Peppermint Stick Holiday Frock GROSGRAIN GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

November 26, 2009

I'm so jealous of Melody.

She looks so good in this holiday dress. I'd love to wear something like this to a Christmas party I was hosting. I should make a maternity version (not fitted of course:) and have a party as an excuse to wear it.


The dress is made from a stretch poplin, heavier weight cotton material. The color is crisp, "white as snow" white. It is contrasted by a peppermint striped grosgrain sash that ties at the waist.


It looks fairly simple, but to me it's special because it is the FIRST fitted skirt piece I've ever made.


I wouldn't call it a 'tulip' skirt, more like a 'pencil'. If there was one thing I would change, it would be the length. I would want it to reach past her knees by an inch or two and taper to a point at the hem. But other than that it looked very similar to my original sketch.


Brian and I were talking about the Shabby Apple Dresses and noting how some of them are fitted. And it dawned on me that I've never made a fitted dress. Not that it's more difficult, in fact, it was a lot easier and used a lot less fabric. I just don't favor fitted dresses but this one makes me want to make a dozen more.



I added a ruffle to the neckline and ends of the sleeves.The sleeves are very fitted and shows off a demure arm. I think my sister would look good in this dress too. Both Melody, Channy and Abi are very slim and slight.


I'd say this dress looks 'sophisticated' but still 'youthful'. I really like how the sash POPS out from the white color of the dress.


I really whipped this dress up super fast! I was impressed with the amount of time it took. I started it on Tuesday and put the finishing touches on it as Melody came in the door.



I worked on it while Molly took her naps and all together I put only 3 hours into it. That includes creating the pattern, cutting the material and of course sewing it together.



Melody emailed me her measurements but I was so in a hurry I just started it without looking twice. I was shocked when she came down the steps with everything looking fitted and right.


I really liked the stretch poplin material. I would use it again for a pencil skirted dress. It's a heavier weight material which looks more expensive than say....broadcloth and it's very forgiving in terms of fit. I wouldn't use it with an A-line because of its stretch but for a dress like this it was PERFECT!


This frock looks great with a cup of hot cocoa and a peppermint stick to swizzle with.





I was so fortunate that Melody, Brian's younger sister who's home from college, was willing to help me out modeling the dress. As you might have noticed I've been enlisting friends and family into my obsession.


They've all been so wonderful and I must say they've all been very photogenic! Take Melody here. I would describe her smile as 'sparkling'. And she looks so cheerful and pleasant in every photo, not surprising since she's pretty much like that in person as well.


I like using people other than myself. I think it adds some variation to Grosgrain. I think, if possible, I'd like to keep using more friends even after the baby is born.


I just realized I never told all of you what I'm having. I think I mentioned how awkward it was announcing the fact that I was pregnant. Don't worry announcing the gender went much better.





But I want to tell you all in separate post. I just haven't figured out how I want to say it. Perhaps I will get too busy in these upcoming months and I'll announce it when I post the first photo.


I would say this dress would fit a size 2 to 5.


If you'd like to win this dress just link to this post either using the 'create a link' at the bottom of this post or
simply creating a post on your blog and including this link.


If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link at the top. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post.


If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.


Update!!
While creating a link is still the only requirement for entering a giveaway, leaving a comment along with your link makes it much easier to find your entry. This is most
ly due to the fact that blog roll links often show up in my search for entries and can be difficult to sort through.

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90 {comments}:

Cherry Blossoms said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Thanksgiving! I blogged here:
http://peonieblossoms.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-and-candy-canes.html

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Kitty said... Best Blogger Tips

I added a link to my blog.
www.liquidambarstudio.blogspot.com
contact@liquidambarstudio.com

(I voted for you too.)

Lapetitemort said... Best Blogger Tips

This one is amazing! You are so talented. =)

I linked & loved!

LPM

Monica June said... Best Blogger Tips

I blogged about it here:

http://thechicboutique.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html

~Monica

Monica June said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Thanksgiving! O my gosh, I am a size 2-5! I would love to win that for Christmas!

enter me please!

~Monica

Monica June said... Best Blogger Tips

I tweeted about it too!

http://twitter.com/MJDiva95/status/6087088798

~Monica

Carmen said... Best Blogger Tips

Very lovely!

http://hostetlers.blogspot.com/2009/11/have-you-ever-heard-of-blog-grosgrain.html

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

This is so so gorgeous!

Twittered it!

Serena said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful dress!! Do you sell your patterns by any chance?

Happy Together said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked :)

http://ohsohappytogether.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html

pistolpackinmama said... Best Blogger Tips

Linked. This dress is just lovely.

Cynthia said... Best Blogger Tips

It's beautiful! I love the neckline. Being a chubby chick, I could never carry off that look but it looks stunning on her. Another beautiful piece!

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the dress, I linked it here:
http://labellebellevie.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-holiday-dress-giveaway.html

Contact: stephanielabellevie@gmail.com

Good luck =)

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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This would be fun to wear for the holidays
linked

Jo - To a Pretty Life said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not entering this giveaway because there is no way on earth that dress would fit me ;-) But I just wanted to say that this dress is drop-dead-gorgeous! I love the sleeve and neckline ruffles.

Jennifer O. said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is so totally cute!

Grace Wong said... Best Blogger Tips

blogged
http://sugarrosies.blogspot.com/2009/11/holiday-frock-giveaway.html
shou.milk@gmail.com

Tanner ♥ Chaya said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked!
www.tannerandchayaallen.blogspot.com

April said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is stunning! And conveniently my size. :o) I would gladly wear this to any holiday event. I linked to it on my website: http://www.bridgestoblessings.com in the links on the sidebar.

rino said... Best Blogger Tips

i link at rinosyr.wordpress.com (see the sidebar!)
nice dress!

April said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh and I just wanted to add... this dress is really versatile. You could change out that ribbon belt and wear it for just about any occasion. Definitely my kind of outfit!

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

Holiday Link Love!

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

ok, I was just blog hopping and landed here. . . . . would you create another dress if I paid you for one? I absolutely love everything about it. It is fantastic! Your whole website has such terrific items, and I would love, love, love to own one of these dresses!! My email is bethrustand at gmail

THANKS!!!

Breanne said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful!

I blogged here:
http://breanneandsteve.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html

Carissa Rasmussen said... Best Blogger Tips

I blogged on my design blog belezadesigns.blogspot.com and my personal blog carissarasmussen.blogspot.com! I love white dresses, especially pencil skirt, fitted, sexy ones:)

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

http://phesine.blogspot.com/2009/11/grograin-giveaways.html

I love the ruffled neckline. But how on earth would I keep the dress white?

4ourgirlz said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW is all I can say gorgeous clean crisp~elegant. Just the way Christmas should look..

JQ

Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress for the holiday season. Your talent is amazing!

kristen said... Best Blogger Tips

hello!! I blogged about this lovely giveaway...and the charm design! (2 in 1...is that cheating) ;) thanks for the opportunity!
http://kristenmcashan.com/?p=270

kristen

Courtney Price said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't want that dress... I wouldn't fit... I need an 8-10, but I DO want the pattern :) And it would be perfect just below the knee :)

Cheri said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so in love with this adorable dress! It's perfect! I put a link on my blog cherandster.blogspot.com

Tyler said... Best Blogger Tips

I love everything about this dress.. You are UNREAL!

Adventures in Dressmaking said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I love white dresses! Yes, fitted dresses take way less fabric and are easy to make, and can be tailored/adapted to specific measurements.

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

Totally gorgeous! Created a link here:
http://fabrogers.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html

HeidiGrace said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome dress! I linked to it!
Heidi~

heidi-grace.blogspot.com

janil said... Best Blogger Tips

So elegant and pretty!!!

6p0120a5445775970c said... Best Blogger Tips

i linked to it!

~ashley

http://lensandneedle.typepad.com/lens-and-needle/2009/11/oh-so-super-cute.html

Lace said... Best Blogger Tips

Soooo beautiful! I would go looking for places to wear this puppy! SO SO Cute!

here's my link!~http://laceyinloveblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-holiday-dress-giveaway.html

Chacoy pronounced: Sha-coi said... Best Blogger Tips

It is absolutely Beautiful:)
VOTED!! Good Luck:}

KelsyC said... Best Blogger Tips

I would be honored to wear this to a holiday party. It is SO beautiful. I love ALL of your work!
http://jillofalltrades-acraftymomsworld.blogspot.com/
All linked up and ready to go!

Nuts To You! said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! The belt is really the perfect topping:)
Shawna

Eyeglasses & Endzones said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute little dress for sure!!!! Love the belt!

ApachesPrincess said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this dress! Would wear it often! Thanks for the giveaway :) I linked to it on my Sunny Side Up blog!

Peldyn said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked on my blog

http://style-on-a-shoestring.blogspot.com

Such a cute dress and it is my size :) I have no hopes of winning since I have never won anything, but I entered anyways. The dress is too cute NOT to try!

Brittney aka Milmomma said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the dress! I could so fit that! voted for ya and linked ya to my blog- http://brittsscrappyworld.blogspot.com/

Jinii said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the dress and created a link!

Calico Prairie said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely LOVE your white dress! Wonderful talent!

bids2calvin said... Best Blogger Tips

Think it would be festive and lovely. Posted a link at bids2calvin.blogspot.com

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

Here's hoping for a new dress to go home for the holidays in!

http://nicknkelly.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html?zx=e9724e824a15fa25

Marissa said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your blog, and I love this dress! I linked!

Candace said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is fabulous!

blogged about it!

candace.mercer@gmail.com

Deece said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love this dress! I did not enter the giveaway, but I'm wondering if you have a pattern for it? I would totally buy this pattern from you. Although I'd need a larger size...hahaha

monica said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! You did an amazing job!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

http://carrieandtonyrozier.blogspot.com/2009/12/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html

linked! Carrie

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it and I linked it!!! :)

jamie said... Best Blogger Tips

love it and tweeting it!

MCC said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so deliciously pretty! I blogged about it here:

http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2009/11/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock_26.html

The Paries said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable. I love it. It would be really cute as maternity as well.

Jessica :) said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope I'm not too late! I'd really love to enter this. It's a gorgeous dress! http://harwoodharbor.blogspot.com/2009/12/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html

Jilliebeanie said... Best Blogger Tips

So lovely! Linked to my blog here:

http://spoilsofwear.blogspot.com/2009/12/grosgrain-giveaways-galore.html

Nikki said... Best Blogger Tips

Love, love, love!!
I created a link on my sidebar:
http://naturesheirloom.blogspot.com/

LuLu said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this dress, very refreshing. I linked, www.knitsandreads.blogspot.com

Caitlin said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted a link!

Head Nurse or Patient- you be the judge said... Best Blogger Tips

CUTE CUTE CUTE- ever make different sizes? Like 10?

Olivia said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi!

Linking didn't work for us, so here is the link to our post:

http://one-beloved.blogspot.com/2009/12/grosgrain-fabulous-giveaway.html

WE LOVE THIS DRESS! You are soo talented. =)

~lucia & Olivia

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Just a lovely design! I blogged it! I appreciate that your dresses are the perfect size for us leggy, skinny girls -- it is sooo hard to find clothes that fit and skirts that reach the knees during the holidays. It seems like the only dresses I can find barely cover my undies these days! :)

Katy said... Best Blogger Tips

What a darling dress!
http://everythingthatinspiresme.blogspot.com/2009/12/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html

sarajane said... Best Blogger Tips

I need a new frock for the holidays! I love it!

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips

I featured this post on my blog about women who do amazing things. You can read the post here.

Annie said... Best Blogger Tips

Darling, darling, darling. What talent!

I posted a link! Here it is: http://talonandanniewebb.blogspot.com/2009/12/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html. Our blog is private, but your FAQ's said that was ok!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked to you (sarahjeanbrazee.blogspot.com). I really need a new dress... I'm a law student right in the middle of finals. And I just lost 10 lbs from being sick from being in law school sooo.... please... validate me. :)

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

i blogged about it....now I should WIN! :)

amandaberns.blogspot.com

Seth, Juli and Rocco said... Best Blogger Tips

HaPpy HoLiDaYS!!!
You're amazing! This is the greatest CHristmas Dress I've come across so far! LoVe iT!!!
I know you don't know me, but I'm super glad I came across your giveaway. I blogged about your amazingness at
www.SethandJuli.Blogspot.com
Thanks!

GooberDiva13 said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope the giveaway is still going on: http://daveosarah.blogspot.com/

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

I could always try and make this but I know it wouldn't be nearly as beautiful! My hubby loves me in white, so I'm hoping I win it for him! THANKS!

www.bradandbrittany.blogspot.com

The Lewis Family said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked but never commented, sorry for only do half the job. Here is the link
www.myplugs.blogspot.com :)
~C

The Glass Hen said... Best Blogger Tips

How beautiful this is! You are great with your designs :)

nic said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this dress! I linked to it here: http://domesticatedsophisticate.blogspot.com

nic said... Best Blogger Tips

Or, here is the exact address: http://domesticatedsophisticate.blogspot.com/2009/12/fabulous-frock.html

{littlefam} said... Best Blogger Tips

what a fun party hostess dress!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is amazingly gorgeous! I added a giveaway link in my blog: www.monkey-george.blogspot.com

heidikundin[at]yahoo[dot]com

Joy @ SAH Missionary said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, I linked at my blog. I so so so hope I win! You are genius!!
Here's my link:
http://sahmissionary.blogspot.com/2009/12/giveaway-entry.html

Blessings!
Joy

Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked! But my blog is private, if you'd like an invite let me know! Love Love Love the dress. It's just what I've been looking for!

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! Hoping this will be my lucky break. CHeck it out on my blog "As Happy as a Turtle on a Conveyor Belt."

Love your stuff oodles!!

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips

very nice!

Secret Life of a WAHM said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it!!!

I created a link on my blog.

http://secretlifeofawahm.blogspot.com/2009/12/peppermint-stick-holiday-frock.html

Alissa said... Best Blogger Tips

I am hoping you will create that maternity version soon too!

Rizwan said... Best Blogger Tips

superb i like white dress you are looking so beautiful thanks for posting
Pegasos world

Eugene said... Best Blogger Tips

And again I was too late for a give away, can you send me an email before the next one starts? Cheers. IT Support London

 
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