Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas sewing.

I was down in the Big Smoke today, although given the political circus going on down there I suspect the term 'Big Smoke' takes on a whole new meaning. Poor dear Toronto, the city where I was born and raised, is being disgraced.

Well anyway, Miss C was able to try on Christmas outfits I've made for her thus far and had a photo shoot. She is a perfectly wonderful co-operative model.

Here's how it went........

First up is the Fairytale Dress (Oliver + S).  Size 5.

I smocked the front panel using a simple 2 step wave stitch on 16 rows using DMC 989.  The bodice is lined but not the skirt.

Therefore I made a crinoline using tulle and cotton but Miss C and her mom didn't like how the dress "stuck out". So no crinoline for this dress.
For the back I made a sash but because I didn't have enough fabric, the sash isn't as wide as I would have liked it.  Just the same, it works just fine.

Regardless how warm the inside of one's home is during the winter months here in the Great White North, I still felt this short sleeved dress needed a sweater. So I made this bolero style sweater using an off white knit.
I used the Field Trip (Oliver + S) raglan sleeve t-shirt pattern and cut the front piece into a bolero style. 

Using my new handy dandy coverstitch machine I put on the bias trim. Easy!

Miss C loves her new dress and sweater and I'm happy how it looks on her.

The next item up was this kelly green corduroy Music Box Jumper (Oliver + S).
I used two different snowflake buttons on the tabs (because no 2 snowflakes are the same) that can be taken off and changed to another style of button at a later date.

Lots of buttons up the back.

Lastly, I had a wee scrap of red corduroy and made a little skirt.  I found some iron-on snowflake shapes to put around the hem.

And here's our model taking a bow. She was, and always is, co-operative when taking photos.  It's just finding the time to drive down to the city when she's available that's difficult.

I also made some kelly green corduroy Sand Box Pants (Oliver + S) for Mr. A, but he was napping.
So photos for that will have to wait for the next trip down to the Big Smoke.


  1. Susanne has been keeping me up to date with the drama, those party hard pollies!
    What beautiful outfits for Christmas. You are so organised!
    xx N

  2. Wow, you've been a busy lady!! ALL. THAT. SMOCKING. Man..... And, the kelly green music box jumper is darling! Not to mention the little skirt will probably get LOTS of wear in the upcoming month...Kudos to you!

  3. She is such a doll! Lucky girl in her new winter clothes, they are so gorgeous Deb! I am so inspired to do some pretty winter sewing now. : )

  4. What a beautiful model! She sure is adorable. I bet her and Lorelei would have a blast together.

    I love all you made, of course. Not sure I could pick a favorite.

  5. Wow, that smocking must have taken a lot of time, but so worth it!
    Thank you for all the wonderful Christmas sewing inspiration!

  6. It's all wonderful! No two snowflakes are alike! I love it!

  7. All the new clothes are perfect.:) And my how Miss C has grown! As much as I like the Fairy Tale dress and the smocking, I have to say the green Music Class Jumper is my fave. I love that shade of green!

  8. Beautiful sewing. Now I'll think of immaculately dressed children when I think of Toronto. Much better than what's in the newspapers!

  9. She is such a sweetie! The outfits are all so wonderful. Love the smocking! I sure would love to do that one day. I wish I had an ounce of your talent. Thank you for your inspiration!

  10. How lovely, all the garments are so pretty and she is a co operative model, got the pose down pat :)