Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Christmas Outfit for Tamara

I sewed a lot for Christmas and expected to have lots to blog about but I forgot my camera in Ottawa. I had neglected to import most of the photos I took of my proiects. DD is sending it to me.

 In the meantime, I can show you one of the outfits I made for Tamara. I just don't have a picture  of her wearing it.

Here it is.

The outfit consists of a modified version of the  draped cardi, S2603, a sleeveless top to match and a pair of black stretch velvet Yoga pant, Silhouette 3400    .

The fabric for the cardi and the trim on the top is the red version  of the one I used for my Christmas top. The other fabric for the top is a matching jersey which I also used to line the cardi sleeves.

The  inspiration for the trim on the sleeveless top came from the shape of the piece of  fabric I had left over. As simple as that !  I like the way it turned out and so did DD.

For the cardi I cut away about 6" of  the depth of the collar and band/facing from the front pattern piece . The result is a simpler silhouette with much less fabric at center front. I like this version and want to make one for me too.

Happy New Year Everyone! Above all, I hope it is a peaceful 2013 that is filled with love and  with plenty of time for you to sew!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

From my House to Yours, A Merry Christmas

I would like to wish all who visit my blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
As we prepare to drive to Ottawa tomorrow to spend Christmas for the first time with my darling Riley, her baby sister Poppy, my son Jeff (and Melanie),and  my daughter Tamara , I'm so very greatful for the many blessings in my life. I truly could ask for nothing more.

God bless you all!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

MY Christmas Outfit

I've stayed away from Blogland lately, all the better to work on my Christmas sewing. Well, I'm still not finished, but almost. I did take the time to make a Christmas outfit.

Here it is.

The top is my own design with the help of "the raglan dress" from the Nov.2008 issue of Burda Style. I used that pattern for this top

 back in Sept.(I find I like the blouson effect worn with a skinny belt and it is quite flattering to my mature shape). I zigzagged lingerie elastic about 12" from the bottom to form the blouson waistline.

I  decided to add a draped collar to this  version because the fabric insisted on it.
I showed how I came up with this draped collar here on Diana's Sewing Lessons.

The fabric is a gorgeous paillet covered concoction. The paillets are matte rather than shiny. They are sewn onto the fabric and are heat resistant. And I only broke four needles while sewing my tunic! Lol.
I had to line the sleeves ( I used a stretch mesh ) because without it,the fabric was impossibly itchy.I'll wear a camisole underneath as well.

The pants are the Silhouette Patterns Yoga pant that I've made many times already and love. The fabric is a luscious stretch velvet .

I love my Christmas outfit. We're going to Ottawa for Christmas this year. I'll be very happy to be with my DD , my son , sweet Riley and her baby sister Poppy. ( Oh my goodness, I can't get used to that name!).

I'll have lots to show you after Christmas because I made quite a few things for family members including a sweet little coat set for Riley.

I want to wish you all a Merry and peaceful Christmas. I hope you all get the chance to spend the special day with someone you love.