Co-ordinating Tartan Christmas Outfits!
Five days before Christmas Day, I was out with my friend C and we went into Boyes to have a gander at the fabric and the yarn. I spied some extremely Christmassy-looking tartan fabric, and had the bright idea of making Little Tweedie a dress to wear on Christmas Day. This was Friday lunchtime, and we had already planned to go away on Sunday and return on Monday. I did wonder if I might be pushing it to get the dress made in this time, but I can sew pretty quick so I thought it would be fine – and this was seconded by my husband through an exchange of texts something along the lines of:
Me: Shall I buy fabric to make Little Tweedie a dress to wear on Christmas Day?
Me: Ok, I just thought maybe you’d think it was a bad idea so close to Christmas.
Him: It’ll only take you three minutes or something.
As I was grabbing hold of the bolt of fabric, I suddenly realised I could make Baba Tweedie some matching trousers! I got all carried away after that. Little Tweedie’s dress would be lined, I would make it long sleeved, with a contrast collar, and a ribbon sash, and a fake net-petticoat trim, and I would also add some tartan applique to a baby vest to match Baba Tweedie’s trousers… and they would look adorable…
I got everything I needed there and then, but didn’t start sewing until naptime on Saturday. First of all I needed to hem a dress I had been working on, so I got that done and then started on Baba Tweedie’s trousers. Amazingly, I haven’t sewn any clothing at all for him yet! Boys are less exciting to sew for, and the teeny tiny sizes from 0-12 months don’t really last that long, and I rarely have fabric that is suitable for boys. These are my three excuses.
I chose the ‘Mr. Two-Face Pants’ trouser pattern from the book ‘Sewing for Boys’. These are meant to have each leg sewn in a different fabric, but I ignored that part of the design. The trousers were really easy to sew as they are basically like pyjama bottoms. The cute pocket detail is a nice touch, although because the pattern is designed for knits there is no allowance for finishing the raw edges of the pocket – they just have you sew it straight on. I bias bound the edges in a contrasting colour and that worked well. I got Baba Tweedie’s trousers finished by Saturday night, and I also made a start on Little Tweedie’s dress too (New Look 6309) - I got the main bodice sewn up, and I made and attached the collar.
On Sunday we went away and we didn’t get back until mid-afternoon on Monday 23rd December. My in-laws were due to arrive 24 hours later for Christmas, and I hadn’t tidied or cleaned, marzipanned or iced the Christmas Cake, made mince pies or wrapped a single present. Eek! I got half an hour of naptime sewing done and then had to wait until they were in bed before I could continue. I stayed up until 2:10am, and got her dress finished and all the presents wrapped, and felt like a zombie the next day!
I altered the sleeve length so it would hit Little Tweedie’s elbow – more practical for her (no need to roll up her sleeves), but still a decent enough length that no cardigan would be required. I think it looks really cute on her.
I didn’t bother with the ribbon sash, because in the shop at the last minute I changed from green ribbon to red, but the red looked wrong with the green contrast collar. I might get some green next time and add it on.
I also didn’t end up attaching the net-ruffle trim. It was the very last step (this bit isn’t included in the pattern – it was my own idea), and I measured the skirt and made the strip and pinned it on, and then realised I had only measured the width of the dress hem rather than the circumference, so I only had half of what I needed. At that point, I decided to call it a day!
Sewing these last-minute things did stress me out and it impacted our Christmas preparation significantly. Little Tweedie’s dress was more complicated to sew than the ones I can whip up in one night (although I suppose two nights is not that bad!) – the collar and the sleeves are both really fiddly, even more so than adult-sized collars and sleeves, because they are so small!
Anyway, when they were both wearing their outfits on Christmas Day, none of that mattered because they just looked heartbreakingly adorable and gorgeous :-)