Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

7 Days of Holiday Party Dresses: Kelly's rich purple wrap dress

Welcome to the first post in my holiday dress inspiration series, 7 Days of Holiday Party Dresses! Today Kelly from Sewing in No Man's Land shares a gorgeous bright shirtdress from a pattern she drafted herself! (She has a tutorial for this pattern here!)

This dress was inspired by glamorous Christmas parties. I have always wanted to go to a holiday party where everyone is dressed to the nines, a band is playing and glasses are clinking. Oddly, with four cuties in tow, I have never been to such a party. But with this dress hanging in my closet, I am ready to go should the occasion ever arise! Luck favors the prepared, right? Maybe this year will be the year.

It is not a particularly difficult dress to sew, just a simple wrap dress, but it does take a good three yards of fabric. I love that there are no zippers or buttons to mess with and absolutely adore a dress with pockets. 

I have only ever made this dress out of cotton and cotton blends. It needs a nice crisp fabric to keep the structure. I have toyed with the idea of making a floor-length one, and may do so if we get invited to a New Year's Eve party here in Paris (fingers crossed and tossing hints!)!

This dress is the perfect canvas for a statement necklace, which is really fun during the holidays! The pattern is called "The Merry And Bright Dress" and is available on Craftsy here.

Thank you so much Suzannah for including me in such a talented group of ladies and happy holidays and happy dress making to all you lovely readers!

Thanks, Kelly!
Readers, stay tuned for the rest of the holiday party dresses series this week and next! 


  1. That dress is STUNNING! I am nowhere near on that level with my sewing. So jealous!!

  2. Oh my goodness! The first dress in your series and I'm already in love! It's purple! I can't wait too see the rest in your lovely series.

  3. That purple is amazing. Can't wait to see all the holiday dresses in this series!

  4. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! The colour, the stiffer drape, the bow, everything!

  5. luscious I really would wear this and Im not young, nicest I have see.

  6. Beautiful color and I adore the bow.




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