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Sew Very Merry Christmas Swap

So this Christmas, I participated in the Sew Very Merry Christmas Swap hosted by Vicki Kate Makes, and was partnered with the lovely and talented Andrea of Stitch Parade 🙂 It was so great getting to know her and I’m really looking forward to getting together with her after the holidays for my first blogger meetup! ^_^

It was super fun shopping for a fellow sewist, and really exciting knowing I had a fabric gift under the tree! 🙂

Andrea sent me a beautiful length of dark red Italian wool which I have so many ideas for!! She also sent two of her very finely crafted creations: a travel tissue holder and change purse. Beautiful!! I used the purse today (on my annual boxing day trip to Opus for good deals on art supplies), and received a lovely compliment on it ^_^

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Thank you Andrea! And thank you Vicki for hosting the swap; it was a blast!! 🙂


Christmas Sewing & Gifting

This Christmas saw me making my first unselfish sewing project! I chose Burda 7359; a shirt for my man. It was my first, not because I’m selfish (lol) but because I wasn’t confident enough with my sewing skills to make something for someone I love.

But after many gentle & sincere pleas from my beloved for a shirt made just for him, I couldn’t resist any longer and decided to surprise him with one for Christmas 🙂 I selected the pattern because of the dressy casual style, which he favours, and the fabric because of the colours and the fact he loves plaid. I used a contrasting dark blue thread and buttons to enhance the light blue in the pattern and to show the topstitching more clearly.

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(hehe… Christmas morning; he’s not fully awake yet!)

Dontcha love it with the clashing plaid pj’s? lol

I have to say… this was the most challenging and time consuming project I’ve done yet: aside from the Bombshell dress, that is! ^_^ Cuff plackets, in particular, were a pretty big learning curve for me!

FYI, that’s a fabric quirk there on the sleeve placket – that looks like a stray white thread… this fabric has character! lol

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I will make this again for my man but probably not in plaid because it’s just too tough to get all the seams pattern matched. There’s a yoke, two piece collar, front and cuff plackets, etc, and flat felled seams on everything. That being said, I like the way it looks on him – you don’t notice the non-matched areas, and it does match better than a LOT of his RTW garments! 😉

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He wore it all day Christmas day and it wound up here:

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… which is where all his favourites wind up lol. I take that as a good sign 😛