‘Twas the Friday Before Christmas


‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, when all through the crib
Not a creature was stirring, not even a kid;
Hubs’ unfinished shirt was thrown aside without care,
In hopes that I might sew buttons on its placket bare;

The children were couched all snug in their screens,
Transfixed by seasonal television beams;
And Hubs in his bike gear, and I in my jams,
Had just settled in to attend to the evening’s bedlam,


IMG_8573When suddenly an impulse, a whim.
And I raced up the stairs limb over limb.
Away to the sewing nook I few like a crazy,
Seizing a few moments of family members’ lazy.

The moon glinted off the gently falling snow,
The first almost-white almost-Christmas my children would know
When what to my wondering eyes should transpire
But a brand new dress, my true sewing desire.


IMG_8571With an easy fit, so loose and so breezy
I knew, upon reflection, it must be un-sleevy.
More rapid than eagles my sewing shears cut
As I divorced myself from my Christmas sewing rut

Now, Bernina! now, linen! now pattern instructions!
On, shears! on bobbin! on steam iron and notions!
To the sewing table! to the ironing board!
To the eave of the attic where these things are stored!


IMG_8558Using a borrowed machine, I was nervous,
A temporary replacement for my Nova that requires some service.
I rationalized to sew Hubs’ shirt would be dumb
Until this machine and I were acquainted some

And then, seam by seam, a dress took shape,
The last of my Christmas sewing could just wait.
A bit of trouble, the inseam pockets perplexed me
Until I properly matched the pattern pieces that had vexed me.



It was flow-y and loose from nape to knee
It was a shade of yellow that pleasing to me
The pockets, once confounding, now delighted
As to the washing machine I then alighted

Horror – o horrors! The interfacing came off!
All the facings! they all separated in the wash!
Back to the machine I trudged in dismay
To repair this dress in time to wear Christmas day.

Quick and satisfying this dress was a respite
From other projects Father Christmas demanded, the despot
My mother exclaimed, I was feeling so nifty,
When I opened the door: “We wore those in the 60’s!


Pattern: Farrow Dress, Grainline Studios
View A
Size: 8
Fabric: Linen from Jo-Ann


Geranium Dress

Like everyone else in the sewing universe who loves sewing small dresses, I discovered the Geranium Dress, bought the Geranium Dress pattern, made it up, and delighted in it. Possibly unlike everyone else, I didn’t stop there. I made more Geranium dresses than I had possible use for. I made them in every size with every neckline and every sleeve. I made them in geometric, bird, floral, dinosaur, cupcake, and sausage (that one was for my restaurateur cousin) fabrics. I made them for friends, I made them for friends of friends. I looked for every opportunity to give the things away and when I ran out of outlets I stowed them in a drawer from whence I drew this quite wrinkled version to finally pass along:

Pattern: Geranium Dress by Made by Rae, View A
Size: 2T
Fabric: Bird-covered cotton from Jo-Ann


It’s on its way to a little girl named Lark. Funny, that.

Tic Tac Toe

When I bought this darling Megumi Sakakibara fabric fabricworm.com‘s purveyors contacted me because the fabric left on the bolt was – no joke – 1 inch less than the 1.5 yards I had ordered. Did I still want the cut? Would I like some coordinating cuts to make up for it? Yes and yes, thank you! I loooove girls dresses with contrasting accents. I waited for the right pattern to cross my path for this fabric and its coordinating cousins. I thought the Tic Tac Toe Dress by Sewpony was it. I love the version with contrasting side panels and the version with contrasting pockets and the version with a contrasting bib. Are you getting the idea? I really like coordinating fabric accents.

I bought the pattern, went home, dug out the fabric and… I couldn’t see it. I sat on it for a while. I thought the thing holding me back all this time was that I hadn’t found the right pattern. It turns out the thing holding me back was that I don’t really like the coordinating fabrics. They’re OK, nice, perfectly fine, I have nothing against them, I just don’t really like them paired with the Megumi Sakakibara. I realized I was on a loop: as long as I was holding out for a pattern that would incorporate the coordinating cuts I was never going to use the fabric because I was never going to want to use the coordinating fabrics with any pattern that incorporated them.

Hmmm. All so pretty, but maybe not so much together?

So, what to do? I thought about the fabric. What did it want to be?

It wanted to be very traditional dress that has a peter pan collar and puff sleeves.


Pattern: Tic Tac Toe Dress by Sewpony
Size: 2T
Fabric: Megumi Sakakibara, Hana No Naka Purple

And here I bought this pattern because I liked its modern style. That’s OK, though, there will be others!

I’m honestly really proud of this one. I’ve never done piping before. Look how well it matches up! (After ripping out an inch of the seam of the one on the left to move it over a squidge). And it was so easy, too. I’ve never installed a zipper before. It went surprisingly well! I remembered afterwards that matching the waist seam is a thing to watch for, but I got lucky and it’s out of line by only about an eighth of an inch. I let it go.

This is a perfect Easter dress, yes? Too bad it’s 6 months too early. So unseasonal. Not at all appropriate for a trip to the pumpkin patch, even if the high today is 86. Should we use it now or save it for later?