In the last few of years and totally by accident, I seem to have started my own new family tradition, sewing a dress for Emma on the last couple of days before Christmas. Since Emma was about three, she has had input into designing her own dresses by choosing her fabrics and style (with a little guidance of course).
As she has gotten older she has even sketched out her own designs, it’s been a particularly delightful challenge to interpret her drawings into a real life finished garment.
I find that retreating from the Christmas madness by shutting myself away and getting productive in my sewing room on on Christmas Eve, makes me a much more pleasant person to be around during the holidays. My vintage fabric stash seems to be gathering dust these days, so it’s also a great excuse to cut into some of it, knowing it is destined for a greater purpose.
Of course Emma always loves her very special Christmas dress, and I know that she will have something special to wear over the festive season.
So as I’m about to start sewing her dress for 2015, I’m also reflecting on how much she has grown, both in height, and as her own little person. I’m sure that one day she won’t want to wear a homemade Christmas dress anymore, but I’m hoping that that day will be a long way off, and until then, you’ll find me happily tracing, cutting and stitching together a little wearable Christmas memory.
Dress finished with a day to spare – Go me! My number one client is very pleased.
Edit: After a few requests, here is the cover of the Japanese Sewing book I used to make Emma’s dress this year –
It’s called HANDMADE GIRL’S CLOTHES by Yoshiko Tsukiori
You can find it on Amazon here – affiliate link
Hope you and your family have a safe and joy filled Christmas.
Do you have any crafty Christmas traditions in your family?