Last night was my last sewing class, and since I finished my pants last week, I had my new project ready to start. Next up is a jumper for Annika, which will be her Christmas dress (assuming it turns out well!). I'm making it out of a dark grey corduroy, and I've already found a cute red turtleneck for underneath, and black tights with white polka dots to go with it. It's very plain and simple (and hopefully simple to sew!), so I thought I'd add a few funky buttons on the front to add a little visual interest. At first I was thinking about trying to find buttons that were Christmas-y (or at least red or green), but I think I'm going to go with black and/or white buttons, so the dress stays neutral and she can wear it more.
Last night I was able to get all the pieces laid out, marked and cut out (which was a bit more complicated than doing the pants), and I ironed on the interfacing to facing of the jumper. Listen to me, talking like a sewer ;). It doesn't sound like much, but it took all evening! I was glad to be able to get those things done in class, where I still was able to get advice and guidance from the teacher. It was my first time working with interfacing (which, for those aren't familiar, is a layer of fabric that adds stability to your fabric - for necklines, collars, cuffs, etc), so it was nice to have help with that. The rest of the steps I think I'll be able to handle on my own. Today while Emmett was napping and Annika was having quiet time, I sewed the facing to the jumper and I'm now ready to attach the front to the back (so much for getting housework done while Annika's at preschool!). Stay tuned... pictures will be coming when it's all finished!