Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas gifts.


This is the dress I made Amelia for her to wear on Christmas day. It is a free downloadable pattern on Heather Ross's blog. I really enjoyed sewing this dress and I'm now hooked on making clothing with shirred elastic. I have allsorts of ideas floating around in my head and wish I had mastered this easy technique when the girls were smaller. For added interest I added a belt which ties around her waist twice.


There is plenty of room for growth plus I have added extra to the straps so I can let it out as she grows.

I made 2 aprons for my Mum for Christmas. This is the "Cup half full apron" from Anna Maria Horner's book "Seams to me". The beautiful floral fabric is by 'Donna Wilder' for Fabric Traditions, found at Spotlight.

This is the "Full contact cooking apron" also from the book "Seams to me". There's a lot more sewing in this apron but totally worth it. It took most of the day from cutting out to sewing on the buttons on. The fabrics are again from Spotlight which is impressing me lately with the fabrics they are now stocking.
I'm linking up with Amy's Sew'n'tell this week which has re-started after the Christmas break. Go on over and check out all the other Friday Sew'n'tell's too or link up if you have some finishes to share.

18 comments:

Lauren said...

I love all of the colors/pattern choices. Your mom and daughter are very lucky!

Diane said...

Those are all so bright and lovely! Being in the middle of a cold snap here is it fun to see that little dress!

Suzanne said...

I love the cup half full apron the best! I haven't tried shirring yet - the dress looks lovely! I can't imagine anyone wearing that on Christmas...you must live in a much warmer place than me :)

LyndaG said...

It just started to snow in my corner of Maine, so your lovely colors provided a hope of summer.

Lis said...

Yes I agree, a very unsuitable dress for Christmas ha ha - very gorgeous though, wish I had a little girl again!

Leslie said...

these aprons are so cute. i really love the fabrics of the last one. and that dress is so pretty. great finishes, happy new year

SueWis said...

Very pretty. I love your fabric choices and combinations!

beth said...

wow! you made some cute things. I just LOVE aprons!

Lesly said...

The cutest aprons! Adore, adore!

Karen said...

Great gifts. I am thinking aprons may be my gift of choice this coming Christmas. I love the dress. Sewing clothes makes me break out in a cold sweat.

Sara said...

Great finishes...the dress is very cheerful! And, I like the colors of the aprons.

She sews and scraps said...

oh my gosh! I love that dress and your aprons! such pretty colors! I might have to get that book now :)

Jessica said...

I love the dress. I may just have to try it.

Heather said...

It's very cold right now where I live, too, but we just got a shipment of springy shirred prints at the fabric store where I work, so I'm thinking spring! So fun to see your cute dress. Love the aprons, too. Great gifts! ;o)

KQuiltyBee said...

Great projects, sound as if they're just right for the recipients!

Rene' said...

Really pretty dress and gorgeous aprons!! Thanks for sharing.

Lara said...

I love that dress Catherine! It's so sweet!

wishes, true and kind said...

Oh my goodness! When I was in high school in the 70's, we all wore dresses just like that one summer! Very cute and a nice memory :)

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