Matching Christmas Me-Mades
Posted in Projects on Friday the 30th November 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
Christmas is such an exciting season! I love all the decorating, the baking, the songs, and of course, the sewing projects! Today, I get to share with you the Christmas project that was at the top of my list for this season - outfits for myself and all of my daughters.
Since I have 3 daughters to sew for, I needed a project that was simple and yet beautiful to wear over this upcoming season. I chose the Laurel Dress by Greenstyle Creations for myself. For two of my daughters, I chose the kid’s version of this same pattern – the Laurelette, and for my oldest daughter, I made a quick pair of Bonny Leggings by Made for Mermaids.
I wanted a classic red plaid and chose this Jersey Fabric in the red colorway for all of my projects. I love the shade of red in this print. It is not too bright but is still very festive for Christmas. I think it looks great paired with black and gold.
The Laurelette pattern can be made in a dress or tunic length, has an optional cowl or a neckband, and can be made in three different sleeve lengths. It works for any knit fabric with at least 25% stretch. It fits sizes 12 months to 14. I made the 12-18 month size for my 11 month old daughter to wear and the 9-10 for my 8 year old based on their measurements. I made my youngest daughter the tunic length so that it did not get in the way of her busy crawling, and I made my 8 year old the dress length. I used the straight hem included in the pattern, but the pattern also has an optional high-low hem.
The only alteration that I made to the Laurelette was that I gathered the skirt before attaching it to the bodice rather than sewing pleats as the pattern instructs. To gather it, I sewed a basting stitch at the top of the front and at the top of the back of the skirt and pulled my bobbin thread until the top of the skirt was the same width as the bottom of the bodice, making sure to match my side seams and gather evenly. I love how pretty the dress is with gathers.
My 8 year old daughter’s favorite part of the dress is the deep pockets that it has. She showed me during the photo session that she had some candy hidden in her pocket already!
For my dress, I also gathered the skirt instead of sewing the pleats. For the Laurel, you select your size based on your bust measurement. The rest of the dress is not form fitting so there is no reason to grade or adjust for larger or smaller waist or hips. My bust measurement was in between sizes, so I chose the smaller size (XXS) since this fabric has lots of stretch. If I had used a fabric that was not as stretchy, I would have made an XS. In the women’s version of the pattern, there are three bodice lengths for short, regular, and long torsos. I made the regular torso bodice and cut my skirt at the above knee length.
The neckline has a lower cut so it is very easy to breastfeed in this dress. It also is forgiving enough that it would be perfect for maternity or for the extra indulgences of the holidays. I took these photos right after Thanksgiving celebrations and was very happy with how forgiving the silhouette is.
My oldest daughter wanted a pair of leggings that she could mix and match with her favorite tops. I was glad that she wanted to mix it up a little and that she picked the quickest sewing project of us all. I used the Bonny Leggings pattern by Made for Mermaids for her tights. It is a free pattern that has always fit her very well.
I love how the scale of this plaid looks on leggings and how versatile this fabric is for knit sewing projects. I think I need a pair of leggings like hers for myself now too! This fabric has great stretch for leggings and nice recovery as well.
I am so happy that I got my first project marked off of my list for Christmas sewing this year and that all of my girls have a special outfit to wear over the upcoming holidays. I am also really glad I finally tried the Laurel and Laurelette patterns. It is definitely going in my bin for my favorite patterns.
I hope I have inspired you and that you have a Merry Christmas!
Sharon @ Sweet Mama Life
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