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.
My mom asked for a cape for Christmas, and I was happy to oblige. In fact, I thought I could draft a cape pattern that would fit her perfectly using the simple directions in Patternmaking for Fashion Design. All I needed from her were her measurements… about a hundred of them according to the book. I recently came to my senses and decided that I should figure out pattern drafting for myself before I move on to others, and I placed an Etsy order for a vintage cape pattern.
Since the cape pattern didn’t arrive in time for holiday crafting, but Daughter Fish‘s Simplicity 6402 did, I quickly sewed up a very Jackie O muslin as a place holder for my mom. Lucky for me, my mom is understanding. The thoughtfulness of not only a handmade cape but also a gorgeous handmade dress and jacket combo sometime in the coming month made up for the fact that she only unwrapped a muslin on Christmas day.