Sadly, I only made 2 gifts this year (3 if you count a knotted fleece blanket). I wanted to write “I swear I’m not a selfish seamstress!”…but I kinda am. Oh well! I’m not ashamed about it – it’s hard enough to find time to make myself anything let alone fitting and making something for someone else.
My family came out to Boston during Thanksgiving and my aunt Trudy (my second mom) tried on my pair of V1411 legging/pants and LOVED them. They fit her wonderfully and since she’s shorter than me, I just hemmed them to her length and gave them to her since they were too short for me. So for Christmas, I whipped up a second pair in navy for her. The original pair I made was a reversible double-knit with wonderful stretch and recovery so I just used the opposite side from the first pair!
Trudy refused to pose with them on, so here’s a picture on the hanger. It’s a great legging patterns, fast to sew up and fits great!
When she was here over Thanksgiving, I was looking at patterns and she immediately picked out Butterick 6135.
I made View C with long sleeves. I cut out all the pieces on a single layer but made the mistake of forgetting to flip the sleeve pattern piece, i.e. I cut out two identical sleeves. Luckily, I noticed immediately, cursed myself, and cut out a new correct sleeve. Because I had less fabric than planned, I altered the back pattern piece to remove the back seam and back flounce. I didn’t love all the extra fabric anyway (even though Trudy probably would have).
She loved the result though! I used a very large scale paisley poly knit from Sewfisticated in Cambridge, MA. If you’re in the area, they have had some wonderful knits in stock. Some really beautiful neoprenes I have seen for sale online for much more. They also had some nice sweater knits.
I cut out a medium but had to take it in a lot on the side to get a closer fit. Ended up close to a size small.
You can see below the extra fabric on the hips. You’ll definitely want a knit with a lot of drape to make sure the extra fabric doesn’t add extra weight.
Finally, can’t forget the cowl! Perfect way to keep warm in Minnesota.
Unfortunately, it was an abnormally warm Christmas in Minnesota this year. No snow, no cold. Felt like the dreary mild winter we’ve been having in Boston. I love winter. The snow, chills, cold, blankets, sweaters, fires, etc. There’s absolutely no way I could live in a climate without a nice cold winter. So it was sad and disappointing to not have snow :(
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone!