Since I now know how to sew I thought it would be a good idea to sew a few Christmas presents. So I set out to find some patterns that looked like they would be easy to sew. Then on last Saturday I went to JoAnn to take advantage of their sale on Apparel fabric that were 60% off. However, now that I’ve bought the patterns and the fabric I’m hoping that everything turns out great and that I’m not being too ambitious with my hopes of making some fabulous homemade Christmas gifts.
In addition to, the Christmas presents that I want to make I also want to make a few things for myself and my daughter before Christmas. I really want to make more cold weather dresses for myself and my daughter and I saw two patterns that I liked while I was at JoAnn over the weekend. So I’m adding making these dresses to my list of upcoming projects.
The first gift that I’m working on is a Kimono jacket (like the black floral one in the picture above) using Simplicity Pattern 1318 using a peachskin silky fabric. This is my first time making something using a silky type fabric. Up until starting this project I had only sewn with cotton fabrics. So it’s been a little scary working with a different type of fabric. Especially, since silky fabric can get runs in them. I’ve made a few mistakes in making this kimono jacket so far and I’ve had to be really careful when taking pieces apart. I’m almost finished with the jacket and so far it looks great. So I know this will be one successful gift that I will make for this Christmas.
Projects #2 & 3
After I finish the kimono jacket pictured above I’m going to start making a robe using Vogue V9015. I’m also using a silky type fabric for the robe. If the first one turns out nice then I’ll make a second one as another gift. I really love this fabric and the beautiful colors of the roses. I arrived at JoAnns at 6:56 am just so I could be there when the doors opened so I could get this fabric before anyone else had a chance to get it. And I’m glad that I did because one of the employees was planning on buying this fabric too. Luckily, I was able to get all that I needed. I think these robes will look nicely if I’m able to sew them correctly.
The next project will be for myself. 🙂 It’s a really easy dress that shouldn’t take too long to make using Simplicity 1252. I found some really nice black denim damask fabric to make this dress. This will be my first time sewing with denim and I’m excited to make this dress. I really want to start on it now, but I’ve got to get these Christmas presents made first.
The next project will be a dress for my daughter using the same black denim damask fabric above. Because you know I’m going to take advantage on my daughter loving matching mother-daughter dresses. These dresses will not look alike but they will have the same fabric which is close enough for my daughter. I’ll be using Simplicity D0528 for this project. I’ll be sewing option A for this pattern (the one with the LOVE applique on it). I’m not sure if I’ll add an applique to my daughter’s dress, but I’m going to be on the lookout for some cute applique options.
And last but not least I want to make a skirt using Simplicity 8175. I plan on making a skirt like the red one pictured above. I found this really pretty brocade fabric at JoAnn and used a 60% off coupon so I could afford to buy it. I think this will be a really nice skirt to wear during the winter. This will be my first time sewing with a brocade fabric, but I’m hoping that it’s not too different from a silky type fabric.
I’ll be posting more about the projects as I finish them. I’m just hoping that I can get all of this done in the next couple of weeks in time for Christmas.
Would you enjoy a homemade Christmas gift?