Gillian started in 2012 the Sewing Top Five serie. The Sewing Top Five has 5 categories: hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals. She writes individual blogposts with each categorie as subject. I liked the idea but decided to make a mixture of all these categories in just one block of five. Why? Because I didn’t had many misses (no selfmade project was destroyed in the wash, never worn or when it failed it was unpicked and got another look). So here we go in no particular order.
Christmas is over and it’s almost New Year. I’ve been wearing a dress on the first Christmas Day but the second day I wore my version of the Ensemble Patterns Sunday Everyday Sweater. It’s an oversized model. Something to wear while reading a book or cleaning the house after the Christmas meal. I made my cropped version using a jeans coloured sweater fabric that was bought at the beginning of this year.
When I visited the Stoffenspektakel I was also looking for some fabrics for my mother. She wanted a new cardigan and sweater. It’s always a bit tricky buying fabric for someone else with a few indications. She wanted no back or grey but red, mustard yellow or green. My first purchase for her was a kind of jeans coloured fabric with a with a low relief bubble texture. Perfect for the cardigan. I also started looking for possible patterns in sewing magazines but also did a search on the internet. The Pruella Cardigan jOne looked something my mother would like and after looking at all the patterns she decided to go for the jOne.
This is my final homemade sewing project for Christmas. I ended up having small scarps of fabric lying on the table after making my five other Christmas makes. I decided to see if I could find a small project for fabric scraps to make another Christmas item. Sewing4Free has all kind of useful ideas and this Christmas stocking zipper pouch is one of them. A cute looking small stocking that has just the right size for gift card.
A Christmas wreath hanging on the front door is welcoming but it also looks great hanging in the living room near the Christmas tree. Not surprisingly that a home-made Christmas wreath was on my sewing list. Someone showed more then two years ago on Facebook this Spring wreath with the suggestion it could easily be transformed into one suitable for Christmas. I bought a straw wreath, a few Christmas fabrics and both went into bag. This bag ended up in a cupboard. I placed this make on my monthly sewing list at the beginning of this year and now this wreath is my fifth Christmas sewing project.
There isn’t a big difference between Sinterklaas and Father Christmas. Both are spend with family and friends. Often presents are found near the fire place or under the Christmas tree. These Presents can be big or small, cheap or expensive. Children in the Netherlands are allowed to put a shoe near the fire place in the evening a few times before the fifth of December. Then they sing a song or two and the next morning the find a small gift (some sweet, pencils, a pair of socks) in their shoe. Christmas stockings are for Christmas and they usually hang above the fire place. Father Christmas fills them with small gifts and one can find many of these so called ‘stocking fillers’ in lots of shops.
You probably read it in one of my previous Nikolaus Tasche that I wanted to make a gnoom using discarded socks. A gnoom is part of the Scandinavian history and culture. He also has a place in their Christmas tradition as well. Time to make one. One can easily find enough patterns to make one out of fabrics but not out of socks. I made a kind of sketch and a proof model using pins. When I had something looking like a gnoom I made a paper pattern using the model as a guide line. After the pattern was made, the body was cut and sewn together. My gnoom also has a base in the form of a circle.
Sinterklaas has almost arrived in our part of the world but Christmas isn’t far away either. Time to start thinking about what to make for Christmas. Last year I shared some ideas for homemade gifts but also two lucky pigs. These pigs both had a zipper with a kind pocket for a small gift or money. This year I made a Father Christmas brings surprises. A great idea for kids to hide a small gift for them inside. I came across this pattern at Pinterest when I was looking for ideas to make for Christmas besides my wrath. But this Nikolaus Tasche looked so cute that I decided to make this one first.
A new morning robe was on my to-do-list for almost a year. My old bathrobe had seen better days and although I hardly wear a morning robe there can be occasions that you need one. My old one was made of cotton terry but this time I wanted something more soft and warm. I bought some wellness fleece fabric during a short in Antwerp. The Slouchy Cardi, a free pattern from Peppermint Magazine, is used to make my morning robe.
Slowly it’s getting colder especially in the early of the morning. Time to wear sweaters and cardigans. I also wanted to add some colour into my wardrobe to wear with my back and dark blue garments. The Assembly Line Elastic Tie Sweater is the first colour step. In the shop windows one can see green, In de etalages zie je veel kleur zoals groen, royal blue, red but also mustard yellow. All these colours aren’t in my fabric stash so time to go fabric hunting.