The 12 Days of Christmas Sewing Series

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I recently participated in a sewing series called The Twelve Days of Christmas and as the creators of the series, Laura and Suz, are doing a round-up today, I thought I was the right time to recreate my post here.  Check out Craftstorming and Sew Pony to see 24 inspirational festive clothing creations made from sewists from all around the world!

*Oh, by the way, I received many questions about the background used for the photo shoot.  I’m working on a post that will let you know exactly how I did it… look for that shortly after Christmas.  

 ** And NO, I am still not done Maïan’s holiday dress… it’s presently spread out across my sewing table… fingers crossed it will be done before the 24th, gulp!!!!!

Alix and Gaëlle’s Holiday Dresses 2013

The holidays are a BIG DEAL for us and there will be many occasions to wear a pretty dress in the coming weeks.  So I made Gaëlle and Alix festive dresses BUT casual enough so that I wouldn’t completely freak out if they started rolling around on the floor (which they tend to do… a lot!!!).

Here they’re looking rather angelic, no? Not always so…

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Can you guess which pattern I followed?  It’s the Tinny Dress from An of Straightgrain.  I loved how many options An had injected into her pattern and felt that it allowed me to personalize the dresses for each girl.

For Gaëlle, I chose a Peter Pan collar, tulip sleeves, and a gathered skirt.

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To bring up the festive factor, I added a layer of tulle that peaks out at the bottom of the hem.

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Even though the pattern didn’t call for it, I lined both bodice and skirt in order to ensure that it would be warm enough for Gaëlle.  There was a bit of head scratching going on in my sewing room when came the time to attach the lining to the invisible zipper but I figured it out!

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This was my first time using piping!  I struggled a bit at the beginning (that’s putting it mildly… I am sure I made every possible mistake known to sewists) but I persevered and am super thrilled with the result.   Oh, there will be more piping in my future!!!

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For Alix, I opted for a sleeveless and collarless version of the Tinny dress.

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Alix had requested a dress that would twirl so I went for the circle skirt option.

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Alix’s dress is also fully lined (now that I had figured out how to attach the invisible zipper to the lining!) with a fabric of her choice.  I have to admit I wouldn’t have matched the outer fabric to this particular lining fabric but it was important to me to make her something that she would love so I didn’t hesitate…

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To bling up what would normally be a simple dress, I added a beautiful lace ribbon and a glitzy belt buckle.  The ribbon is sewed in place so that it doesn’t move around or fold over when she moves.

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I tried various options for the back but settled on two simple knots.  I didn’t feel anything more was needed.

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And these will be Alix’s and Gaëlle’s outfit for this holiday season!

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Now I feel a bit guilty as I don’t have two girls… I have THREE girls!  Poor Maïan’s dress isn’t even started… but do not fret!!!  She will get something lovely too and for those interested in sewing for tweens, I’ll make sure to post that on my  blog shortly.

Our French Canadian Holiday

Suz and Laura asked us to share a bit of family Christmas traditions.

Our family does not practice any religion so our holidays are more cultural and are all about family, food, gift giving, outdoor activities, and of course “le Père Noël” (Santa Claus)!  Here’s an overview of our holidays:

December 1st to 23rd:  There will be various parties and celebrations on  the weekends;  at Chaughan’s workplace, the association puts together an amazing Christmas party for the children, complete with lunch, gifts, a magician, bagpipes and of course, a visit from Santa!  At daycare, the girls will be putting on a sweet Christmas concert, complete with dancing and traditional French Canadian songs.  We’ll also have a pre-Christmas dinner at my parent’s condo on the 22nd.

December 24th:  I am working but will bring the girls in with me as the office organizes a kids party;  we are normally told to go home early, around noon.  After a quick nap for Gaëlle, we will get all bundled up and head off to my brother Alain’s place where we will celebrate with his family as well as with my parents.  There will be lots of eating, drinking and gift giving.  There is also bound to be lots of traditional French Canadian music being played and sung! (If you’re curious as to what that might sound like, click here to see a Youtube video of traditional French Canadian music…)

We’ll be getting home late that night and once the little ones are in bed, Père Noël will stop by to lay out gifts under our Christmas tree (always a real tree!), as well as stuff the stockings hanging by the fireplace.  Maïan will insist on leaving Père Noël a glass of milk and some cookies, as well as some carrots and lettuce for the reindeers.

December 25th: I expect to be woken up waaaaaay too early, as Maïan and Alix in particular will be excited to open gifts.  We’ll make some coffee and hot chocolate, turn on some traditional tunes, and the gift opening will begin!  It will be crazy and chaotic but it is most definitely the best part of the holidays!  That evening, we will head over to Chaughan’s side of the family and celebrate with them.  More eating and drinking and gift giving for sure!

December 26th to New Year:  We’ll be scoping out the sales in stores and on the Internet;  we plan on doing lots of outdoor activities, like skiing, skating and tobogganing;  plus there is sure to be more eating, drinking and gift giving, ha!

And then it will be back to work on January 3rd!

Here are a few scenes from last year…

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So with that, I wish you Happy Holidays my friends!!!

Natalie

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8 thoughts on “The 12 Days of Christmas Sewing Series

    1. Thank you Virginia! I had so much fun making these dreses… and luckily, the “subjects” coooperated with the photo shoot! Bonus!

      Natalie
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  1. Those dresses are beautiful and have a very French vibe! I totally dropped the ball on making my kids Christmmas outfits this year, will need to get to it next year for sure. I’m so glad I came across your blog, it’s so pretty to look at!

    1. Alisa, don’t feel bad… I share your pain about dropping the ball! I was fully intending on hand making gifts for teachers and care givers and will instead opt for a card and a Tim Horton’s gift card. Ugh. We can’t do it all, right?

      Natalie
      XX

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