Now that you’ve seen the OTT (over-the-top) version of the Lil Luxe Dress, it’s time to see it in all it’s classic splendor! As a special Christmas celebration, we went to see the San Francisco Ballet perform the Nutcracker Ballet at the War Memorial Opera House. Clearly, this meant that B would need a fancy dress that was worthy of the occasion. Luckily, the test of the Luxe Dress coincided perfectly. This dress is truly the epitome of elegance and style.
In retrospect I should not have given B the little nutcracker and mouse until after we took photos because she would not let go of them. Still, it’s a great memory of when we took the photos.
It was also very special to be able to spend the time with my side of the family!
That gorgeous woman in the middle is my lovely mother. She didn’t know that this would be going into the blog. Hi, Ma-Ma!
This dress was made with a royal navy satin with a subtle sheen. The fabric was a bit heavy but the skirt was able to handle the weight in spectacular twirl fashion. I chose to hand-stitch the horse hair braid since the blind stitch still showed more than I wanted it to. I think that part took about 45 minutes, but was well worth the effort. Feel free to look closely. 😉
The bodice is inspired by the original Alley Cat Romper. The cap sleeves are so chic and adorable on her little frame.
I thought that the red of the poinsettia plants made the blue of the dress really stand out. Check out the hint of tulle, too. To be honest, you don’t need to tulle for the skirt to have this amazing shape. This is a very different look of the dress than C’s NYE dress. Just goes to show how versatile the pattern is!
But it sure adds a feeling of grandeur. B felt like a princess in this dress. We got lots of compliments and a ton of attention as she walked by. Little girls in princess dresses stopped to gawk at B’s dress. I wish I could have gotten some photos outside the beautiful Opera House but it was just way too cold for our Southern California blood. I know Grandma and Grandpa will be chuckling about this in their subzero weather.
And now for the most stunning view of the dress in my opinion!
The scoop back! You can add buttons for added glamour. I even had these perfect pearlesent flower buttons. However, since we were going to be sitting for a couple of hours, I knew that sitting against buttons would irritate B. Speaking of comfort, the bodice is fully lined! I hand-stitched the bodice lining to sandwich the skirt so there were no seams to bug B. It’s not something you have to do, but it’s a great option if your child doesn’t like the rubbing of seams.
The Lil Luxe Dress is on SALE for a limited time! The next time Jessica is going to have a site wide sale won’t be until spring.
(Thanks for lending us the necklace Xiao-Yi!)