Merry Christmas {Vintage Simplicity 9008 in Outback Wife fabric}


If you sew, you probably know about Outback Wife, the range of barkcloth designed by Cathi of Gertrude Made. If you don’t, I’ve blogged about it before here. Want some? I scored mine from Voodoo Rabbit in Brisbane, but be warned, it sells out damn fast.


This particular range of barkcloth is 100% cotton, made in Japan and feels amazing. How special is this red colourway? It’s the perfect Christmas palette really, without screaming Christmas – because you can bet I’ll be wearing this baby all year round. I’ve loved this one since I first spied it on Instagram months ago. I didn’t have it pegged for a Christmas dress, but I just happened to see that Voodoo Rabbit added it to their shop a few nights ago and petrified that it would sell out, I made sure I bought some. As it turned out, it arrived super quickly and I couldn’t wait to turn it into a dress.


I decided on the Gunne Sax dress that I’ve made three times recently. I know. But it is quite an easy sew and fits well. There was no way I was risking a new pattern on this fabric. This time though, I swapped the huge paneled skirt for a more simple circle skirt – it uses less fabric and I also didn’t want to cut through the print. I know that’s weird, especially for me and especially with a floral (I’m generally not into them), but look how pretttttttty it is.


I used a vintage zipper from my stash and popped some pearl buttons on the front. They are dual purpose and help keep the front facing in place. This time it wanted to keep flipping up, which might just be the nature of the fabric. Ooh and I swapped the tie straps for slightly wider regular straps. I interfaced them this time too because the barkcloth seems to stretch out a little bit.


I’ll be wearing this beauty tomorrow when I hang out with my family on the river, as is our tradition. We’ll arrive at about 7am, have bacon and eggs on one of the BBQs down there, swim, drink cold brew coffee, laugh, eat some more and then head home for a bit of a nap by about 11am. Then in the afternoon we’ll head to my parents place for a late lunch/early dinner that will consist of seafood, ham and salad. I’ve made Malteser cheesecake for dessert. It’s far too hot here to eat a traditional Christmas dinner. How do you do Christmas in your part of the world?


Thank you for your comments, love and support, beautiful people. Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. See you again soon.




12 thoughts on “Merry Christmas {Vintage Simplicity 9008 in Outback Wife fabric}

  1. Merry Christmas! I love the dress! I’m in Northern California. Our family will have tamales and salad for Christmas (I’m sure we will also have lots of dessert.) We like to play games and have a White Elephant gift exchange with super weird gifts. It’s always very fun. Happy 2018!

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    1. Is it warm there too Natasha? I mean, I know it’s your winter. Our winter days are an average of about 20 degrees or so (68F), so still not really cold. I have been told that California’s weather is similar to ours. Have a beautiful Christmas x


  2. Your dress is SO beautiful! I’ve never used barkcloth – is it drapey? stiff? It looks like it has a nice drape and that print! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones and all the best for 2018. I’m here in Victoria BC Canada – temp is right at the freezing mark (so funny to read how you’re celebrating Christmas and seeing what you’ll be wearing!) and we’re expecting snow later today.

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  3. I love all your makes and this dress is excellent with such fabulous floral fabric (I do love a good floral).
    Your Christmas day sounds brilliant.


  4. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours. Your dress is absolutely gorgeous! I just love the fabric. Here in Herefordshire we have recently had around 10″ of snow but it has gone now. Tomorrows forcast is 6 degrees celsius with light rain. Pretty miserable for Christmas! We would love to have some of your warmth. Roll on summer!

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  5. That fabric looks luscious! Great choice for it – very festive, you are rocking those matching red lips. Merry belated Xmas – ours was pretty similar (but with a black forest cheesecake instead ;o)

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  6. Hi Katie im searching for the dress pattern but wondered if i could message you when i find and start to make for the info on the alterations you made? Im only a novice but got me some of this gorgeous fabric and would love to make this dress for myself xx


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