Tartan Reindeer Megan Dress

tilly and the buttons christmas tartan megan dressWhen this post goes up it’ll be exactly four weeks until Christmas – just where has this year gone to? It’s also my first wedding anniversary this weekend which I cannot believe either. Time has raced past like Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. But never mind that – onto the sewing!

This week I’ve made myself the ultimate Christmas Day outfit in the form of a reindeer print Megan dress from the Tilly and the Buttons Love at First Stitch Book. I’ve made this pattern a couple of times before – a baroque linen Megan dress here and a summer seersucker Megan here – and I really do like it. There are flattering darts on the front and back skirt as well as the bodice, little cap sleeves and a long zip down the back. I also know that I can cut my fabric straight from the pattern pieces and it’ll fit me perfectly! No other pattern company seems to cater for my measurements as accurately as Tilly does. Even the length of her dresses are perfect (normally I have to hack at least 5 inches off the bottom of everything!).

reindeer tartan megan dress love at first stitch

The fabric for my Christmas dress came from the Remnant House in Harrogate. I think I bought 2m of it and I’ve used nearly all of it for this dress. It’s a tartan cotton with embroidered reindeers and hearts all over it and I love it. It’s so festive and cutesy and will make my Scottish mother-in-law very happy! Unfortunately they don’t seem to stock this particular fabric on their website any more but here are a few festive alternatives:

love at first stitch megan dress

If you see me out and about in my reindeer dress this Christmas please can you compliment me on my pattern matching? Aside from a teeny misaligned stripe on the back I couldn’t have got this cut out more precisely! I love how the tartan stripes match up so well on my side seams and how they run straight down the middle from top to bottom. This was quite an easy fabric to pattern match due to all the straight lines in the tartan but it does always impress me when I get it right!

tilly and the buttons tartan megan

Have you made a dress for Christmas this year? Is it as festive as mine or have you gone more glitzy? Show me! I also recommend adding Tilly’s book, Love at First Stitch, to your Christmas wish list if you don’t already own it. I’m sure Father Christmas would be more than  happy to deliver it to you 🙂

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25 thoughts on “Tartan Reindeer Megan Dress

  1. Fab pattern matching Louise and love the reindeers. I’m also working on a Xmas Megan at the moment….great minds think alike! You’ll get so much wear out of this over the festive season I am sure!

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  2. What a cute fabric! And the fit is just perfect, I’m yet to find my perfect fitting pattern company like you seem to have 🙂 I went all out making a swishy Christmas skirt only to realise at the end that it had stretched and didn’t fit me, wahhh! I’ll blog about it one day!

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    • Oh no that’s such a shame! It’s taken me several years of sewing to realise what does and doesn’t fit… I have success with Simplicity patterns but Vogue and Burda are always way too big for me!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! And well done on the pattern matching, I’m pretty useless at that kind of thing! I love that the fabric is festive without being in-your-face Christmassy. I made a Christmas dress and skirt last year (the latter being the in-your-face-Christmas type!) but don’t think I’ll manage to make anything new this year.

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

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