- Me and Emily in our Christmas frocks -
I arrived home last night after a month long holiday on the Sunshine Coast. My family and I had a wonderful time house-sitting a home on a property in the Noosa Hinterland. Here is a photo of the view from the deck. Glorious!
Such a relaxing and inspiring place to sew don't you think? Well, I did take my sewing machine with me and got off to a flying start by sewing myself and my younger sister Emily, each a new Christmas frock. Unfortunately, things went seriously downhill come Christmas day. My younger brother had bought me a mandolin (slicer) for Christmas, at my request. While preparing an Asian slaw for Christmas lunch, things got a little out-of-control. Moments later, my husband was rushing me off to hospital with some pretty serious cuts on my hand. After spending 3 hours waiting in the emergency room, I lost patience and walked out. With the help of grafting tape, a tube of antisepetic and a couple of gin & tonics, my sisters managed to stick me back together. Unfortunately, that pretty much marked the end of my holiday sewing time, as I could no longer cut or hold a pair of scissors. Serious bummer!
So here is 80% of my holiday sewing:
1. Vogue 8184
This is the third time I've made this dress, so it came together easily and quickly. I used a silk/cotton fabric I purchased only a few days earlier at The Fabric Store in Brisbane. I wasn't actually planning on making a Christmas frock by just HAD to after finding this fabric. After all, everyone loves a Christmas tree inspired dress right! I also made the red flower using a cotton/silk remnant picked up on the same trip just to add some serious Christmas punch!
This fabric is really quite divine and so lovely to wear. It has a sateen-type shine to it. I lined the dress in a black cotton voile. This wasn't really necessary as the fabric is not sheer. For some reason, I just like my party dresses to be lined.
2. Lonsdale by Sewaholic
I sewed this dress for my sister Emily, using a cotton lawn purchased at Spotlight. This is a simple dress to sew and the instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow. I will shorten the bodice if I ever make it for her again as there is a little bit of pooling at the waistline.
- The lovely Emily -
And just for fun, a photo of me and my sisters Emily, Katherine and Sarah sitting with my mother - the lady that kick-started all this sewing shenanigans.