A very Crafty Christmas

HO HO HO! Merry (day after boxing day) Christmas!

Were you all good? Did santa bring you all what you were hoping for? He certainly did for me. I must have been an absolute angel. A simply mahoosive sewing themed haul this year (as you can see from my pictures). 2 sewing books (including Love at first stitch, eep!), some bags of trims, a knicker kit and tote bag from ‘Sew Over it’, Buttons, Zips, an owl brooch sewing kit, a subscription to ‘Simply Sewing’, a lovely scarf, a bobbin shaped photo holder, some sewing themed chocolates, ribbon and a cute tape measure. (Phew!) plus the lovely gifts from my one and only, a fashion template sketch book, a silver necklace with a sewing machine on it and a gorgeous fifties style sewing pattern.

I feel so incredibly lucky this year. I can’t wait to get stuck in and use all my new stuff. I have already picked out which projects I’m making from my new books and have begun outlining my sewing plan for the new year. At least one garment a month, including (excitingly) a COAT!

From ‘Love at first stitch’ I have my eye on a Lilou (in some red satin), a Mimi Blouse, and a Megan dress. From ‘GBSB’ a bowling shirt, a 1960’s style coat and a shirt for my better half. I’m really trying to challenge myself in the coming year. I want a wearable wardrobe and the ability to make garments for others too. Tomorrow I’m ordering a few new patterns (Coco from Tilly and the Buttons and the Ultimate Trousers from Sew Over it) to help add to my wardrobe. Of them all, I’m most looking forward to sewing the fifties dress over the summer and most terrified of the coat.

Of course since the success of the Christmas Bettine dress I have plans for a good many more. I’m thinking some plain ones I can wear for work.

I was a busy little owl before Christmas making presents for other people. I knocked up a cheats quilt for my cousin (by binding together some ready quilted fabric and fleece), some PJs for my dad (a little big so they need some adjustments) and some PJs for my mum (these fit really well so I’ve included a pic). I also made a belt with a bow on it for one friend and some bows to go on a pair of gloves and a hat for another.

I have plenty of plans for next years presents now too, though its very much too early. Anyway, I’m off to plan out some more blog posts.

Merry Festive!





We interrupt this broadcast for some important sewing news

Firstly, apologies. It has been almost a month since I last posted anything and yes I am ashamed, but I have been busy making xmas presents (more of that after xmas). I have two blog posts waiting to go up but I have to sort photos. However, I have two weeks off over Christmas (working in a school pays off) so I promise to catch up with my blog posts. Expect normal service to resume sometime this week.

Now, the reason for my deviation from my plan is exciting I promise. I wanted to make a dress to wear on Christmas day. Something simple and comfy and festive. I started looking for the perfect pattern and once again Tilly Walnes, of Tilly and the Buttons, came to the rescue  with Bettine, a gorgeous pattern I had been longing for an excuse to buy.

I found my lovely festive fabric (dark green with rows of red tartan stags) at Kirstie’s handmade Christmas show back in November. I was good to go. I reckon in terms of hours its taken me maybe 7, from cutting out to the final press, but I have been chipping away at it for a few weeks and I’m a slow cutter. I suspect that if I had had a whole day to make it I would have been posting this significantly earlier. However, its an incredibly simple dress to make and so far super comfy. I made the version with pockets (something I’ve never done before) and cuff tabs which are super cute.

Having already made a Tilly and the Buttons pattern (I made Arielle in November, more on her to come) I was familiar with her patterns and once again found her instructions simple to follow and with fantastic photographs to help as you go along. I finished pressing the hem about half an hour ago and I’m super pleased with the result. On Christmas day she will be styled with black tights, a candy cane striped belt and red cowboy boots (and a red reindeer jumper if I get cold), Photos to follow. I might even wear her on christmas eve too. hee hee.

So if I don’t post before then, Merry Christmas! I hope you have an excellent time and eat lots of food as I shall be (hence the beauty of the elasticated waist on Bettine). Sorry no Photos today but Pics will follow after I wear her for Christmas.

all my best festive wishes,