Monday, 19 December 2011

Not Exactly A Wishlist

In the frenzy preceding Christmas I can't be the only one who's felt caught off guard when asked, "So, what do you want for Christmas?".  What I want???  Having been so consumed with the makings of presents for others (I know- so giving, so festively selfless), I almost forgot that there might even be a parcel or two under the tree for me.  There seem to be endless what-to-give-who lists out there, and I've definitely salivated over some of the wishlists being posted by fellow bloggers, but when it actually comes down to compiling my own list of all the things I could possibly want, my mind goes completely blank.  In fact, right now the main thing I want for Christmas is to ~paniclessly~ finish all the things I have committed myself to making in time, and successfully pull off a Christmas feast for ten.  Well, ok, maybe a little panic will help to push me into the adrenaline sodden state needed to work most efficiently.

So, instead of writing my own letter to Santa, I'm still making a list (checking it twice), of all the projects I can't wait to get stuck into in the New Year, when I'm no longer consumed with present making and Christmas baking.  A wish-to-make list, if you will, of all the productivity to look forward to in the bleakness that is January.

From the top, left to right -

  • Close Cables Sweater, pattern by Pickles.  I made a start on this back in October, and most of the body is done, but has had to be put on the back burner to make space for Christmas stuff.  I can't wait for the cold, aimless January evenings to cosy up by the fire and finish this sweater off.
  • Vogue 8820. Started already, but I hit a standstill when I roll hemmed the drapey scarf piece the wrong way and couldn't face unpicking the whole thing and starting again, especially with so many more important things to be getting on with!  When I get back to this dress, I think I'll just change around the bodice pieces, switching over left and right; it's only really a toile anyway in polyester crepe so doesn't really have a right side/wrong side so I reckon that will be fine.
  • I've been really itching to make a huge hexagonal quilt recently, and have gathered a lovely collection of fabrics to make for a really happy but also serene double bedspread.  The perfect project for Spring, allowing myself plenty of time to find the perfect backing fabric while I gradually piece together the quilt top.
  • The Colette Negroni Shirt.  This will actually be a belated birthday/Christmas present for my Step-Dad as the pattern still hasn't arrived, and I'd never be able to make it in time anyway!  In the meantime he will be receiving a picture of the pattern cover with a swatch of the plaid brushed cotton and pearl snaps I'll be using to make it.
  • For a long while I've been thinking about making a braided rug.  Then I saw a tutorial in SouleMama's book in which she braided strips of jersey from thrifted t-shirts, and have kept meaning to start collecting t-shirts from charity shops ever since...
  • The Wonderful Wallaby knitting pattern from Cottage Creations, to be made for my boy, a project  I've had bookmarked since seeing it featured on the Purlbee. I have the perfect yarn and have finally tracked down a copy of the pattern so as soon as it arrives...
  • When I saw this lace miniskirt on Pinterest, I immediately thought of some beautiful and very similar khaki green lace I've had knocking about in my studio for well over a year. I think I'll use the pencil skirt pattern I've made three times already, just shorten it, and line it with some of the nude silk leftover from my Swing Jacket.
  • Whilst clearing out the little shed at the bottom of my garden the other day, I found a panelled window pane similar to the one in the image.  I'm going to clean it up and find some pictures to frame in the panels, and mount on the (painfully) blank wall in my bedroom.  I had originally thought of finding some decadent Art Nouveau or 40s siren type images bordering on the pornographic, but then I thought how grossed out my son would be as he gets older and notices the saucy pictures in Mama's room... Any ideas?
  • Very excited to make a start on Sewaholic's Minoru Jacket pattern that's been getting such wonderful reviews everywhere I look.  I'm going to look for some black twill for the shell and will hopefully have enough of the plaid brushed cotton for the lining.
  • Once again, I have Pinterest to thank for this genius idea for reusable kitchen roll.  I'm close to running out of the paper stuff and have vowed not to buy anymore!
  • Madly in love am I with this amazing blue floral dress I saw on one of Casey's pinboards.  I'm pretty sure I can recreate it using various skirt and dress patterns I already have, just mixed and matched, but I have yet to find the perfect fabric.
  • And last but not least, thanks to Marie for alerting me to another great new pattern design company - Toronto based Victory Patterns.  I'll be starting with their Hazel Dress.


  1. Hooray - I'm doing the Minoru jacket too, I'd also like to try the Negroni for my husband next year. Good idea for printing out the pattern cover - I might use that for a Christmas present. I've also just downloaded the Hazel pattern too after seeing it on Marie/lazy stitching this morning heheh. Although I'm having trouble printing out the pattern file so have contacted them to ask for another version I can actually open.

    You've also inspired me to make a wish list for next year's sewing... :)

  2. Oh, I love your 'things to make' wishlist...I might have to go right ahead and pinch the idea ;o) The Negroni I had planned as an Xmas present for my boyfriend has now been assigned as a Valentine's gift instead due to time constraints. I'd also like to follow the Minoru sew-along and I have some ambitious knitting plans now that I'm totally obsessed.

    Thanks for the mention by the way - I've already bought and printed out Ava and Chloe!!!

  3. wow, what a lovely thought - a month of no holidays with cold and rain/snow to keep you inside, nice and cozy with no distractions and all the time you need to sew while listening to itunes. sounds like heaven to me!

    i think there are plenty of art nouveau prints that aren't scandalous that you could use ;)

    i love your wishlist but I bet if I made one for myself it would be never ending, haha!

  4. I love your blog!!!This article is wonderful:)xx
    Radical Dining Society

  5. This is so inspirational! What a lovely, lovely list. Oh and thank you for commenting on my blog as now I've (very happily) found yours! x


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