Christmas Garment Sewing

It has been pretty quiet on the blog for….TWO months. Wow! The past two months have flown by in the typical way the end of year takes over and time for personal things, like writing my blog snippets, take a backseat to life. It’s been a busy two months, filled with less sewing and more work obligations than I’d like. As I told my besties yesterday, I want to put a tagline on my outgoing emails next year starting on the 15th of December that we are slowing down for the Holidays and will not be permitting any Project Emergencies!! Of course, I don’t that would go over with Upper Management, but I can dream or live in a delusional state, whichever the case may be.

Regardless, I’m pulling together a few end of year posts related to sewing, family, moving (Say What?!) and life.

On this Christmas Eve, I’m sharing my newest make: the Veronika Skirt by Megan Nielsen. (found here). With the rash of Black Friday indie pattern sales, I snapped up her Banksia Blouse pattern and then noticed she mentioned this skirt was the one pictured with the blouse. So, what was I to do? Get the skirt too of course! A pretty easy decision since you can get it FREE by signing up for her newsletter. So, if you are so inclined to make a circle skirt … head over to her website and sign up. (She’s also offering a free undies pattern for Christmas right now too).

Circle Skirts need to hang at least 24 hours to let the fabric figure out how it’s going to stretch, prior to hemming. Notice, I am unwilling to fully adjust my dress form waist, which is why it’s all ripple-y there. I debated the scalloped pocket for longer than necessary, but I love pockets and in the end didn’t want to figure out how to add inseam pockets with a side zipper on a tight timeline.

This is the first of Megan’s patterns I’ve actually sewn into reality. Last Spring I picked up her Karri dress, thinking it would be a perfect destash garment, but have only gotten through the pattern tracing stage. But back to Veronika. The pattern sizing is spot on (Booo!! For the added two inches due to all my holiday indulgences), so I made a size Medium to accommodate the waist and used this fantastic red satin from my stash. If memory serves my right, this fabric is from my wedding. Yes, 16 years ago. I made my sisters purses to go with their bridesmaid dresses… what is a wedding without some homemade goods?! Nothing I tell ya!

I clearly had a lot of fabric left over and a Christmas Skirt was just the answer. Somehow, it took me a long time from cutting the pattern to sewing the skirt and there I was hemming the skirt with 2 hrs to go before leaving for church yesterday. It was a race to the finish. At this point, I hadn’t done my hair or makeup, which lead to me just cutting the lining so it didn’t show when worn and leaving it unhemmed. Which as I type this I realize I just tossed it in the washing machine this way. Ugh. That’s going to be frayed mess when it comes out. Too late now.

Top is the purple voile lining. The rushed hem shown at the bottom of the photo. I decided I had limits, even with a Christmas skirt and used the wrong side of the satin, so the shiny side was inside and the skirt had more of a matte finish.

And as a further side note. I had originally intended to wear this Toaster Sweater (below), I crafted earlier this month with the skirt, but completely forgot about it until last night when I was putting on my jammies. Not sure it is cropped enough to work with the skirt anyhow.

This is the second Toaster Sweater I’ve made. The last one almost exactly a year ago. I never could figure why my first version came out baggy. It was only when I made this one I noticed I used 3/8″ instead of the pattern directed 5/8″ seam allowance. No wonder! The Toaster Sweater is a quick and easy make, but heed her caution about confusing the pieces. I actually had to remake this one because I got my pieces mixed up. For this version, I also chopped off the tall neck (see the pattern here) and made it just have a binding. It’s okay. Sticks up a little, but I’m still wearing it. My family calls this my “Pretty In Pink” outfit.

Without further ramblings…the Veronika Skirt.

Hubby cut off my cute green shoes, so I had him take a few more….

And he cropped my head. Hmmm. I really need to get a tripod set up. I would’ve liked to get some action shots, but these were snapped on our load into the van as we sped off to church.

…..Christmas is coming …….

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