This holiday season I sewed along with Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons and a bunch of other talented seamsters in the Crafty Christmas Club. We all made gifts for our family and friends, and, now that the gifts have been opened, here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
I wanted my niece’s first Christmas to be special, so I made her a little red holiday top from a bit of sparkly fabric from Fine Fabrics and McCall’s M5416. The fabric was three inches shy of being able to make the full length tunic, but as my niece is still a tiny baby and the pattern I cut was likely meant for a small toddler, I figure it’ll be just fine with tights or over pants.
I cut the lining from a nice white cotton remnant I got from Britex the last time I was there. The pattern just calls for a facing, but I wanted a full-length lining to class up this baby holiday number. Though I hand pick stitched around the edge of the lining to keep the facing in place, it still peeks out a bit. Maybe it’s a design feature to match the buttons? Next time I might use the identical fabric for the facing.
I used my narrow-hem foot for the hem on the fashion fabric but just pressed twice and stitched the lining hem. All in all it was a quick and easy project, even with the hand sewing. I hope she liked it!