Plaid Christmas Charlotte Dress

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

Price: $9.99

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: and make sure you go check out some of the other Christmas dresses made from ModKid patterns!

Monday, November 30th

Rebel and MaliceHandmade Martini, Falafel and the Bee

Tuesday, December 1st

Handmade Frenzy, Kimmie Sew Crazy, Because of Brenna

Wednesday, December 2nd

Mama Says SewMade by SaraMabey She Made It

Thursday, December 3rd


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Lisa Mabey blogs at Mabey She Made It about DIY, Crafts, Home Decor, and Sewing.

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