Christmas clothes, 2013 edition, part 2

With one (holiday) weekend to go before family Xmas photos, here’s what I have left to do:

Daughter – jacket – haven’t started yet.
Son – vest: side seams, closures.

And which items are totally finished:

Daughter: Shirt, skirt.
Son: Tie, pants.
My dress 😀

I’ve got quite the pile of items that are very close to being done. I think I’m going to try to get those knocked off in the next couple days and focus next weekend on my daughter’s jacket, which should be pretty involved and for which I’m adapting three different patterns.

Here’s an in-progress photo of my son’s vest, which will be reversible – this is one side, and the other side is the same material as my and my daughter’s skirts, a navy blue floral. (My husband, upon seeing me laying out these pieces: “You know, there’s no way he’s going to wear it the other way, right?” I think I’m mostly ok with that, as long as I can get one photo of my kids wearing their matching outfits.)

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Christmas ensemble, part 3: The boys

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In keeping with the slightly formal (but not too formal) nature of our Christmas looks, I wanted the boy’s (my husband and son’s) versions to be dressy but not require a jacket. So I decided to make them matching vests and ties, using this men and boy’s pattern by Simplicity. The pattern directions are exactly the same, which makes things very easy – the men’s version is just bigger than the boy’s.

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Christmas ensemble, part 2: My daughter’s dress and jacket

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For my daughter’s dress, I used the reverse side of the same polka dot fabric that I used for my top and skirt. The dress features a standard bodice with a round neckline, an A-line skirt, and is sleeveless. It has reverse pleats along the waistband for some visual interest.

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Christmas ensemble, part 1: My top and skirt

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I’m very excited about the new “Project Sewn” website! A sewing competition site for adult clothes, from the minds behind “Project Run and Play“? Could it get any more fun?

The first post on Project Sewn is a link-up for clothes that we sewers have made for ourselves. This outfit was the first time I made separates for myself on my sewing machine – I had hand-sewn skirts for myself before, but never made a top.

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