It's hot, it's summer in Brislandia so it must be almost Christmas. To be fair we've had a fairly mild start to summer this year, but that has changed and it will no doubt remain steamy from here on in. Ah, I could whinge about the heat endlessly, but I digress. This post is for last year's Christmas day frock. I only wore it the one day and then put it away in the cupboard. With festive celebrations starting, I decided to dust it off and start giving it a showing this year. I bought this fabric on Etsy from Hearts and Found after seeing a green version on the By Gum By Golly blog. The fabric is just lovely, but being 100% cotton it loves a good crinkle.
I used McCalls 2444. With such a lovely feature fabric you don't need anything fussy with the design of the dress. I also chose to do gathers rather than pleats. I bought another fabric from Hearts and Found which features a tiki theme. I'm still on the fence about what to do with it because the fabric will probably be a crush fest like this one. Still you can't have too many lightweight summer frocks here in the southern hemisphere. Add that to the list of summer sewing projects.
The only slightly annoying thing with this dress is that no matter how much I iron the neck section, it still has that slightly bubbly appearance. Everything else about the dress was a breeze to sew because it's a very simple pattern.
Amongst the many sewing projects I need to get started for the festive season and the summer I've been really getting my craft on this year. I decided to finally make a Christmas wreath. I was initially inspired by all the lovely decorative pieces you could buy for wreaths. However, it occurred to me that I didn't want just some ordinary looking wreath and my love for all things whimsical led me to create the Jurassic/Fantasy wreath. Sure maybe I should have just picked a theme, like the fantasy one or the one with the dinosaurs, but I'm pretty chuffed with my creation.