Closing Out 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, I have my last sewing projects to share.  It’s been a busy month for me, as I’m sure it has for everyone!

At the last minute (which means AFTER Thanksgiving), I decided to make all 3 girls twirly skirts.  They were such fun to sew!!!  I made patchwork skirts that were reversible.

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The first skirt was a Christmas patchwork on one side and then a tiered Dr. Seuss on the other side.

The next 2 skirts are identical with a Christmas patchwork on one side and a summer patchwork on the other side.   I chose a print for the top layer that wasn’t so Christmas-y for these 2 skirts.  The skirt on the left shows the summer a fabric with hula girls and beach girl patches.  Those fun fabrics were from a border print.

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The girls have enjoyed wearing the Christmas version (sharing some quick phone pictures) and now can turn them over and wear the opposite side.

As you can see, I had to make some Christmas t-shirts to go with the skirts.  😊  Then Liam needed a Christmas shirt as well – can’t leave him out!

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As often happens, one thing leads to another.  I decided that Ella should have a patchwork summer skirt that matches Eva’s, so yet another reversible patchwork skirt was made.  Then I got the idea to make a reversible summer top to match.  LOL!  I do love how it turned out!

The reverse side of the skirt and the top are equally cute!!!

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As you can tell, I’ve had a great time creating these outfits for the girls and they are loving their twirly skirts!!!  I have also listed the patchwork skirt in my Etsy shop in case anyone else wants the instructions on making a reversible patchwork skirt.

After finishing up these outfits, I gave the sewing room a thorough cleaning which was desperately needed!!!

While everyone else was out doing their last minute shopping for Christmas and then their after Christmas returns, I was able to head into my very clean sewing room and start a new project.  In the next couple months, both Eva and Livvy will be going to a father/daughter dance.  Because the dances are at different times and the girls are close in size, I decided to make one fancy dress for them to share.  That way, the dress will be worn twice.  After shopping in my personal “stash”, I came up with the perfect fabrics and pattern.  I did have to buy the sparkly tulle for the hem ruffle.

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In case you can’t tell, there’s LOTS of glitter on the bodice as well as on the tulle ruffle at the hem!!!  Both girls love it!

With the dress finished, I thought I’d try my hand at making some ballet type slippers to match the dress.  I was pleased with how they turned out.  However, when Eva tried them on, she let me know that they felt “funny” (aka:  she won’t be wearing them if they feel funny).  I think that it is the seam inside that is bothering her.  So, my project for tomorrow will be to add a suede insole that will sandwich the seam between the sole and the insole.  Fingers crossed that it will work well.

Needless to say, my very clean sewing room took a serious hit and looked as if the glitter fairy had visited!  😂  Actually, the entire house now has been dusted with glitter.  LOL!

That about wraps up my sewing for 2019.  It’s been a good year with several projects, few challenges, a couple new patterns in my Etsy shop and nearly everything made this year was from supplies in my “stash” with only needing to purchase the odd buttons or zipper to complete the projects.

I am looking forward to 2020 and what it will bring!  Of course, I look forward to more enjoyable sewing projects in the coming year as well.  2019 has been a year of many blessings and I thank God for his provision for us and our extended families.  I hope that family and friends will enjoy a year of blessings, health & joy in 2020!!!

Keep on stitching!!!

 

2 thoughts on “Closing Out 2019

  1. Mary Kaye Bailey

    Kathy, the skirts and dance dress are fabulous! I imagine your granddaughters love having you sew for them. Everybody wins here! Happy New Year to you and your family. Mary Kaye

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  2. Jo

    I made another sheep’s hood for our children’s Christmas program. Instead of a glitter explosion, mine was of fur. 😉 Wishing you and your family a happy new year! (And very much looking forward to seeing you in NE!!)

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