First, I noticed the cute holiday fabrics in the chain stores around labor day. Although I find them, and most of the crafting projects that go with them, to be too cutesy for my taste, I have to figure that the fabric stores wouldn't be displaying them if people weren't buying them. Right?
Then I noticed the ugly holiday garments. I know we've all had fun with parties and contests for ugliest Christmas sweaters, but really. And the ready-to-wear Christmas offerings like the red or green jumpers, often do seem pretty, well yes, ugly.
So we have overly cutesy and outright ugly available in the stores. What that means to me is that it is a great time to sew. Where will you find the time? I know, the holidays may already feel overwhelming to some of you. So definitely, let's keep this simple.
Today I posted eight new fabrics on www.smugglersdaughter.com that are neither cutesy nor ugly. All of them are either red or green. There are prints and solids, knits and wovens. Any of them would easily sew up into a simple yet elegant blouse, sweater or dress for the holiday season. So whether you want something special for a holiday party, or just something in the spirit of the season for regular wear, do take a look.
Choose a simple yet distinctive pattern with no difficult fitting challenge. The Rudolph Red Tencel, the Green Italian Suiting and the Teal Handkerchief Linen should all sew up fairly easily. Think easy, no stress and strain, even enjoy the holiday garment sewing project. And if you really want to avoid stress, start now.
Whatever you do, don't buy any more of that hideous holiday ready-to-wear clothing ever again. This is a great way to send a clear message to the titans of the garment industry. Let them know that we won't spend money unless they offer us quality goods.