I knew there would be time for sewing as I use a lot of annual leave in the winter months rather than summer. In spite of December being a busy month, it is much easier to carve out sewing time when work doesn’t interfere with life!
My dear friend Lisa (bobo_bun ) and I were hosting a month long challenge on Instagram – #AVeryVintageChristmas2021 – which kept the momentum up even when time was becoming a luxury!
Schultz Apparel, Gerda dress
I started off the month with a firm favourite; the Gerda dress from Schultz Apparel. I just love the large collar and sleeves of this pattern and find this dress suitable for all kinds of occasions; from the office to country walks.
Tara Deighton Atelier, Vintage Tassel Beret
I found my love of knitting again when I picked up the knitting needles to try Tara Deighton’s wonderful vintage tassel beret pattern, transposed, I believe, from an original vintage pattern. I did not actually use the tassel this time as I loved it without but I’m sure I’ll try it again.
Decades of Style, E.S.P. Dresses
I toiled this at the start of the month so when I went to make the first version, I thought I would be ok – it turns out this brushed cotton, being softer, didn’t really have the same effect as calico…
So I toiled again, this time just in cotton and discovered I started making the dress a size too big, so by sizing down and doing an FBA (and making a few more basic adjustments, I was able to get a really good fit on my Christmas Eve dress, made up in the caroller print from Spoonflower pictured below.
Again, from Spoonflower, I made Simon his Christmas sweater in this retro Santa print – the pattern I used was his favourite, the Helen’s Closet Jackson Pullover. Meanwhile, I couldn’t resist the cute mouse print from 1st for Fabrics and made a cropped sweater to wear over dresses – the Seamwork Astoria.
Boatneck dresses, Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses
I revisited a pattern I never quite got the fit down at the start of the year. The boatneck dress is quite simple but required a lot of pattern modifications which I will specify in another post.
For some reason, the cotton sateen version came up bigger than I had toiled but the red tartan version (knocked up on Christmas Eve for Christmas Day) turned out really well. I just have to tweak the arm a little more.
Peter Pan Boleros
I love these Charm Patterns boleros and have quite a few colours now but I was lacking a plain black and navy version which I have now made after getting some ponte roma from Jenny Stitches.
Colette Moneta Dress
I knew the moment I received this fabric from Rainbow Fabrics that it would need to be quite a simple dress as the fabric speaks for itself.
So I opted for the Moneta bodice (which is one of my ultimate go to patterns) and added a circle skirt rather than the gathered skirt of the Moneta for a little more vintage party vibe.
Charm Patterns, Princess Cropped Jacket
I loved my last Princess Coat so much that I decided I needed another one – this time in black so it would go with the majority of my wardrobe. I absolutely loved working with this vegan wool from Fabric Godmother. I’ve already bought some red wool to make another one.
Fitiyoo, Maitai Boxers
I used up all the remnants from my jersey makes this month to make some boxers for Simon. can never see good quality fabrics put into the remnants box!
Lisa @bobo_bun was hosting an online workshop to teach people how to make her beautiful poinsettia brooch – sadly my delivery of wool felt from Billow Fabrics never showed up (still hasn’t, 4 weeks later, which is incredibly frustrating) but I managed to get some from Jolif within 2 days and Lisa kindly showed me over Zoom while chatting and enjoying a beverage or three! I decided to make mine interchangeable as a hairpiece and I do not regret it!
These were made with a fabric gifted from Minerva – it is a fur backed jersey and may well be the cosiest things I have ever worn, making me so ready for the winter chill when it inevitably hits. Details of the make can be found on my Minerva profile.
Cashmerette Alcott Dress
I have a blog post coming once I take pictures of this make so you’ll see it properly soon enough as I plan to wear it tonight.
What a lovely, productive December. I can’t believe that 2021 is gone already. Looking forward to seeing where my sewing journey takes me in 2022.