I’m posting at a weird time but I’m here, mostly because I’m feeling antsy to wrap up the year. So let’s go over the holiday sewing!

I give the coaches at the gym a nice bottle of booze, but the coach at the gym who doesn’t drink got a onesie for his new baby:

The pattern is the Brindille & Twig Hood Zip Coverall and I had the check fleece and ribbing in my stash from when I thought I wanted to make a sage green short-sleeve sweatshirt? Fortunately I thought better of the sweatshirt; the fleece is really cute for a babby.


Next up, Doc got some more undies:

These are the trusty Walbrook Boxer Briefs from Greenstyle in some knits from L’Oiseau Fabrics (ordered when I got my sweater knit for that big blazer; love to shop for fabric for others and end up getting some for me, too).


And finally, the biggest project, another vest for my dad:

He wears the vest I made him last year a lot, but I was never happy with how the zipper turned out and I noticed he always turned the collar down. So I found a vest pattern for wovens, with no collar, and then went all-in on technical materials.

The outer shell is a blend of recycled poly and oyster shells, of all things, called “Seawool.” It claims to be anti-static, anti-odor, anti-bacterial, quick drying, and soft to the touch–I can only substantiate the “soft” claim but it was nice to work with.  For the lining, I went with Thinsulate (“inch for inch it is the warmest insulation around”) and quilted it to a nylon taslan, which claims to be breathable, wicking, and odor and mildew resistant.

I used the Wardrobe by Me Ozark Vest pattern, which is pretty much a knockoff of a Carhartt vest. I was really impressed with it–beautiful, precise drafting and a really nice bagged lining with the facings attached. Plus a zipper guard!

I know there have been years where I’ve sewn a lot more gifts for people, but this December just got so busy with work that it felt hard to fit the sewing in. But I got it all done, with five days to spare!