Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas


Here is an update on what I’ve been sewing lately. 

A lot of bird ornaments.  I had plans for a few dozen.  Made a single dozen.  IMG_0542 (1280x853)

Gold dress.  Size one.  My dear friend named her darling baby Goldie.  She must have known a little gold dress was coming at some point.  The goldenrod silk dupioni was stashed from a wedding party I worked on a decade ago.  IMG_0539 (1280x853)

IMG_0532 (852x1280) Snow White.  Lu wears either Belle or Cinderella most days.  I wash Belle at least every other day.  We added Snow White into the rotation.  (Hoping to make a mini Rapunzel during January or February.)  Lu got her for Christmas.  She was thrilled, put it on right away, and didn’t take it off again.  IMG_0529 (853x1280)



Two of these smocked ornaments.  Really, these are so fun and the options are endless.  I love that if you sew contrasting fabrics you get the diamonds alternating.  They are just so much dang work to get the quality I expect and like.  I have three more ready for beading that I’m going to try to do for next winter.  IMAG0791 IMG_0547 (1280x853)

Yes, I’m taking pictures from the dirty laundry.  Here is that velour skirt I mentioned a few posts back.  Bird wears it with cute striped leggings I made to coordinate some t-shirts I bought.IMG_0544 (1280x853)


This is another skirt I made for Bird to go with a RTW t-shirt and leggings or tights. She has worn it once and the ruffles are already snagged in places (center front).  I don’t think it will last long but I got the ruffles on sale for a really good price and they are so easy to sew I don’t mind a short life.IMG_0543 (853x1280)

And last, I made myself a Christmas outfit.  I made the skirt Saturday night before Christmas because I found the ruffles on sale for a good price.  At 10:30 I realized I liked my skirt but didn’t really have a proper shirt to go with it so I make up some stashed fabric in one of the blouse patterns I made recently.  My mom gifted the stashed fabric to me a couple of years ago.  She bought it while she was in Vietnam.  I think it is likely a silk/cotton blend.  The biggest problem was that she bought it from a street vendor and the sun had faded portions of it.  I ended up cutting around a lot of faded parts but made it work.  IMG_0548 (853x1280)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Finery

Today was the first time the kids put on their Christmas Finery.  The girls dresses are both a bit big in the bodices.  They are narrow little people.  I’m not sure I’m going to alter them though because the silk won’t be forgiving to take out stitching later.  They’ll be able to wear them for a while.  Maybe even a little next Christmas.  Brother wasn’t thrilled with his bowtie last night but after wearing it today declared it is fun and cool to wear a bowtie.  Phew.  I think I’ll clean/repaint my door this week.  

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