Christmas Selfless Sewing & End of 2016 Road Trip

I’m popping in to share some selfless sewing that I did last month in preparation for our Christmas trip to visit my family. I will also share about our end of 2016 roadtrip at the bottom of the post.

I made my sisters and my mom different infinity scarves, as well as one garment each.

For my mom and my sister Heather, I made hi-low tops. A couple years back, I made a Deer & Doe Plantain, which I altered to have a hi-low hem (unblogged). So, I used that pattern as a basis for grading up and creating the patterns for their shirts. I made sure they were 3.5 inches longer than my pattern, but I should have lengthened them a couple more inches, as both my mom and Heather have very long torsos. However, I think they look fine with a shirt under them (which is actually how I used to wear mine).

For Laurie, I finally made the dress that I told her I would make over three years ago, that I mentioned in this post. The saddest part is that it was cut out in my UFO pile for at least two years. 😮

For Brittany I made a slouchy cowl top based on a top that she had on her wishlist. I used one of my self-drafted basic v-neck patterns as a starting point and graded to create a pattern for her size.

I technically re-gifted a handmade item to my dad, but it was literally only worn once by my husband. The fit was just too slim for his taste. It fits my dad pretty well, and I know he’ll wear it.

I was so blessed to have the opportunity to drive out and visit with my family at Christmas. We had THE BEST time.

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Floral Micro Cord Alder Shirtdress

img_6102-1This dress jumped the blogging cue because it’s my new favorite, and I finally took some decent blog photos this time around.

The fabric was a gift that has been in my stash for years. It’s a beautiful floral micro cord. After I made my first Grainline Alder shirtdress (still unblogged, but I did share a photo on Instagram a while back), I knew it would be a great pattern to pair with this fabric for a fall dress.

I started with the size 2 this time, based on my high bust measurement, and did an FBA to add 3″ to the pattern piece at full bust. I did a swayback adjustment on the back bodice, and removed some of the height from the back armscye. I also shortened the bodice portion by about 1.5″, and added the length back in the skirt.

I knew that the style wouldn’t lend itself well to a fitted waist, but I did take the waist in a tad for a little more shape. I don’t mind the ease in the waist, since my adjustments made it fit quite well in the arms, shoulders and bust.

I have a very high waist, and recently discovered that my sister who is 5’7″ has the same waist to knee measurement as me. Our upper legs are even the same length. This lead to an interesting observation among family members that I am essentially a similar shape to several of my sisters (who are all 5’7″ or taller, while I come in at a whopping 5’0″), but I’m just smooshed from my shoulders to my waist, and from my knees to my ankles. Ha! I’m also the oldest of my five sisters, but people rarely thought that I was the oldest when we were growing up because I was so height challenged. Too bad people don’t equate height with youth once you’re out of childhood. I don’t think there’s any mistaking that I’m the oldest now. (>_<)

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Plaid Shirt, Plaid Dress & a Pity Party

IMG_9188I know that I’ve been somewhat MIA for the past month or so. I’ve been fighting with chronic sinusitis for several months (since mid-July)…About a week and a half ago I started having energy again, and we’ve been making a lot of progress on our house renovation. My momma and my youngest sister are coming for a visit in about a week and a half (YAY!)…

Since my brain was a bit foggy for about a month and I’ve been working almost exclusively on house stuff the past couple of weeks, I haven’t made the progress I was hoping on pattern related tasks. I did however, make some progress with some F/W sewing a few weeks ago. That’s what today’s post is really about.

This top and dress were both made using an altered version of the same pattern as the dress in my last post. This version of the pattern has an extended placket. It’s more fitted at the waist and omits the elastic.

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Daydreamer Dress Raffle for St. Jude

I mentioned a few months back that I was planning to do the Warrior Dash in May. I officially signed up for the race a couple of weeks ago, and I’m so excited that my husband will be doing it with me, along with my sister-in-law and her husband.

I also signed up to be a St. Jude Warrior. So, in an effort to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, I have planned a couple of raffles for this month…You are, of course, welcome to donate any amount to St. Jude without entering the raffle. Please follow this link if you would like to help.

The first raffle is for this fun and flirty sundress.

(Entry details at the bottom of the post)

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