Homemade Christmas 2015 and other festive projects
For the last 4 years, my family has had a 'Homemade Christmas'. We only give homemade presents (for the adults, we do buy presents for the kids or that would just be mean!). Coming from a family of knitters, sewists and crocheters, the quality of gifts has got better each year, and being a tiny bit competitive, I have felt the pressure to up my game.
I am most proud of the Slouchy Gilet from Simple Sew (free pattern with Love Sewing magazine) that I made for my Mum. It was a bit of a nightmare to sew to be honest, I found the instructions confusing and it was made in jersey with an open-ended zip which were both tricky to work with. I used a medium weight jersey knit from Abakhan fabrics in Manchester with a large dogtooth design, and I'm pretty chuffed with the result:
I made a tweed patchwork scarf (pattern from Love Sewing magazine) for my Dad, using fabric cut from old trousers and skirts from a local charity shop:
My sister has started going to the gym regularly, so I was excited when I found the gym bag pattern in the Cath Kidston Sew book. I used a lightweight denim with a circle design and hot pink for the webbing and zips:
Then I made some matching Star Wars pjs for Daddy and Thomas (brilliant Star Wars fabric from Frumble; t-shirts printed myself):
Thomas started reception in September, so it was his first 'proper' nativity play at school. He was given the part of 'King 2'. I was ridiculously excited about the challenge of making his costume (my Mum always made ours), so rushed out to buy some regal fabric from Abakhan. There wasn't a dry eye in the house (although some may have been tears of laughter at his 'comedy' King act!!):
Each year, I normally buy myself a new dress to wear to my work Christmas party and also on Christmas day. I decided that this was the year that I would make my dress, and I have been dying to make the Ruby Dress from Love Sewing for ages. I haven't made it before as I was pregnant when it came out, and have been losing weight since I had Polly seven months ago so have only sewn everyday type stuff for myself recently. As I'm almost at my target weight, I decided to finally go for it. I bought some polka-dot cotton sateen from Sew Over It (from Lisa herself) at the Handmade Fair in Manchester in November specifically for this dress, and it turned out brilliantly:
Finally, I needed to make something for Polly. As we love to match in our family (see pyjama photo above!), I had to make her a dress to match mine using the leftover fabric. I used a pattern from a book called Cute Clothes for Kids that I bought AGES ago and had never used. She looks gorgeous as you can see:
Handmade Christmas was a success yet again. I'm already starting to put aside patterns and fabric for this year, although I've got a few clothes for myself that I want to get under my belt first. The first project for 2016 is already well underway - watch this space....