It was a mystery woven from a thrift store, so I’m not sure exactly. I’m guessing it’s a polyester/rayon blend. It’s pretty shifty to work with. I hope that helps!
Did you check all your links? Falafel and the Bee linked to hard core port – not cool!