Even when it’s 40 degrees outside and we are sweating over our prawns, us Aussies like to hope, that by some festive miracle, snow is going to fall on Christmas Eve. The Swing Sesh Christmas Ball is appropriately themed ‘White Christmas’, complete with hazers and paper snowflakes, and given my usual preference for black or red I decided I probably have to make something more evocative of a European winter’s night.
Does it have to be white? Swing dancing events usually means dressing slightly vintage, but even the most stunning 30’s or 50’s evening dress ends up looking faintly… bridal.
I started thinking of some other festive colour combos, with the proviso that I have to able to wear the dress again after Christmas. So no red/green, but red/white is pretty versatile, right? Spotlight and Lincraft were a bust on pretty fabrics, but Ikea turned up trumps with a lovely heavier-weight cotton.
I love that slightly baroque floral print! The pattern I found in an op-shop; it’s from 1959. It has a lace overlay yoke which I am not completely sold on yet, but if I can find some nice off-white netting or lace I might do it. Otherwise I will make the full-skirt version in a strapless style.
The white taffeta I was thinking of using as lining… but it might make the whole affair boiling hot! I can’t rule out the possibility that it will be a scorching night.