the holiday collection

Hello, and Happy (almost) New Year! Who else can’t believe December is nearly over?! I feel like Thanksgiving was just yesterday, and I’m definitely not ready to pack up the Christmas decorations yet. Going the past five days without so much as being in the same room as my sewing machine for ten minutes was a nice break, but I’m beside myself to get in there and get back to work. I’m already getting excited thinking about the projects I can’t wait to tackle in 2017. But more on that later.

It’s not always possible to work on more than one project at a time, but when I can I like to work on groups of garments, a little collection if you will. I especially like to do this ahead of a new season or time of year when I know I’ll need a group of things to wear for certain events. Developing a color story and picking fabrics and finalizing the individual components is a big part of the fun for me. A huge part, in fact. For this holiday season, I decided on a handful of separates and dresses, a few of which I finished in November. See Vogue 8825 in navy and gold, for example.

I will dedicate a post to each of these items later this week, but let’s start with the overview. This is Vogue 9197 in a navy floral eyelet from Textile Fabrics in Nashville, Vogue 8772 in red plaid linen from a little shop in London with a tulle skirt (my own design), and Butterick 5030 in a red stretch twill from Fashion Fabrics Club that I’ve had for well over a year. 

I love V8772 for the options and the truly magnificent fit. V9197 is a great basic pattern with a well fitting sleeve in a flattering length, and the French dart means it’s a great pattern for lace or eyelet fabrics, like I’ve done with the navy dress. I’ve made this pattern once before already, but I drafted a full skirt for it. I’m working on a third in this pattern and when it’s finished, I’ll show you the group of three. Another pattern I’ve done in triplicate is Butterick 5030, and I’m just as pleased with the red version as I was with the blue ones. I’m debating doing this pattern one more time in a linen print I’ve had for ages, but I may also pack it away in favor of another wrap dress pattern. We’ll see.

I had a couple fabrics with a lovely Christmas-y green in them that I considered including in the collection, but they clashed with the plaid linen which was my favorite of the prints so I’m saving the greens for my next group of projects. I really like the mix of textures in this group: the twill, the linen, the eyelet, the tulle. Makes me happy.

This was also the first time I got to use my new McCall’s labels, which I love. I ordered a handful of each design a couple weeks ago, and I’m so pleased with the quality and looks of them. Labels add polish to garments, and they are a must have for me. Every time I post a close up photo where the label is visible I get lots of questions about it. If you’re here for the first time or you haven’t seen my post about labels, go here.

I’ll be finishing my New Year’s Eve outfit this week, and I can’t wait to see my sequin skirt when it’s finished. I wanted to have it done in time for Christmas, but it’s one of those things you can’t rush. I think it will be worth it. I can’t think of a time it wasn’t worth it.

Happy Sewing, and see y’all later this week!

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