Minty merry & bright

I only sewed one Christmas dress this year.  It seems like favoritism, but really, all of the other kids had ample amounts of clothing and this girl keeps growing lengthwise.  So a Christmas dress went on my to do list.

I had this soft high quality gingham in my stash and it was lovely to sew with.  In the end, things turned out like I envisioned.  Sort of a seven brides for seven brothers meets Christmas 2014 or something.  ;)

I used the Caroline Party Dress sewed in size 4T.  It fit perfectly.

I decided to keep it simple and not do the peter pan collar option, but I had to add pockets.  This is Lila after all.

I always like to sew a Caroline.  {Look at me.  I'm on a first named basis with a pattern. What? :)} The instructions are clear and simple and the zipper tutorial is straightforward and the back matches up nicely.

All in all a successful sew. Lila loves how full the dress is and I think it'll last for a while.

I'll be honest with you.  I took these pictures in front of a funeral home....is that so disrespectful?  Yes.  But I couldn't pass up this minty ish background.  Please stop judging me right now.....No funerals were in session when I took pictures.  I promise!!

I feel like that took us to a weird level of truth.  Let's end this by saying that it's not looking like it will be a very white Christmas here in Idaho.  Weird.  It's been unusually warm, but I can't say that I mind much.  I'm sure God will bless us with triple the snow at some point this winter.  But snow or not, this is a beautiful time of year.  I love celebrating the Savior and I'm always thankful that everyone is a little kinder and a little bit nicer to each other at Christmas.  So Merry Christmas!  I hope your days are minty, merry, and bright!


Today on Crafting Con

So today, I get to compete on crafting con!  Don't tell me you haven't heard of it??  It's a fun. clever series hosted by Friends Stitched Together and Mae & K.  They choose monthly "geek themes" and you make something based off of that theme.  It's like sewing and geekiness blended to make one delicious "maker-iffic" smoothie!

Today Madelyn shows off her hobbit skills:
I actually meant to sign up for the tutoiral section, but I accidently signed up for the competiton slot.  By the time I figured it out, the other slots were taken, and I felt sheepish, so I rolled with it. Plus I'll have a tutorial out at some point.  Huzzah!

And Ugg.  I'm totally sounding braggy to say this and I'm sorry in advance.  But I love the way this look turned out.  Not for the sake of competition, but for me!  Madelyn wears it and she loves it!  It's just so exciting when something turns out like I envisioned!  That happens like never.  So this is a deal and a half.  It's gotta be one of the best things I've ever made.  I worked hard and I worked with what I know.

Honestly and promisely, if I had to pick my favorite thing that I've ever sewn, it would be this.  But don't take my word for it {Whoa, did I just quote Reading Rainbow? holla!} check the full look out over yonder.
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