My Twinkly Christmas Dress

When it comes to Christmas dresses, I’ve found the choices to be rather slim – or brief, to be exact. Last year I needed something festive to wear to a children’s Christmas Party. The only festive outfits I could find were of the skimpy/after hours/in-private variety. Hardly appropriate! (“Mummy, why can I see Mrs Claus’ undies?”) SO, I found a second hand red dress, pictured on the left, and transformed it into the dress on the right:

It even lights up!

This is how I did it:

1. Stitched white fur trim to the collar, pockets and hemline.

2. Replaced the buttons with gold bells

3. Unpicked an opening in the hem and threaded plastic garden reticulation hose all the way around, inside the hem.

4. Decorated a pair of red shoes with bells and plastic holly.

5. Fortunately the dress had an extra lining skirt underneath. To this I safety pinned 5 novelty flashing Christmas necklaces.

And there you have it; a Christmas Dress that flashes in a child friendly/G-Rated kinda way…

More of my Christmas Crafts:

Santa Treat Bag

Santa Marionette

Christmas Cookies

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24 Responses to My Twinkly Christmas Dress

  1. This is so cool & festive! I’ve featured you this week as one of the Craftastic link party favorites. Thanks for linking up!!

  2. You are wildly creative, inventive and awesome!

  3. Melanie says:

    :) Cute! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday! Merry Christmas!


  4. Rebecca says:

    That’s so fun, don’t know if I’d be brave enough to wear it though

  5. Just Jaime says:

    SO cool! What a great idea! My friend has a festive outfit contest at her party every year and this would have won!

  6. So clever! Great use of resources to create something fun for the holidays.

  7. Oh my! How fun!!!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  8. Stephanie says:

    This is amazing! I found it through a link up party that I found through pinterest. This is so creative!! I love it!! I want to go out now and find a dress to make for me!!

  9. Jill says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! What genius to use garden retic hose for the hem – and the flashing necklace under the skirt – brilliant! I’m pinning this one for next year!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Terrie M says:

    I found you from Homework: Inspiration Board.

    I just had to look at your dress and I LOVE IT!!!! Enjoy wearing it!

  11. This is so great! You’ll be the hit of the holiday party – I just LOVE it! Thanks for sharing at Sass’s Sunday salvation Show.

  12. This dress is so fun! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

  13. Amy says:

    This turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Wow, wow, wow! You’re dress is cute enough without the lights, but that is incredible. I bet the kids loved it! I’m so glad you shared this at Etcetorize.

  15. Jamie says:

    AWESOME! Absolutely incredible!! Thanks so much for linking up to Make Yourself Monday!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  16. Janlynn says:

    Your dress is brilliant! So creative. I have to go to the Goodwill and look for a red dress.
    Merry Christmas!

  17. Shut the front door! This is so fun & creative. I’ll just be picking my jaw up off the desk now . . .

    Warmly, Michelle

  18. MiaB says:

    This is sooo creative. You’re a genius!!! Stopping by from the Sunday Showcase.


  19. Sharon says:

    Spectacular! A girl needs at least one dress in her wardrobe with party lights…

  20. OH MY GOD. THIS IS SO CUTE!!!!!!

    I just squealed and called my friend over. One can never have too much fun light up stuff during the holidays and this is just adorable. I love silly things and this is right up my alley. I may have to make something like this in the future. :)

  21. beberouge says:

    So clever it looks great and so festive too!!!

  22. -Anne- says:

    how cute.. I bet the real Mrs. Clause would be jealous… hehehe

  23. Very Creative!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

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