December 5, 2012

How To Make An Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress


This weekend, I went to Nashville and dressed up like a giant Christmas explosion alongside my husband, brother, cousin, and 25 of her closest friends.


My cousin (Whitney, below left) graduated law school this past week. Whitney is the closest thing I have to a sister, and I've never been so proud of someone. So of course we had to celebrate. If graduating law school doesn't spell C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E, well then I don't know what does.
And what better way to celebrate than with an ugly Christmas sweater party?


My cousin wore a sweater she has had since she was 6.
I can offer you no explanation about that.
And of course, since I like to make stuff, I decided to make an ugly Christmas dress.
What can I say....sweaters are itchy.


I hotglued two tons of ribbon and bows, and turned my favorite little black dress into a walking Christmas present (or so my aunt said).
It was really just a Target dress I've had for 2 years, 
so I didn't mind to smash hotglue and tinsel all over it.
(If you're wondering, the bows came from a thrift store and the ribbon and tinsel came from the Dollar Tree.)

Now, I'll admit....it turned out kinda cute. 
Kinda cute and very, VERY tacky.
It was also the noisiest dress ever created. 
The giant red bow had bells attached. Loud bells.
I definitely had a moment midway through the party where I found a steak knife and sawed off the bells.
Does no one own scissors anymore?!


And as if giant bells on a dress wasn't enough, I also got some jingle bell ornaments from the dollar store and  made them into earrings. They were 6 inches long. 



I was not the only one dressed up like a crazy person, either. There was tons of red-and-green awesome going on.



However, the best part of the night was making my husband wear a thrift store (womens!) sweater vest with teddy bears, ice skates, and mittens on it.


Can you tell how excited he was?
I made sure he had on a Santa tie in case he 'got hot' and took off his sweater vest. My evil plan totally worked.
I'm 98% certain Jesse wore his tie all night, even after shaking me loose and sheddin' that sweet vest.

All in all, it was a really great weekend, filled with laughter and people I love. 
And that makes me happy.


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27 comments:

  1. I literally laughed out loud at the picture of your Husband! His expression is priceless! Awesome vest dude!

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    1. hahaha! Thanks Lisa! I thought so, too! :)

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  2. What a fun way to celebrate such a great accomplishment! Congratulations to your cousin. Love the sweaters!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! It was fun indeed! I'm so proud of her! :)

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  3. Love it! We are hosting our very first ugly christmas sweater party this weekend. I cannot wait!!!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

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    1. Yay, Tami!!! It's so much fun! Have a blast!!

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  4. OK...if anyone from my area happens to read this, I'm dead! But here's my comment:
    People around here actually dress like this for holiday parties and think it's cool, chic, dressed-up!!?!?!?! What the heck? Haha!

    On the other hand, you and your hubby are so dang good lookin' you could be wearing a gunny sack and would look fantastic! :-)

    Thanks for sharing the pics :-)

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    1. Thanks Connie! Don't worry, it'll be our little secret!

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  5. You are so adorable! You pulled that tackiness off well!!

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  6. Tacky dress = high style. I'm pretty sure that's the equation.

    My son wants me to get a Christmas sweater, I like your dress so much better!

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    1. ha! Thanks Carlie! Make a dress, make a dress!! :)

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  7. I had no idea you put the dress together yourself...fantabulous!!! Poor Jesse...you totally messed up his plan and made him take a picture ;]

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    1. haha! Jessica, I TOTALLYYYYYY messed up his plan! :)

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  8. You guys rocked your outfits! Great post Virginia!! You are a fantastic writer and hot glue gunn'er, jingle bell jewelry maker!!!! So glad, you started your amazing blog, that I met you in blogland and have you as a friend!! Congrats on your almost one year anniversary!! Par-tay!!

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    1. Heather, you are just the sweetest!! Thank you! I'm so glad I met you, too, sweet friend!! :)

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  9. I can't believe you made that dress/sweater! SOOOO cute....almost not even tacky :O) almost!

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    1. hahaha! Laura Beth, so close.....SO. Close. :)

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  10. Oh yes.... oh yes. I feel a Christmas dress creation coming on! I'm so disappointed in myself that I can't make one before my Google + hangout tomorrow though. I'm thoroughly inspired. Thank you, my friend, from the bottom of my heart.

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    1. You are so very welcome, sweet friend. Do it. doitdoitdoit.

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  11. Oh, that is too dern hilarious! I LOVE it!

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  12. Whoo hoo for your cousin--and you all for celebrating in your "special" way--Thank you for sharing--I am so glad I found your blog. I have so much fun here.

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad, Grey!! That means the world to me! So happy you stopped by! xo

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  13. Work that dress! ;) Too funny! I hear ya about hot glue guns. Mine is always out and close by. lol

    Happy pre-anniversary! :)

    Julie

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie!!! Glad to know I'm not alone in my hotglue obsession! :)

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  14. You guys look so cozy in all those christmas jumpers!! They are so much fun - shows a sense of humour and irony. I might even get myself a pair of X-maschristmas jumpers leggings this year.

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