I haven’t been in the sewing room much lately, so I haven’t had anything to write about. However, with Christmas fast approaching, and some pretty emerald green corduroy on the cutting table, I decided it was time to get going on jumpers for Ella and Eva. They still have fancy silk dresses from last year that will fit again this year, so the casual corduroy seemed like a good choice. After much though, I determined that smocking a design that would work for Christmas but wasn’t so Christmas-y that it could be worn again later would be just perfect.
I chose to make the Children’s Corner “Mary De” pattern. I’ve been sewing this jumper for so many years and can practically do it in my sleep. If you don’t already have this pattern, now is the time to buy it. They have revised the pattern to include instructions for an inset, which I’ve done in the past, but it requires some math. Not my strong suit, so always a challenge for me. Now no math is necessary as they have already done the hard work for you!
I’m quite pleased with how the jumpers turned out. This time I actually made blouses to go under the jumpers as well. I had broadcloth that was a perfect match for the piping, so that’s what I did. The blouse pattern that I used was also Children’s Corner – the “Meg” pattern. I am pretty sure that this pattern has been discontinued, but there are so many that you can choose from. What I love about the CC patterns besides the wonderful fit is that the sleeves and collars can be interchanged. These sleeves look a bit long to me – but I rarely sew long sleeves, so they may be just right! The elastic wrist will help keep the sleeves in place if they are a bit long.
For the smocking, I stitched an original design and made each one a little different, but used the same colored threads. It’s so much nicer to not have to smock the identical design twice. 😊
The addition of the pink to the smocking makes the dress look a little less Christmas-y to me.
I loved finding the perfect buttons in my stash as well. If everything comes from my stash, that pretty much makes these outfits “free” right? LOL! I love having everything that I need on hand when I start sewing. With no fabric stores other than JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby in town, a stash is a real advantage! I keep telling myself that!!!
In the spirit of Christmas and giving, I am sharing both smocking graphs with my readers. I hope you’ll enjoy them. If your Christmas dresses are already finished, you can use the graphs and get a head start on your spring sewing! As you can see, I wasn’t too creative in naming the smocking designs – I named them after the little girls that they are going to!
I hope that you enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones. What a joy to set aside a day to be able to praise God for the unmeasurable blessings that we enjoy each and every day!!! Follow that with the Christmas celebration – what a wonderful season this is!!!
Hopefully you’ll find a little time to enjoy some stitching these next few weeks!