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A Handmade Christmas Is The Best Kind Of Christmas!

Christmas is, as the song goes, the most wonderful time of the year. It doesn't matter whether you are a Christian or not, I find at this time of year people are welcomed to join in the celebrations whatever their religious beliefs and I think this is amazing. This is one of the reasons that Christmas is my favourite time of the year. Another reason is setting those family traditions that you can enjoy for many years to come. One of our traditions is I sew Christmas gifts for my immediate family, that being my parents, two sisters, husband and now my two children as well. Nothing brings me greater joy than seeing the people I love wearing the garments I lovingly created for them. So when Minerva put out the call for people to create  something using their Christmas fabrics I chose one immediately knowing that it would be the perfect place to start my festive sewing.

The fabric I chose is a dusky blue 100% cotton with a traditional Christmas village scene printed in white in rows across the fabric. I chose this fabric for two reasons. One being that it is just the sweetest print and the colour is gorgeous but also because it stood out to me as something my children could wear for the whole of the Autumn/Winter season rather than just for December. Which would feel like a waste but whilst the pattern is representative of Christmas, its subtle enough that my children will be sporting their garments from November until Easter, if they do not outgrow them before the New Year, which is always a possibility with children!

The Fabric was wonderful to work with, cotton is one of my favourite fabrics. Its stable enough that even beginner sewists can create beautiful garments with it without too much difficulty. It comes in a vast array of prints and colours, more so than any other fabric base I've found. Also cotton can be very soft but with enough body that you can create garments with structure using it.

With this fabric I have sewn a dress for my girl and a shirt for my boy and I plan on taking as many pictures of them twinning in their matching outfits as possible over the coming months because nothing is cuter than family coordinating pictures. It reminds me of Christmas photos of my sisters and I during our childhood!

The dress I have sewn for my girl is the La Maison Victor Ronda Dress. It has a gather skirt, capped sleeves and a simple bodice. The fabric worked beautifully for this dress, I pattern matched across the seams as much as possible so that the print flowed across the garment, which is important to me. As this print is quite clearly in lines I felt I need to keep the lines smooth across the garment. The gathered skirt is my daughters favourite part of the dress, she loves a twirly skirt and this dress does not disappoint, there's enough poof for her to spin with the most excellent of effects! She also loves the little Father Christmas and sleigh included in the print, the magic is most definitely still alive here and she cannot wait for him to arrive!

The shirt I have sewn for my son is another La Maison Victor pattern, its the Oliver shirt. It features a grandad collar, short turned up sleeves and pockets. I pattern matched those pockets to the nearest milllimater so that the would blend into the front panel of the shirt. I love this shirt on my son, he looks like a very dapper little man wearing it! This is the first shirt I have sewn him and I will be making him many more as he looks too cute not too.

I think I have enough offcuts to make a matching tie and headband for my husband and I so that on Christmas day this year we will all coordinate and this is a tradition I hope to carry on for as long as my children will let because at some point matching Mummy will be very uncool so I will savour these moments.

Happy Christmas sewing lovely sewists, a handmade gift is the best gift by far. The love that goes into creating a gift specifically for someone should be held high above anything money can buy. Its a gift to treasure!

Bea x


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