Bit of News and “A Peek at Christmas”

I’m wondering if you all have forgotten about my patterns that I promised to start writing!  Definitely not!  My first one is almost ready to be published.  The pattern is written, but this morning I realized my cover photo may be too small pixel-wise, so I want to redo that.  Also, there have been technical things that I needed “husband help” with.  He needed to figure those things out when he wasn’t at work.  New things always take time; it’s getting real close though.  Thanks for being so patient with me!

I’ve been looking at my stack of Christmas fabrics for months now.  I actually felt like starting to make something Christmas-y in August, but I held back.  I didn’t want to skip making fall ensembles.  But now, it is time to dive right into Christmas sewing!

My smiling Little Darling, Lucy, got the first ensemble for Christmas 2016!  Lucky girl!  I call this ensemble “A Peek at Christmas” because it is “just a bit” Christmas-y.


This fabric is a lively red and green floral on a darker ivory ground.  It is a cozy print, but not drab.  My newest lace from England matched perfectly.  I added it to the hemline for the green tights to peek through.  A couple of red hand made bows at the hemline tie into the red waistline sash.

I felt this ensemble needed green tights, nothing else came close.  For a whole day I worked on mixing and dyeing what I thought was the perfect shade of green.  My fabric stayed in the dye bath for 1 1/2 hours; I stirred it every 15 minutes.  Then, it stayed in the fix bath for another hour; I stirred that every 15 minutes too.  The fabric came out uneven and, really too light.  The next day, I kept my fingers crossed as I headed to the fabric store.  Usually when I am looking for something in particular I don’t find it.  Not only did I find the perfect green, I also found it in a different fabric; it’s a lighter weight Lycra® rayon blend; it has a bit of a sheen to it, so is a little bit dressy.  And a bonus, it sewed up very nicely.  Needless to say, this all made me very happy . . . and feeling lucky.


For the sweater’s embroidery I used the same style of blossoms as on the fabric; I had tiny pearlized Delica beads that matched, so used those for the center of each blossom.  Two shades of green and some burgundy bud flowers complete the mirrored embroidery.  Mother-of-pearl beads in natural added the perfect touch for the buttons.



A tinier version as what’s used for the sweater decorates the back of the dress as faux buttons.


The last item I made to complete this ensemble was the crocheted drawstring bag.  It is crocheted with the finest cotton thread in a color that matches the background of the fabric and the lace.  For fun, I added a colorful and jingly dangle.  Inside Lucy’s bag is her contribution the the Christmas tree, a bright red ornament!




Lucy’s “A Peek at Christmas” ensemble will be available tonight (October 19, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST,

Thank you for visiting with me today!  I hope your day is a beautiful one!

Bye for now!




11 thoughts on “Bit of News and “A Peek at Christmas”

  1. Joy

    Love little Smiley in this one! It is so perfect for her. Your photos are fabulous. So amazing to know that Lucy is only 13″. I still can’t keep staring at my Bessie Bell who remains by my A Girl for All Time, both waiting patiently for someone to make them an outfit. Been tied up with that deck staining, must do, project. Railings take forever! 😦

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Joy. I hope you got your staining completed today??? It’s more fun to sew, so I hope you did.
      I saw that Pixie Faire had preordering for the Hearts for Hearts dolls. Are you kidding, a doll for $40! I am tempted… Consuelo reminds me of Selena Gomez, but those freckles and blue eyes on Dell are melting my heart. Hmm… Thank you, Joy!

  2. Catherine

    What a beautiful ensemble! Lucy is adorable!
    I love the fabric and the sweater is so lovely with the embroideries!
    It’s a rainy day and your beautiful photos bring colour and hapiness in my home and my heart!
    Have a good afternoon!
    Friendly yours,

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you, Catherine. It’s so nice to be sewing for Christmastime again. So sorry it is gloomy and wet by you, but I’m glad my photos helped cheer you up a little bit. I hope tomorrow is sunny and warm in France.

  3. Ingrid Banach

    Hi Cindy, Love the outfit! It’s just so pretty, that sweet little purse with the jingle bell is adorable! Hope you have a great afternoon.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you so much, Ingrid. That was one tiny little purse to crochet, but Lucy really, really wanted one to hold her pretty red ornament. I did have a great afternoon, hope you did too!


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