my machine can sew 850 stitches per minute!)
The vests were originally going to be jackets, but I was just barely shy of the amount of fabric needed for the sleeves, so I just left them out. This tutorial was really helpful in figuring out how to line the vests with no raw edges and as little top-stitching as possible. The fabric is from Joann's... it was rather difficult to work with, since it was very loosely woven and it made the plaid harder to match up. It wasn't the kind of plaid I originally pictured in my head, but since I couldn't find anything even close to what I was picturing, this worked. And this plaid looked a lot better made into outfits than it did on the bolt. =)
Even with the mistakes I made, I'm was pleasantly surprised at how well these turned out, as well as how quickly I managed to finish them. They garnered quite a few compliments when we went to visit family the day after Christmas! =)
Something that didn't turn out so quickly was this:
here, and I thought it was genius. However, I had to sew every little bit by hand, and the only black thread I had was really poor quality, super-tangly stuff.. Also, my zipper wasn't quite as long as I wanted, so I had to sew bias binding around half of the wires.
I mentioned that there was more to the headband gift, and that I had another small leather thing to show:
I made two lace watches, one for my sister, and one for my sister-in-love. I was lucky enough to pick the s-i-l's name for the gift exchange, since I had already bought the materials to make her gift. This is the sister-in-love's:
And this one was for my sister:
I originally bought two different colors of lace, but I loved this blue lace so much I made both watches with it. I really love both of the watches.
I put the watches on little holders before packaging them, like this:
I think these were my favorites of the gifts I gave this year. So pretty, simple, and feminine. =)
I have a couple sewing-related gifts I received as well, and I am super-excited to share them with you in the next few days!
Thanks for stopping by, and be safe and have fun ringing in the New Year!