Today is The Fifth Day of Christmas...Five Golden Rings!!! We all know that line. And most of you probably also know my next guests...the fun and creative sisters, Emily and Ashley, who blog at Frances Suzanne. It took me a while to realise their blog had two authors and that they actually sew for their two nieces...who are both adorable:) Frances Suzanne hosts the very popular and fun Flip this pattern sewing series which runs for a whole year - such a lot of work they put in and their sewing is always beautiful! They sew along with their series each month too. Check out this gorgeous sunki dress. Ashley and Emily are keen to support their online sewing community and regularly sew along with other series too. They always join in with Project Run and Play. I loved their candy inspired outfit and one of their signature style outfits. Over to Ashley and Emily...
What a delight to 'virtually travel' halfway around the world to share a Christmas creation with Sewpony readers today!! Thank you, Suz and Laura for inviting us to be a part of the "12 Days of Christmas" tour!
While deciding what to sew for this series and for our nieces' Christmas attire, our minds turned to our holiday traditions from long ago. Particularly, finding the perfect Christmas tree. You see, when we were younger, we had a tradition of going on a family outing....to the woods....finding a tree....cutting it down....and dragging it back to the truck to take home to decorate. Yes: the woods. Not a "Christmas Tree Farm." Think: wide open space!
So, we wanted to tie in "Christmas trees" somewhere on our niece's outfit.
We also opted to not go with the 'traditional color scheme'
that are typically seen during this time of year.
Instead, we chose to sew using a more winter color scheme of white, gray/silver, and mint blue. Both girls' outfits used these colors, but today we'll just focus on EA's outfit.
Beginning with the knit top, we used a white knit and attached a painted bias band around the neckline - matching the same color scheme painted on the white leggings.
For the skirt, we sewed it in gray corduroy and accented it with mint colored buttons down the front placket. The 'take-out' pockets are the eye-catching piece to the pattern, and what initially sold us on purchasing the pattern.
Using the pattern lines given, we separated the pocket into three pieces - creating a white Christmas tree within the pocket. We also added silver ornaments on each tree, as well as a white stump to the base of the pockets.
Simple, yet classic! Or so we'd like to think.....
As for the painted Playtime Leggings?? We used a diet coke bottle cap and pencil erasers as pattern pieces. While painting isn't our strength, we are working at bettering ourselves at it!! Details are important to us.....and this technique is just another way to get those details in the garments sewn!
As for CL's outfit?? Well, she'll have a day of her own - over at Frances Suzanne - next Monday! We'd love for you to stop by, see her outfit, and if you like what you see.....stay for a while!
Thanks once again to Suz and Laura for giving us this opportunity to share with you! It's been a blast!!
We look forward to seeing more inspirational holiday sewing, as well as hearing about the wonderful traditions our friends have around the globe!
Thank you Ashley and Emily! I have this pattern set and can't wait to try it out when my sewing pile is wittled down a little! We always have a real tree, but I am afraid we buy it from the local scout hall - at least the money is being put to good use!! I love the silver baubles on your tree pockets!
Pop over to Craftstorming today to see what the lovely Marta from Do Guincho has made...I can't wait!
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.