It’s almost Christmas! Yay! 🙂
And yes…. I’m still sewing for myself! In between preparing all of the trimmings that make this time of year magical, I’m still doing my selfish sewing. I’m actually going to be sewing up my two quick-sew Christmas gifts later on today, but I’m not making this year a handmade Christmas like some past years have been. I’m a bit of a procrastinator sometimes and I don’t like being rushed to do things, so I figured that I would just stay away from giving myself Christmas sewing deadlines this year. The two projects that I did choose to sew will take me just a few hours, so I’m fine with that. I’d rather be relaxing and enjoying the season than stressing out over getting stuff done.
I didn’t actually make this outfit for Christmas, but to wear out around New Years Eve in San Francisco. The sweater is one that can easily go casual with a different skirt or some jeans, but I can’t imagine myself wearing this shimmering skirt as an everyday skirt, therefore it’s a party skirt. Every girl needs special dress-up clothes in their closet!My sweater is yet another BlueGingerDoll Bonnie. I honestly cannot get enough of this pattern and it’s a great wardrobe builder. I made a different version this time though — this is View B with the scooped neckline and hem and neck bands. I made this one long-sleeved though and it’s not cropped. It may kind of appear so in these photos as I have the bottom band tucked up underneath, but I could easily pull that out and cover my tush whilst wearing jeans. My skirt is Vogue 8882. It’s a circle skirt with pleats that make it appear more flared. My version is View C, although I had planned to make F (the longer one). For some reason, when I ordered my fabric I did not order the right amount for that skirt, so I had to make it shorter. Sometimes I’m just not thinking correctly….
My sweater is a cotton/poly blend sweater knit with a heart design purchased from Fabric Mart. The skirt is a bronzey orange silk dupioni also from Fabric Mart.
If you haven’t worked with silk dupioni before, it’s very malleable, which can work in your favor, or not. This skirt has been pressed, but it will go into whatever shape you want it to go and crease ways that you don’t want it to. If you want your silk dupioni to look perfect all the time — it just won’t happen. You just kind of have to realize that it’s going to go it’s own way, but that you can fold it and lay it to make it how you want. It’s probably best to make something more tailored with it — like a jacket. I’ve made several little bolero style jackets with dupioni and it works wonderfully. As it doesn’t drape and is stiff, it just kind of does it’s own thing when it’s made into a skirt like this.
I took these indoor photos in front of my grandma’s Christmas tree. I put it up and decorated her house last week. This tree is from the 60’s and pretty much all of the tree trimmings date from the 50’s/60’s. This room is called the “Red Room” [due to it’s red carpeting…] and is pretty much only used at Christmas time. I opted not to put a tree up at my own house this year. I’m not in a Scrooge kind of mood or anything — I just didn’t feel like it. Here’s a post of my tree from a couple years back and you can see that I am not a curmudgeon, even though my mom thinks I am. 🙂
I was happy to see that this skirt wasn’t too short on me. When I was making it and trying it on, it felt like it might be, but I guess that was perhaps the fabric misbehaving or something along those lines. I did sew a very narrow hem to avoid losing much length. I generally prefer my skirts/dresses to hit about my knees. That’s the length that I’m most comfortable with. When I wear this one next week, I’ll be sporting some tights or pantyhose. It wasn’t very chilly when I took these photos and I didn’t feel like putting any on and overheating.
You may also notice in the above left corner pic [and the photo following this paragraph] that I put the neckband up upside down. The hearts go the opposite way… I decided that I didn’t care when I noticed it. I do have them going the right direction on the hem band, which I, of course, did not show you…. I usually share photos of my garments on my dress form so you can see them in a different light without being styled and view the innards. I didn’t do it with this one as I’ve had some other clothing on my form and just don’t feel like moving it. The insides of this outfit aren’t really interesting anyway, although the inside view of the skirt doesn’t look much different than the outside. 🙂 Yay for French seams and disappearing thread!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
- Sweater: BlueGingerDoll Bonnie in black/cream hearts print cotton/poly blend, made by me
- Skirt: Vogue 8886 in bronze silk dupioni, made by me
- Shoes: Calvin Klein
- Jewelry: BaubleBar