I wanted to post all the other handmade Christmas gifts at once, but despite working till all hours of the night to finish the second part of my sister Allie’s gift in order to mail it on time, it didn’t make it. Not only did it not make it on time, it made it a week later than I was told as the expected arrival date. Frustrating, since I had it mailed to my other sister, who now has to send it down to Southern Utah – but oh well, such is life. Maybe I’ll plan better next year and get things done MONTHS in advance! Right…
This seemed to be the theme this year – working till all hours of the night in order to finish up gifts. Which honestly was a little surprising, considering I really am usually better about starting early on Christmas gifts. I think because I was doing a lot of knitting this year, I was just underestimating the time it would take to finish them. In fact, I know that’s why. My past homemade gifts have mostly involved sewing, and I’ve kept them simple enough that they are done relatively quickly. As in, 2 hours vs. 6+ for a knitted gift.
So my point with all this is that I had bought fabric and a pattern to make the girls robes. I bought them back in November, convinced I could just take a weekend and whip them up – no stress, and they would be cuter and cheaper than the ones I found in the store (which only came in size 4 and above anyway – too big for Sophie). Instead, I waited and waited, in order to get mailed gifts off first, and then ended up a few days before Christmas, determined to finish these damn things if it was the last thing I did.
Luckily, they were easy. I took one or two shortcuts because some of the finishing work seemed a little ridiculous for a child’s robe. I’m glad I did, because I was able to knock them out in 3 sewing sessions. The girls were really happy with them – I think the cuddly fleece did the trick. That and the fabric choices – Hello Kitty for Ella, and animals for Sophie. Ella actually walked in on me while I was cutting her fabric and as Tom ushered her out, she started screeching, “Hello Kitty fabric! Hello Kitty fabric! Mom! Mom! That’s Hello Kitty fabric!” Which was a much more excited response than we got from the dollhouse, which she loved but declared wasn’t really a present because it wasn’t wrapped. As for Sophie, she just sits and points to all the animals, making the appropriate noises – meows and growls and such – happily, which makes me, in turn – very happy indeed.