Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cheeky Checks

Hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas! We had a gorgeous green one....these pictures look as though they were taken on a lovely fall or spring day but they were in fact, taken just yesterday. It was such a beautiful and warm Boxing Day! Ahh...but that was I'm snuggled up by the fire watching the snow fall. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon either. 

I have had a black and white checked skirt on my list to make for quite some time now but really wanted it to be in made in a gorgeous taffeta. Yeah...couldn't find that. Not one to shy away from the drapery department...I snapped up this tabling. Yes, another tablecloth garment! My last one was super fun but has its limits to where it can be worn.

To make this skirt, I dug out my trusted McCalls 6706. This pattern is quick to make and always lets the fabric be the star. I widened the waistband like I always do and put a pocket in one side. This pattern doesn't have pockets but I always add at least one. 

I love this skirt paired with the black lace top and a pop of red in my favorite pumps. This will likely be the last time I can wear it with bare legs until spring but tights and a fitted sweater will look great too. 

I believe that a fabric's use shouldn't be limited to its label....a Christmas tablecloth jumpsuit may be a little over the top but I think there are lots of chic possibilities hidden in the drapery department. 
Do you shop the drapery section for your apparel sewing?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas All The Way

Every year our family has a Christmas party... a themed Christmas party. It all started with the ugly sweaters...but of course we couldn't leave it at that. We have had Redneck, Hawaiian Christmas, 80's...and so it goes on. 
This year's theme was "Fancy Pants", which left dressing open to one's own interpretation. Some dressed fancy...and wore their best fancy clothes and then some of us took it to another place and wore "fancy" pants. Obviously, that's where I took it....

There are lots of in pretty... Christmas prints out there and I could have gone with one of those but where would the fun be in that?! The day before the party I bought this bordered tablecloth fabric and set out to make McCalls 6083. Pockets and all....yes I did...why? ask? Because I can. One of the best things about sewing your own clothes can make ANYTHING you want. 

Initially, I set out to make just the pant portion of this jumpsuit but then decided to go all the way and make the entire jumpsuit. No reason to hold back. I had made this pattern before so I knew that I had to only lengthen the bodice and I added some length to the leg. I found my last one a tad too short with my heels. 

The only attention I paid to pattern placement and matching was the border...I do realize that I have some unfortunate holly leaf placement going No one else noticed....and believe me...if they did, they would have told me! They are that kind of family.

It was a great party...I love crazy fun family. (I'm tearing up as I write this...) Each of you is so special to me. I feel unbelievably blessed to share this life with you all. Thank you for the fun, the love, the shared tears, and the laughter. Oh.....the laughs!!! 

I love each and every one of you, with all my heart.