holly jolly christmas: day 1

Today is the day! Holly Jolly Christmas has officially begun, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off this huge giveaway event. Tulle skirts have been one of my favorite things since, well, forever, and it was one of the most popular items I sold when I was in business a few years ago. I love this skirt all the time but especially for the holidays, because it’s just so dreamy and flirty and fun to wear – and I promise there’s not much else that’s more fun to dance in. (Read the tutorial for making it here.) In the tutorial I mention waiting to serge the center back seams until after the tulle has been basted to the underlining – which brings me to the first item in today’s giveaway: a serger. Yes, the incredible HUSQVARNA VIKING® H|CLASS™ 200S overlock machine! I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve talked about this thing this year, but it’s a lot. I spent a few years without a serger – and it’s totally doable – but, gosh, they sure do make your sewing life a lot easier. This serger is an absolute workhorse in my studio, and the hundreds of garments I’ve made over the years have pretty, clean seams because of this machine.

My version of a tulle skirt is simple but effective: it’s layer after layer after layer of tulle. The difference in this skirt and others you may see online is that mine is cut using 108″ wide tulle so that there’s only one seam (it accommodates the length of the skirt). When I was developing this method a few years ago, I spent a lot of time looking for 108″ tulle – and at that time it wasn’t as readily available as it is now. In my search one day, I stumbled upon Online Fabric Store. They sell, among other fabulous things, 108″ tulle by the bolt in various colors. There’s 50 yards on one bolt, so that was perfect for me because I could squeeze out at least two skirts with that much. It’s also a great amount to share with a friend or split among various projects of your own.

So, along with the H|CLASS™ 200S overlock machine, today’s winner will also receive a $100 gift card to Online Fabric Store. Between the tulle and the gorgeous home decor fabrics and the supplies available (batting, thread, foam, zippers and more) you’ll have no trouble filling that shopping cart with pretty things for new projects. They have amazing things!

The projects you’ll see during this six day event were all made using commercial patterns (two favorites, three newbies), with the exception of this tulle skirt. I drafted the pattern myself (a super easy circle skirt), and while I don’t draft patterns from scratch as much as I used to, it’s still something I do quite often – but I definitely spent a lot of time altering patterns to correct the fit or add length or change style lines. In order to do this successfully, there are a few tools I must have on hand – and the third bundle of goodies in today’s giveaway is a few of my favorite pattern drafting tools: pencils, pattern hangers, rulers, Sharpies, tape, and a hole punch. I’m especially in love with the two rulers: the 18″ straight edge (it will never break; believe me, I’ve tested more than my share of rulers over the years), and the flexible curve. I use that thing all the time to measure waistlines, necklines, and any design line with a tight curve. It’s much, much easier to use a flexible ruler in those areas than it is a straight edge.

So the winner of the Holly Jolly Day 1 giveaway will receive:

  • the H|CLASS™ 200S overlock machine from HUSQVARNA VIKING®
  • a $100 gift card to Online Fabric Store,
  • and a bundle of patternmaking supplies.

See the official rules here, and best of luck! The winner will be announced tomorrow!

Many thanks to HUSQVARNA VIKING® for the donations for this event, and special thanks to the kind folks at Online Fabric Store for the $100 gift card.



  1. Karen | 16th Dec 17

    Emily, I have been following you for about a year and so happy I found you! I adore your style, Very modern and fresh yet still maintaining that glorious femininity instilled in all of us Southern girls!
    (I grew up in Birmingham). Your finishing skills are perfection! I have been focused on that area in my own sewing. Your garments SHOULD look as beautiful on the inside as they do on the outside!
    Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration and knowledge!

  2. Julie | 14th Dec 17

    Still using my Husqvarna machine that I purchased in 2007. 10;years old and still going strong.

  3. PsychicSewerKathleen | 14th Dec 17

    No wonder you love tulle skirts! They look so beautiful on you! How do you find the threading of this new serger? I used a Husky S25 for a few years and it was frankly a NIGHTMARE to thread – I always dreaded it to be honest and finally just ditched it and bought a different brand which is a dream to thread. Have they improved their threading methodology? I always loved the stitch quality of my old Husky!

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Hi! Thank you for the kind words! I absolutely adore threading the H|Class. The first serger I ever had was a different brand and it was a nightmare from top to bottom. Inconsistent, hard to thread, not great quality. The H|Class is really straightforward and simple to thread, and there’s a guide on it that shows you how to thread it. It serges so neatly too, and the gals at my dealer told me that regular, size 80 sewing needles work beautifully in it. I can’t speak about the ease of threading the Huskylock – I’ve never used that one. Isn’t it funny how important serging is to us?! Merry Christmas!

  4. Jane McCormick | 13th Dec 17

    Love Husqvarna Viking!

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Hey, Jane! I do too! 🙂

  5. Lori | 13th Dec 17

    Emily – Thank you for sharing your wardrobe selections and talent. It has inspired me to improve my sewing skills. Also thanks for the giveaway.

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Hi Lori, thank you so much! I’m just happy to share my love for this craft! The giveaway is going to be so much fun. We’ve been working on it for weeks! Good luck!

  6. Heather Myers | 13th Dec 17

    Thanks for your give always, and comments! I so enjoy your blog.

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Hi Heather, thank YOU for your comments! I know your name by now, and I’m so touched that you take the time to leave feedback. I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. I have big plans to make it even better in 2018. Best of luck in the giveaway – I hope you win something!

  7. Verena Jones | 13th Dec 17

    Everything you make is beautiful! I may have to put quilting on hold and start sewing dresses again!

    • Carol J Morgan | 13th Dec 17

      Miss Verena I have been thinking the same think about making things for Abigayle my grand daughter!

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Miss Verena, I vote for dresses! 🙂 You deserve to treat yourself after making all those quilts. I tip my hat to you – quilting requires the patience of a saint! <3

  8. Carol J Morgan | 13th Dec 17

    You never cease to amaze me with your design and sewing talent! Your most recent creations are certainly show stoppers!!! I love the level of elegance we are seeing!
    These prizes are so very special. Thank you for sharing with us!
    Carol Morgan

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Carol, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you for always being so encouraging and enthusiastic. I’m thrilled about this giveaway – it will be tons of fun!

  9. Evie | 13th Dec 17

    Wow!!! That’s an incredible prize package!

  10. Karen Bucksbarg | 13th Dec 17

    Your blog is so beautiful. Happy and inspiring.

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Hi Karen! Thank you for saying that – that’s the goal! Big plans for 2018 too. But first, lots of giveaways! 🙂

  11. Rae K | 13th Dec 17

    Thank you for peaking my interest in sewing again! Love your blog

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Rae, that makes my day! So happy to hear it. Now, go fire up that sewing machine and make yourself something pretty! <3

  12. Susan Chae | 13th Dec 17

    what an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much for arranging this event!

  13. Tania | 13th Dec 17

    Thank you, Emily, for this opportunity. I’ve been without a serger for a few years and understand the loss:).

  14. Jaimee Loria | 13th Dec 17

    This is truly amazing!

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