Christmas in August?!?

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Anyone who knows me well, knows that I tend to be a procrastinator...though it is something I am trying to work on in my life...the roots run deep!  So it goes against every bone in my body to be sewing for Christmas in July/August...but it was fun nonetheless!  There are so many fun Christmas fabrics available in Peek-a-Boo's current pre-order!

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My big girl laid claim to the deer fabric as soon as she saw it and after looking through patterns, we settled in on the Love Notions Sloane Sweater.  I made her a camo version last fall, and it is still a favorite!  I did go on and size up to a 12, to make sure she would have plenty of room to grow into it this fall...and we also shortened the arm cuffs ever so slightly, mainly to accommodate the amount of floral fabric that was left. ;)  Sloane has multiple options, but we went for the basic banded sweater, and it was a super quick sew!

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I absolutely loved this "winter wonderland" panel and coordinating tree/truck fabric, but was at a total loss of how to use it.  I highly considered using it for something for me, but when sweet EC saw it, her eyes lit up and she proclaimed it needed to be a nightgown...for her, of course!  I tested and liked the Seamingly Smitten Easy Peasy nightgown last year, and when I checked the size chart...she is still squarely a size 6, so I didn't even have to reprint!

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The child panel is roughly 18" wide by 26" tall - so I knew it might be a tight squeeze, but knew I could figure it out.  I laid out my panel and pattern piece, and ended up cutting the length close to the 2T line - there was additional length in the panel, but width was the issue.  I basically cut my front piece as long as I could using the panel width I had.  I then cut the back piece length to match using coordinating fabric.  I wasn't too worried about losing length because I knew I could make up some length by adding a ruffle out of the coordinate at the bottom, and was okay with the nightgown not being as long as the pattern was written.  I cut a 5" strip of fabric for the bottom ruffle and gathered it to fit the bottom.  I opted not to hem as this is a casual nightgown :)  

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So there you have it...for once I'm ahead of the game, and have at least a few piece of Christmas sewing already completed!  How about you - when do you start your Christmas sewing??

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