It seems the most pressing question for my daughter involves deciding which pajamas she's like to wear on Christmas Eve. She has her pick between her Calliope Nightgown, her Fair Isle Lounge Pants, and this new Fair Isle Nightgown. Ah to be a 7 year old...
From her subtle nod of approval as she gives herself a once over, I can see we have a winner. All kids love sleigh riding, but my little girl loves winter best, and looks forward to the season all year long. Our house rests on a hill, and so while it doesn't bode well for ball playing and other games, it offers the perfect slope for sledding.
The construction of the dress is very simple. Once again, we used this Easy Nightgown Tutorial from Love, Lishie. We have a lovely selection of Solid Knits from Robert Kaufman if you care to make your own, but the tutorial offers instructions for cutting off the bottom of an existing T-shirt. We took the short-cut.
Border prints are always a great choice for children's clothing, and I think this nightgown shows off our Fair Isle Sleigh Ride Border beautifully. Annie loves the cascading snowflakes, and the snowy hills circling 'round her legs.
We're all set for winter here - all we need is another snowfall so we can do some real sledding! In the meantime, it's looking like a nordic wonderland indoors!
Miss Annie certainly approves of our Fair Isle Style, and we hope you do too! This collection is a whimsical yet sophisticated choice for lots of sewing projects all winter. Happy Sewing!
Before Thanksgiving, we gave you a sneak peek at what we have been sewing together at the shop. The box bags we chose to make are practical, yet fun, and a great way to store all kinds of items! The staff had a great time choosing fabrics and zippers that reflected their colorful personalities.
Both novice and experienced sewers in our shop enjoyed stitching up their bags, so this is really a great project for sewing together with friends.
Laura, Anya and Rachel have quite a few Sewing Together projects to their name, but they were all excited to learn how to put in a zipper. Rachael jumped at teh chance to sew with our new Bengal collection and Dave appreciated the chance to try out a new cutting method! I'd also like to point out that not only is he happy to hone his sewing skills, he's also got the confidence to rock a hot pink t-shirt. That's a winning combination in our shop!
Ashley and Kat were keen to hone their skills further at the machine, practicing the skill of topstitching and the art of using a zipper foot. Michael L. is new to sewing, but whipped his bag up in no time. Elyse decided to go bold with her fabric and zipper choices, pairing Peony in Gypsy with a lime green zipper.
Ann Marie fell in love with our Calliope fabric when she was working on many of our sewing projects, so she chose the Feathered Hearts prints for her bag. Mike stuck to classic chambray for his first foray into sewing and quickly became and expert at boxed corners. Gabby is an expert at crochet, but this was her fist time behing the pedal of a sewing machine.
As always, it was fun to see which fabrics the staff chose for their project! There were a lot of bold creative choices, pairing more traditional fabrics with bright zippers, contrast tabs, two tone exteriors and even applique! Everyone did a wonderful job, and I hear that many are being put to good use as holiday gifts! I hope you've enjoyed this "behind the seams" look in our shop!
Another day, another snowfall! To coordinate with her cozy bear hat, Annie has a new Fair Isle Scarf just in time for what looks like our own private snowy isle. I half expect one of our polar bears to come out of the woods and join us for some sledding!
The construction of the scarf is very simple. The front uses about 44" of our Sleigh fabric, coming to a point on each end. Our Minky Dimple Dot in Silver provides a warm and fuzzy back that is also soft to the touch, a welcome comfort when chilly winds make the scarf inch higher and higher up on the face!
For the yarn, I went with a beautiful gray with flecks of metallic thread, making it a really nice compliment to our wintry Fair Isle collection. If you've never made poms poms, here's a great photo tutorial from Kungen & Majkis. They're a bit addicting to make, so consider yourself forewarned! After seeing her new scarf, Annie wants to learn how to make them and I realized that's an excellent skill for this soon to be 8 year old.
As you can imagine, this scarf comes together faster than you can say frostbite (well, almost!). So if you are looking for handmade gift ideas for all the little girls and big girls on your list, these are quick and easy to make. And the smile makes it all worthwhile!