Scuba Knit and Eloflex!

I hope you have all enjoyed this holiday season! Below is my Christmas dress and the last project of 2017.

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The pattern, McCall’s 6886 is a classic that’s been around for awhile, and has received nearly 200 reviews on the Pattern Review website. Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve sewn the simple pattern.

While sewing the dress was simple, taking photographs was not………..

IMG_0012 3Failed flashes, poor lighting, a squirming baby, windy weather etc… prevented us from getting flattering pics,


but it was the perfect dress for my typical Christmas  –  not too dressy, festive and comfortable.

The Oscar de la Renta neoprene from Mood Fabrics is the best, leading me to order 4 more yards. The Kelly Green is now sold out but other colors in this perfect weight scuba knit are available.


I embellished the sleeves with ruffles, and while they added a festive touch to the dress, the fabric is a little heavy for this feature. I plan to sew it again keeping it simple, possibly using one of my go to patterns such as Vogue 9047.

If you’re not using Eloflex Thread for sewing knits, you’re missing a good thing! I truly cannot recommend this stretch thread highly enough. Manufactured by Coats & Clark, Eloflex thread allows you to use a straight stitch on knits and will not snap or break.  I use it in the bobbin as well.


It is especially perfect for topstitching necklines.


So here we are almost at the end of the busy holiday season. As I mentioned on Instagram, Hubby and I came across this snowman tree at a party and are ready to incorporate it’s simplicity into our lives on a regular basis.

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It’s been fun but I’m ready to wind down, get organized and head back to my sewing room!



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