The Christmas Gift Giving Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Christmas Gift Giving Blog Tour.  Today is Day One of the Tour and both Tibeca Yao from Sewing by Ti and Lauren Wernli from Sew by Pattern Pieces, will be your hosts.
It is that time of year where we are looking for something to wear that is a little festive.  Ever since I laid my eyes on this beautiful fabric in a destash group (Thank you Sneha), I have had the vision of this dress in my head.  I am so excited that I have now had the time to put it together and also to be able to share it with you.  
Thank you to the lovely, awesome, fantastic, and very patient Tasha Kimlin who took the following photos for this post.  Tash has the most amazing eye for detail and this is represented throughout her home.  As soon as I saw her stunning tree (as it is every year!) I knew I had to use this location as the backdrop to showcase this dress.
In order to create this dress, I have taken the Ladies Fun Tee and brought it in 1/2″ each side at the waist and cut it off 1″ below the lengthen shorten line at the waist (I am long in the body!)  Next I measured the Glamour Swirl Skirt (Free when you join my group) waists and found a size to fit the top half of the Ladies Tee and used that for the skirt.  This skirt is a full circle.
There are many options to create a feature at the waist.  One idea could be an actual belt!  We very nearly used a rose gold one.  Another idea could be a contrast band in stretch.  We decided, in this case, to use a statin sash, about 8cm wide and wrapped around twice and tied into a bow.  The sash finishes the dress off nicely worn either at the front of the dress or at the back.
Have you decided on your Christmas outfit this year?  Using the Ladies Fun Tee could be a great option.  We live in Australia and I find this dress so comfortable in the heat, no need to iron and it has the ability to dress up or down to suit the occasion.  Plus I can change the band at the waist and my shoes and have a completely different outfit.
The Ladies Fun Tee is available with Fronts for A-G cup
Sizes supplied in this pattern 
  AU 6 – 26, US 2 – 22, EU 32 – 52
We have had many lovely designers contribute to the prize package for this tour. With only a couple of weeks until Christmas, we thought it would be a great idea to showcase a pattern from each designer that would make a great gift to give away over the Festive Season.  
Every one of the businesses that are featured in this post has kindly donated the prizes for The Christmas Gift Giving Blog Tour, so I hope you love reading about the fun projects they have on offer and pay them a visit.  
All of the contributors are listed in alphabetical order.
The holiday cutout dress by Bella Sunshine The Holiday Cutout Dress & Top is packed full of options. Different cutouts, different lengths, and an optional appliqué give you the opportunity to make it unique every time you sew it. Layer it over a long sleeve shirt and leggings for the winter or keep it as is for warmer months. And with the different cutouts available in various sizes, you can make one for every one of your favorite holidays. Included cutouts feature a heart, shamrock, bunny, star, pumpkin, and tree.
The Puppet Purses from Bishy Barnababes make great, fun gifts that can be whipped up in no time. Using felt or fleece, they are a unique design that combines both a puppet and a small purse for loose change or other treasures. Kids love them! There are two sets of animals and both patterns are currently on sale in the Bishy Barnababes shop.
The Primrose Pj’s from Daydream Patterns is a super cute design for your favourite girl – perfect for sleepover parties and summer fun! An easy and quick Christmas present – who doesn’t need new jammies for Xmas?

The pdf pattern includes pajama shorts with lace edging along the hem and pocket and a stretch knit singlet top with soft gathers across the front shoulders and across the back.  The pattern includes 4 applique templates – a heart, a cupcake, a butterfly shape, and a Christmas tree shape, especially for the festive season. Also included is a sleep mask in size small and medium. Full instructions on how to make these are included in the tutorial.
The pattern includes size 4 – 14 girls sizes and a detailed instruction tutorial with illustrations. An A0 copy shop file and a 36″ wide copy shop file are also included.
Harem Shorts Little Kiwi’s Closet. Easy to sew and super addictive to make, just one pair of these harem shorts is not enough. Made from comfy knit these shorts move and grow with your child as they explore their world.  Smaller sizes are suitable for cloth and disposable nappies.
The Tainted Love Fold Over Clutch from Little Moo Designs brings together clean lines, contrast panels and a double zipper focus for a perfect clutch to take you from daytime to evening. This grab and go style clutch features an internal zipper welt pocket and a double card slot holding all of your essentials in one place. Designed for leather and vinyl, the contrast panel allows the Clutch to be matched to your favourite seasonal outfit.
Coif from Mother Grimm Designs There are 4 basic Coif styles- One Seam, Two Seam, Short, and Long Pixie points.  This is a close-fitting hood/hat that can be lined and made reversible.  It can fit easily underneath coats and tops, keeping the neck and the entire head warm – meaning that scarves and other bulky items are not necessary to keep warm. 
The add-on features a completely different bonus free coif pattern that allows you to make a shark/dolphin/fish.  The add-on pack also contains a selection of different ear styles and sizes (including Dragon, Rabbit, and Puppy), spikes/teeth as well as a range of Knight crests and a visor for budding adventurers.  
Your imagination can run wild and create a completely new and unique look every time.
Mermaid Tail Blanket from Made for Mermaids are comfy, take little fabric, adorable, and a quick sew! If you need a quick gift for ANY child, they will love this fun blanket. Very easy fit with options given to make it fit a large size range. Matching dolly takes NO extra yardage and makes the perfect add on to your handmade shop OR your doll loving daughter. Mermaid tail blankets for everyone!  Free Downloadable pattern from their website.
Image result for made for mermaids mermaid tail blanket
The Tea To Go tea bag travel case from Rachel Rossi Designs makes a great gift for any tea lover: mothers, grandmothers, best friends, and sisters! Tea To Go is the perfect way to travel with your favorite teas, It includes 6 pockets and folds up small enough to fit in your jeans pocket.

A PDF sewing pattern for a camera toy by Swoodsen Says, with both neck strap and wrist strap options. A small vinyl pocket on the back allows you to slip in pictures for a ‘view-finder’ to use in pretend play. Perfect as a softie for a baby or infant OR a prop for dress-up & imaginative play for an older child.

The Briar and Fluer dolls from Twig and Tale are wonderful for young
ones learning about the world absorb all they see, hear, and feel with wide-open
eyes and hearts.  A doll made from natural materials makes the intangible
real and shows them love can be held and nurtured.  Made by you, he or she
will always be perfect in their eyes, a priceless gift, and lifelong
These delightful dolls have clear, detailed tutorials – no previous dollmaking or embroidery experience is required!
The patterns for their lovely wee clothes are also included so your doll is
all ready for someone special to love and play with.
The Fable Headband from Wolf and Tree  This pattern has so many options that can be made out of woven, knit, wool, felt…..Make ear muffs with a round shape or troll shaped. You can also add ears or flowers to embellish or omit the ear muffs and make beautiful headbands to turn this pattern into a pattern for all seasons.

Use the pattern to make crowns as party favors and gifts. This pattern does it all.
Today we have seen amazing gift giving patterns on the market,  
which one will you grab hold of and sew for a friend or family member?
The Christmas Gift Giving Blog Tour runs from
Tuesday 13th- Friday 16th December 2016
Day 1 Tuesday 13th _  Tibeca Yao
Day 2 Wednesday 14th _  Sarah Hoggett
Day 3 Thursday 15th _  Angie Kyp
Day 4 Friday 16th _ Nelleke van der Haar (Rounding up the Tour)

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