Saturday, December 2, 2017

5 out of 4 Patterns' Holiday Tour: Christmas Sparkle!

I got really excited about this tour, because I've A) never sewn a 5oo4 pattern before; B) never made my own Christmas outfit, and C) love Christmas! We have a couple of small family oriented traditions at our house - Decorating, Cookies, - and I really am trying to add "handmade clothing" to that list.


This also gave me the perfect excuse to push for getting our tree before the weekend, because I needed the husband to take some photos. He's my best photographer! ;)

Now that I have sewn a 5oo4 pattern (actually I've made a few now - you'll see two, but I've made 3 and have a 4th cut out!) I'm ready to make that a tradition. I love my Camilla dress! This sweater knit likes to cling to itself, and I can NOT capture the color, but that's indoor photography (with an iPhone) for ya. It's a very bright blue, almost cerulean. Not really my usual color - I tend to stick with more muted tones and neutrals, but my husband is a fan! I'm trying to incorporate a little more "fun" into my wardrobe and I think this did it!


The slip was sort of an "oops" - I meant to make it a full length slip (by that I mean just to my thighs, not ankle length ;) ) but got distracted while cutting my Lakeshore pattern and made a tank. So...I added an 85% width band, and it actually kinda worked in my favor. This is some mysterious athletic-type fabric from Joann, and adding a band on the bottom not only made the full-length slip happen, but I was able to cinch it in just that much around my legs and it really stays in place well! Plus it keeps the dress fabric from bunching up on itself right where I really don't want it to, but it's not so snug that I can't move freely.


I have a confession - this post is about Christmas traditions, but I don't actually decorate for Christmas in my good clothes.

Ahem. Anyway. Christmas decorating in our house usually happens right around Thanksgiving - I'm pretty sure this is actually the latest we've ever taken the decorations out! But today worked out in the schedule, so here we are. We picked up a live tree (okay, that's a first - but I'm so relieved to be rid of our old artificial one! This one smells SO good.) I had a frantic hunt around the house for our treasured ornaments, and we discovered a box of lights we just bought is defective, so we'll be exchanging those tomorrow before we finish decorating. Not everything goes according to plan!


My husband and I put up the tree, hang lights and the "big stuff", and the "nice" ornaments. He puts the tree topper on (because he's the only one who can reach), and the kids help decorate the rest of the tree! We have one of "those" trees - you can tell how high up the kids can reach when we're done. I love it! (Also they add their special touches around the room. Guess which figures I put up there.)


I usually make about 50-60% of the kids' special occasion clothing. This year I'm aiming for 95% (I'm not making their socks/underclothes), and I decided I'd add myself to the mix. I made my Easter dress this year, so why not Christmas too?? I am so pleased with how easy that cowl effect was, and how cozy those "extra long" sleeves are! I have a weird sensory thing with thumbholes and don't like them much, but I do like to be able to pull my sleeves down over my hands a little if it's cold, and these are perfect. Year by year I'm adding to my sewing traditions - maybe next year I'll be sewing for David too!


One last tradition I want to share - we've been asked to share a holiday treat recipe if we'd like, and I thought of peanut blossoms. They're not original, but they're definitely a favorite tradition around here! My hubs isn't much of a big sweets fan but these are his all time favorite cookie, and the kids never complain! I don't do a lot of Christmas baking, but I always make sure that at least one batch of sugar cookies gets made for Santa, and a couple batches of these - they never last long.



Leave me a comment about a favorite holiday tradition, or maybe a link to a favorite recipe...? And I'll pick someone randomly to receive a free 5 out of 4 pattern! Jessica graciously provided patterns for this tour, and she's giving away more to readers, so keep an eye on the rest of the bloggers for more chances! (I'll draw a winner using a random name picker at the end of the tour!)

**STEPHANIE WEBB is the winner of the free 5oo4 pattern of choice! Stephanie, contact Tasha @ tasha@5oo4.com with your choice and account email, and she'll get that added for you!**

Blog Tour Schedule
December 3 - Pattern Revolution
December 7 - Turtle Birdies

37 comments:

  1. For the last several years we’ve skipped all the crazy Black Friday madness and we spend the day outside, together, as a family and we find and cut down the perfect Christmas tree.

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    1. I love that! I'm not a Black Friday shopper either - the occasional online deal, but I can't do the stores!

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  2. My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve Dinner at my uncles house.

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    1. Special meals with family are the best <3 I have wonderful memories of holidays with my mom's family at my grandparent's house.

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  3. Last year we really got into the spirit and made gingerbread houses and loved decorating them as well as using the leftovers for actual gingerbread people, it was such fun! We plan to do it again this year when my Xmas spirit kicks in 😱 haven’t found it yet but I’m trying lol. I love your dress I have some black sparkle knit just arrived to make one too

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    1. Oh how fun!! My kids are begging for a gingerbread house - I don't know if I'll get around to making my own, but there are always the kits I suppose...(all they want is candy anyway!)

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  4. We always make sure the tree is up before the middle of December (my dad's birthday), although this year we're skipping the lights (my eyes are too light sensitive to cope with the led lights we bought a couple of years ago :( ) However, I'm still looking forward to digging the artificial tree out from the depths of the garage, and helping Mum with the decorations.

    The other little tradition we have, is the picture frame nearest my pet budgie's cage always gets tinsel around it (suitably out of reach of the budgie!). We've got a new budgie this year, so it's going to be interesting to see what he makes of it!

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    1. Decorating the tree is so fun! I always wish I could do it more than once!

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  5. I love love 💕 your sparkly Christmas dress! It looks great on you! Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much! I just love it, and I am so happy to have a custom outfit this year!

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  6. Your dress looks lovely. It's inspirational.

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    1. Aww, thank you! That's such a wonderful thing to hear!

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  7. Christmas at our place always has Hunters pudding and hard sauce. This recipe is one my gramma always made for dinner.

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    1. Ooh, I love those Christmas desserts. I don't know that one, though, I'll have to look it up!

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  8. We love Date Rock cookies. They were my Dad's favorite and now are my husbands. A small cookie loaded with dates and walnuts.

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    1. So nice that it's a favorite for both, so you can carry on the tradition yourselves!

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  9. My mom and sister and I make Christmas candy every year and it’s such a fun tradition. One of the easiest things I make is pretzel rods in coating chocolate with sprinkles on top. My kiddos love them. :)

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    1. That sounds like a lot of fun! I made chocolate dipped pretzels last year - they are easy! Thanks for the reminder, I might have to do it again!

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  10. My favorite holiday tradition is definitely fajitas for Christmas dinner! And my in-laws tradition is chicken enchiladas! I definitely married into the right family!

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    1. Yum! Sounds like it! Delicious traditions :)

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    2. Stephanie I drew your name for the random giveaway winner! Email Jessica with 5 out of 4 Patterns with your pattern of choice and account email so she can add that for you!

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  11. Now that we have Grandchildren, my husband and I love to make Christmas cookies that his Momma used to make at Christmas time with the Grandkids that they never got to meet. We talk about their Great Grandma up in heaven while baking.

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    1. Sweet <3 That's wonderful memories for them!

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  12. Oh! Your cowl dress is beautiful! One of my favorite holiday traditions is driving around with the kids and looking at Christmas lights!

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    1. Thank you! :) A favorite here as well! We have a "festival of lights" at a local public park area and it's always so fun for the kids!

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  13. Such a cute dress and the cowl is perfect !!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I just love the cowl, it turned out so great and was so much easier than I thought!

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  14. http://allthatsleftarethecrumbs.blogspot.ca/2013/12/cardamom-snowdrop-cookies.html

    I make a cookie very similar to these :) Have been for years. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Happy Holidays! Ooh - they look like Russian tea cakes, which I love, but even with my Finnish roots I've never been able to appreciate cardamom. ;) It's a frequent player in caramel rolls or in pulla, a Finnish sweet bread.

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  15. That blue is such a great color on you!

    My favorite cookie for the holidays (as opposed to for everyday, for which I prefer chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin) is known by many names...Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes are the two I know it by, which is a bit confusing since it isn't a cake at all. https://www.foodwine.com/ggt/ggt0498/ggt042498.html

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    1. I love those too! I have great memories of cookie trays from my mom's family's bakery growing up, and Russian teas were always included!

      And thank you! :) I love the blue.

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  16. Love your dress! That blue is fabulous! :)
    I love when we set up all our outdoor Christmas lights and blow-ups. It's something that that the kids enjoy and look forward to every year.

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    1. Thank you so much! Outdoor decorating isn't my forte but I really appreciate when others do it! I love to drive around with my family and see all the wonderful displays!

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  17. That blue is your color. Theses cookies are my son's favorites - he is in his 40's, but still always on the cookie tray!

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    1. Thank you! :) They are really excellent cookies! I made a double batch last week and they are gone :O Need to make more before Christmas!

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