My Eco Christmas Candy Cane Simplicity 8014

Wednesday 15 November 2023


The day after bonfire night (5th Nov) I was on it with Christmas sewing! This is my latest sew for and you can read all about it here .

I wanted to make a eco/non sparkly dress for the festive season and I thought that the candy cane idea would work after seeing this stripe fabric on the Minerva website. Sequins I read are really bad for the planet and as my daughters love a sequin, this year I thought I would opt out.

Another reason for the cotton dress is I also get so hot running around in the house when we have guests and a cool fitting, easy to wear dress with a nod to the 1940s looks a solution. Nothing slinky for me, especially when you have to pick up kids and running about. If you know, you know. Watch my video  on my sewing plans, as you can tell from my voice I was excited about this project.

I have to say, I am so pleased with this make, the fit and the style. The fabric was lovely to stitch and so soft and not at all scratchy. Just bliss to sew, I love to sew a cotton and this one is lovely.

If I was so sew this again, the only thing I would change is the hem and make it slightly longer. I used 3.2m of fabric and it was perfect. I have just a little bit left for a Christmas bag or something.

I love the belt (from New Look ages ago) I think the statement belt adds to the look. The buttons are vintage from Bianca. Go and check out her insta she is fabulous and so talented.

The link to this beautiful fabric is here  if you fancy making a Simplicity 8014 yourself. The fabric was gifted by Minerva in exchange for a review in my own words.

What other eco friendly dresses can I make for Christmas? Do let me know...

Best Wishes,

Samantha xx