Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas Gifts I made


Happy New Year everyone. My only wish for 2016 is that time slow down. It's racing by just too fast.

We're almost back to normal here. We just hosted our last dinner for the season and now we'll settle in for the probably very long winter. Thank goodness for Netflix !

I sewed a few things for Christmas but mostly easy stuff. The favorite thing I made was for my DGD, Jessica. It was this skirt.  ( V1247) Don't you love it ?

The fabric is a very soft "quilted look" polyester and I think just perfect for this skirt.
The two beautiful zippers (exposed ) I added to the pockets were found at Fabricville and at $5 a piece quite pricey but so worth it. I think this mini skirt is perfect for an 18 year old coed's wardrobe.
And she looked adorable in it, IMO. (Sorry no pic but this is how we styled it.

I used the same fabric for this jacket for DD, Tamara shown here with Jessica's skirt..

The pattern is B6134 and not a jacket but a tops pattern. I added a CF zipper to View D and it easily became a casual Friday type jacket..I want one of these too.
On the Crafty side, I made many hair towels. (One bath towel makes two of these much appreciated hair towels .), sleeping masks,and a couple of these thingy's that wrap  around a mug or mason jar because a friend gave me one and I find it's perfect for putting my make-up stuff in.
Both DD and DGD got a set of all three.



For my sister-in-law, I made a ,what I call for the lack of a better term, reading shawl.It keeps your shoulders and arms warm when reading in bed at night. I have one and love it.

Here is how I formed the cuff on what is basically a tube

The fabric is a cozy sweater knit which has a fleece underside.

If anyone wants to know how to make any of these items , please let me know and I'll post directions on Diana's Sewing Lessons.

I'm really happy to get back to normal and I've already made three pieces which I'll show in future posts.  So happy sewing everyone from


Kansas Sky said...

I'd love to have the how-to on the reading jacket and the towel for wet hair. Thanks for sharing these nifty items!

Kay said...

Me too! I would love to know how to make the reading jacket. Also the mason jar thingy for storing/organizing make-up tools. Also it would be useful for organizing sewing tools, such as pattern tracing pens and scissors, etc.

Thanks for the wonderful ideas! I've been wanting to make the Vogue pocketed skirt, but was concerned about drooping pockets. The zips solve that problem handily. :-)

Eileensews said...

i would like to learn how to make the reading shawl and the hair towel.
The black skirt is cute!,,

Faye Lewis said...

Gorgeous gifts Diana!

Renee said...

Tutes on all would be appreciated. Your creativity boggles me! I can do, but I can't create.

Linda T said...

I'd say you hit home runs on each of the gifts. Yes, the zippers were definitely worth it to add to that cute skirt. I'm sure GD will pull that one from her closet often! Happy New Year and stay warm!!

MaryEllen said...

I loved all these items !! The zippers really make the skirt. I'd love a tutorial on the mug thingy - thx

Aminat said...

You made lovely gifts....Oh I love your GD`s cute

TinaLou said...

These are lovely, thoughtful gifts; the zippers really make the skirt! I'd would love a tutorial on the mason jar caddy - it will be perfect for the bits and pieces I keep on my ironing/sewing-project under-construction board.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! What a great skirt! And the jacket, too. Well done!

Vicki said...

The reading jacket is clever. Very nice gifts for everyone too.

Margene Yeaton said...

Black outfit is great, especially love the jacket. The skirt is great for the age group for which it was made and I do like it a lot. To be 18 again! Too bad I'm not on your Christmas gift list as your craft gifts would be lovely to receive. Happy January 2016!

Sarah Liz said...

Diana, I certainly do love the little black skirt - it's stunning. A Gorgeous gift - they all are. I am sure you have made many people happy this Xmas with your sewing efforts.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Adding the exposed zippers to V1247 is awesome! You really took that pattern to another level! I'm sure your Christmas presents were appreciated because they are so cool. Now how do I get on your Christmas list?!

Kristine Abat said...

Wow, they are so lucky to receive those handmade gifts – especially the skirt! Good choice on the quilted fabric, I think it suited the pattern really well. The reading shawl idea is also brilliant! I think I’d use this post as reference for the reading shawl, thanks for sharing the idea!