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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Outfit 67: 2013-14 School Year

So tomorrow will be our last Christmas party in Elementary school *sniff sniff*. She gets to wear pajamas tomorrow, and while I offered to make her some, she decided she wanted to go twinsies with one of her BFFs and get some footie frog pajamas at Walmart. Speaking of Pajamas - have you seen this video?

Its stinking adorable. And if you want to make some PJs like this - designer Ellie Inspired has a pattern that goes up to sz 12. 

Well, since this is my last day of school sewing for this calendar year, I wanted to bring you something classic and beautiful AND it just so happened that one of our talented tween designers was looking to test an expansion to a classic and beautiful dress - match made in heaven. I have featured Foo Foo Threads here several times. You can see her whole pattern collection here Now, most of her patterns only go to a 10, but her size 10 pattern typically fits my size 12 29" chest child. The Victorian Romance dress is already released as a pattern but it will be re-releasing up to the size 10 with some new options. You now will be able to have a gathered sleeve, the option of an elastic casing back, and a beautiful full underskirt. You can see the current version here 

The new version will be releasing soon. You can follow Foo Foo Threads on Facebook to stay up to date on all new releases

I was inspired by one of the Victorian Romance testers from the first version who did a beautiful Mrs. Claus rendition. I followed suit and added the white full underskirt and embellished my bodice in Claus style with black velvet ribbon and white buttons. This is not a one hour sew, but it is SO beautiful. In this size 10, you have your hands full with a lot of gathering, but you know what a lot of gathering gets you? A lot of twirl and ruffles. I think this is a great pattern for an adventurous beginner. I think you can make this in so many ways with fancy fabrics or beautifully coordinating ones. 

I present to you, our 67th outfit, our last school outfit for 2013 - The Foo Foo Threads Victorian Romance New Version size 10. Inspiration - Mrs. Claus.

If you and your family will be going on blog hiatus for the holidays, let me take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas and I wish you all a blessed and prosperous 2014. Just because school is out, I will still be posting. I hope to have another tutorial before Christmas and we will be travelling over the break, so I will be sharing pictures and stories from the road.

As this is the halfway point of the school year, I just want to thank all of you for the support I have received for this blog. I had this crazy idea to sew all of my daughter's clothes this school year and so far, it has happened - through a fractured shoulder, late night sewing, and general life. I have had so many people contact me saying that this project has inspired them - some it has inspired to start sewing, some have picked up sewing after a long time, and some are TEACHING their tween to sew. Sewing has been such a blessing for me. I have 3 college degrees that I feel reflect nothing about who I am. Sewing and design are a passion for me. I think about some facet of sewing all of the time! It saddens me to see this labelled a "dying" art. It gives me such joy to hear people coming here wanting to have some part in its resuscitation. 2014 is going to be a fantastic year and I hope you will continue to visit and carry on this path with me.


  1. Beautiful dress! You have definitely inspired me! I have made two dresses this week, and have one more to sew tomorrow. They are Christmas presents and I am dying to see them on my girls!

    1. Thank you for the sweet words! I would love to see pics when you give them to them! I am sure they are beautiful. Merry Christmas!

  2. You are definitely an inspiration! I am not ready to sew clothes yet but I do have my next and second sewing project ever picked out to start in the new year! THANK YOU and Merry CHRISTmas!

    1. You did SO awesome on your project and I am so proud of you for all you did. I know your hands have been full this Christmas season and I am praying that you will have a calmer, more stable 2014. Merry Christmas!