What I’m Sewing Now & What I’ll be Making Next

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.

Project #1


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.

Project #4


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.


Project #5


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.

Project #6


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?



  • Reply Mary November 29, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Kimono jackets are so cute; I need one in my wardrobe. I would also be a little nervous working with silk, but I have faith in your skills and talent Sonya! You can do it. I love that you are pushing yourself. I can’t wait to see how awesome everything turns out.

    • Reply Sonya December 1, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks Mary!!! I have to affirm that I am capable of making these items whenever I make something. It’s intimidating working on a new pattern and using new fabrics sometimes. 🙂

  • Reply robincharmagne December 1, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Oh all those fabrics are so pretty. Can’ wait to see the completed projects esp the gold/black skirt.

    • Reply Sonya December 1, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks!!! I bought that black and gold material about a month ago, but when I got ready to make it I realized I bought the wrong size pattern. So I had to wait for another $1 pattern sale. Now I need to finish these Christmas gifts before I start on my skirt.

  • Reply Tamara December 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    They’re all pretty amazing! I love the styles and fabrics. #4 is amazing. You would look awesome in that! Your daughter too!
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    • Reply Sonya December 6, 2016 at 5:01 am

      I’m looking forward to making #4. I really wish I was finished with the robes so I could start on it. I think my daughter would look cute in a dress like that too. But she thinks that wearing dresses with a shirt underneath it looks “ridiculous”. So I have to find her long sleeve winter dresses, because she also doesn’t want to wear a sweater over her dress. She is very particular for a four year old.

  • Reply nerline December 3, 2016 at 7:50 am

    It looks like you have a lot on your plate this month. All the patterns are beautiful. I am not big on DIY, but I think it’s a good idea.
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    • Reply Sonya December 6, 2016 at 4:57 am

      I do have a lot of sewing that I want to do this month. I have one project finished and five more to go. 🙂

  • Reply Dean @Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress December 4, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Oh wow you’re going to be styling!! I can’t wait to see your kimono!! Seriously awesome that you have this talent.

    • Reply Sonya December 6, 2016 at 4:56 am

      I can’t wait to make the dresses for my daughter and myself, but I’m going to start on the robes next since I want to give them as Christmas presents. The kimono jacket turned out really nice.

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