The girls wanted skirts this winter so they could wear their stockings and boots so that has been the outfit of choice this season which made it SUPER easy for me!! I made a Christmas skirt for three of my daughters and then made two more for two of my nieces. They loved their skirts and so did I (especially because it did not take long to make all five!) The pictures above were at our home for Christmas Eve. It is tradition for my Mom, brother, sisnlaw and their children to come over. It was later in the evening this year so all was inside which made for a loud blessed time with 10 children running around! (and Zoë even cooperated and smiled which was a Christmas miracle too ;)
For Christmas presents, I did make more skirts for other nieces and Annalyce and Mia always get an outfit for Christmas. I made them each a Boutique Dress Top with matching Boutique Bottoms. As soon as the weather gets a little warmer I will take pictures of them wearing it. I know they will look so cute!!
I am looking forward to the New Year! I have all my drawings of new designs and I plan to start narrowing down to about 5-7 patterns this week and next. I am excited about 2010 and my prayer is that all of you and your family are abundantly blessed this new year! May God increase your finances through these difficult times! My hope is that some of you can make some Boutique clothing using my easy patterns to make some extra income for your family. Some great ideas are to make a few outfits and take them to your church. You will be amazed at the Moms that will want to order some outfits. The best way to simplify and not get overwhelmed is to purchase a few coordinating fabrics and offer three simple designs to start off with. You can offer the Boutique Dress Top with a matching Boutique Bottoms and/or FAITH Double Layer Dress Top with a matching Boutique Bottoms, and/or a solid tee with a cute pair of ruffled Boutique Bottoms. All of these patterns are not just easy to sew but they make adorable outfits that just do not go out of style. There are many great fabric shops and I have found that some of the fabric designers I love make the prettiest coordinating fabrics which make it so easy to choose fabric for an outfit. Some great fabric designers are Jennifer Paganelli (Sis Boom), Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, Bari J, Paula Prass, Tanya Whelan, Tina Givens, Lila Tueller, Laura Gunn, Genevieve Gail, Sandi Hendersen just to name a few. There are so many out there! I do a lot of my fabric shopping at FatQuarterShop but there are many great fabric shops that have the same fabric like fabritopia, fabfanatic fabrics, fabric attic, fabric cafe, fabric hound, fabric junkie, fabric worm, and there are so many more. If you are a fabric shop and you are not on this list, please leave a comment for these blog readers to come meet you!