This year has gone by so fast. One day I feel like the year just started, and now all of a sudden Christmas is only 40 days away. The holidays are upon us, and you know what that means? Family photos, holiday parties, and getting gifts ready.
I am thrilled to be included on this Holiday Blog Tour From Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates.
My husband is an architect, and he works for a worldwide company. Every year, there is a big holiday party, and it is usually a semi-dressy event. I always worry, and plan, what I am going to wear to this event. His coworkers only see me a small handful of times each year. I would totally wear my Mama Bear Joggers, because, lets be honest, that is pretty much all I want to wear these days.
I wanted to dress up, but not be too dressed up (ugh, being a woman is hard sometimes).
The Pirate Pencil Skirt (Free to the members of the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group)was perfect. This pattern is so versatile, and I have 5 others (liverpool, scuba, cotton lycra, and double brushed poly are great fabric choices too). This one was made with stretch lace and swimsuit fabric (yep, that’s right). Right now, I am obsessed with a midi length skirt (mid calf) and I think it looks great on all body types.
I made sure my stretch lace and my lining had the right stretch requirements (recommended 30-40% stretch). I actually used a nude swimsuit material for the lining and waistband. The lining was shortened a couple of inches to showcase the beautiful scallops.
I also used the Mama Lea Dolman Dress for my top. Double Brushed Poly is a wonderful fabric. Using the top pattern, I extended the cut 1.5″. Finished the neckline and hemmed the sleeves. That’s it! Cute dolman crop top to go with my high waisted lace Pirate Pencil Skirt.
I added some bling around the neckline with sequins and beads. I am a huge fan of the color black, but I wanted to make sure there was a little bit of Holiday in my look.
Add some interfacing to the area where the sequins will go (make sure this area does not stretch. The sequins might pop out if there is negative ease in this area). Put sequin and bead on. Push needle through the hole of the sequin to hold in the bead and sequin. Keep adding sequins and beads in whatever shape, design, or word you are looking to do.
Bam! Instant bling.
Now I am all ready to go to the work party, and both of my items can be used later with other patterns or looks.
There are so many other ideas for Holiday sewing on the Made For Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates Blog Tour.
Check out the other ladies, and their great Holiday Sewing Ideas.