I hope you have all finished your Christmas sewing.Â I’ve moved on to baking and gift wrapping and hope to finish up in time for our big family celebrations.
Here are a few more Christmas outfits from the past.Â These gingerbread outfits for myÂ two older grandchildren were favorites of mine.Â Â A few years later, new grandson Alastair wore Robert’s suit.
One year I planned to make matching Thanksgiving outfits for the children.Â The Viyella brown plaid garments were made but before I began the bibs, plans changed and the older two would not be with us that day. So I decided to use the garments for Christmas.Â But that was a stretch—brown plaid for Christmas.Â I made it work.
Laurel’s basic yoke dress was trimmed with tatting, as was her linen bib.
Laurel also had a tie-on bib with a Current Critters Continued design.
These Current Critters embroidery designs are so charming. Continue reading
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I know this outfit is crooked on the hanger. There was a stiff breeze blowing and I could not keep the shirt hanging properly.
We always talk about how busy we are, but I have never let other things make me cut it so close with Easter outfits for the grandchildren.Â Just like when my children were small, I was up until after midnight Saturday before Easter.
But I finished all four outfits.
Alastair’s Easter suit was a very satisfying project.Â Like few hurry-up projects, it finished up quite nicely, leaving meÂ generally pleased.Â Â I learned that sometimes surrendering my picky-ness for a rush project is okay.Â It is more important to have anÂ OK outfit done for Easter than an up- to-my-picky-standards outfit done a week later.Â This was made in about a day and a half, and those were busy days aside from sewing.
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5 year-old Robert’s Easter suit
NEWS FLASH!!!!Â Â I beat the clock!Â Robert’s shirt was finished by 1 p.m.Â Saturday!Â I sewed on buttons at the hairdresser’s, I hemmed whileÂ waiting Â at the airportÂ Â for my brother, I whipped neck biasÂ while watching Â for Uncle Richard to arrive.Â I am done!Â Bring on the bunny!
2 year-old Alastair’s Easter suit
Blue pearl buttons from Farmhouse Fabrics add color to the back.
I’m driven, determined to beat the countdown to Easter morning.Â Â Alastair’s suit, shown here, and Laurel’s dress are finished, but one thingÂ or another has roadblocked my efforts to finish Robert’s outfit.Â Â IÂ have beenÂ way behind schedule withÂ unexpected andÂ time consuming life complications, but thought I could catch up.
Two days ago, we had Robert and Laurel overnight.Â Their mother has been sick all week and our son has been out of town on business.Â So Shelly has been struggling at home alone.Â Her mother has helped out a great deal and we had them WednesdayÂ overnight.Â It may not take a village to raise a child, but two sets of nearby grandparents surely makes the task a lot easier.Â Continue reading
Alastair’s Christmas suit is finished and ready to wear.Â The pants pattern is from the book Sewing for Jack and Jill, by Martha Pullen.Â It begins with the basic button-on pants pattern andÂ simply adds a template for the V front.Â It would be easy enough to draft if the book were not available.
This pattern has become a favorite of mine.Â The V-front pants seem more elegant and suitable for special occasions.Â The V also creates an ideal frame for embroidery on the shirt.
The black velveteen pants are lined with black Imperial broadcloth.Â The abalone buttons were found at Farmhouse Fabrics and they areÂ just lovely.Â Â I wanted to use the same buttons on the shirt and pants, but black would not show up on the pants and white or ivory would not show up on the back of the shirt.Â The pearly grey abalone buttonsÂ offer contrast to bothÂ fabrics andÂ shimmer in the light.Â They are perfect. Continue reading