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The holiday season is almost synonymous with parties. And for most of us, that means hours of fretting over what we are going to wear. My choice was easy, since my mom offered to stitch up my outfit with a beautiful reproduction bark cloth I saw at Quilt Market.

Here's the ensemble I wore to the inaugural Fashion Biennial Event, The Rightfully Sewn Golden Gala in Kansas City, Missouri.


This event raises funding for the group's Seamstress Training Program, which mentors at-risk women and prepares them for full-time jobs in the sewing industry and works to reestablish Kansas City as a fashion manufacturing hub. This is a cause I feel strongly about and have worked with Rightfully Sewn, The Sacred Sewing Room, and other organizations in the past.

At Fall Quilt Market, I discovered an Australian fabric company called Ella Blue. Their latest line called "Outback Wife" by Gertrude Made caught my eye. These vintage inspired designs were inspired by the hardworking women who tamed the Australian outback. Simply beautiful and inspired!

The Urban Tunic stitched up perfectly in this structured fabric. It's a great weight for a garment pattern but still easy to sew with. The slight A-line silhouette of the dress looks great over leggings or tights.

I also knew it would look absolutely stunning in the Sophia Swing Coat. This is one of our most popular jacket patterns because it looks so elegant while also providing the coverage needed to walk from the car into your party! With cotton you might prefer to add a lining to the inside to "weigh" the fabric and provide more warmth, but with bark cloth no lining is necessary.

Check out that fabulous metallic shimmer. Perfect for the holiday season!

We left the coat without any closure, but you can also add those if you desire. We typically use 30 mm extra large snaps from Dritz with a couple statement buttons.

Here you can see how the flowers were fussy cut to highlight the center of the yoke. The back pleat allows for full range of motion and a subtle swing of the coat when walking.

My mom also surprised me by stitching up this Petite Stitch Purse with the beautiful flowers of the pattern fussy cut perfectly on the outside. She even added a quilted accent around the flowers.

What are you wearing to your holiday parties? Are you making your own Christmas dress or one for a family member?

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