Every year Mark's Boss stands everyone a 'full English' breakfast in the week before Christmas. The dress code is Christmas jumpers, silly hats and any other festive accessories. There's a competition for the best outfit, which is voted on by the engineers at the breakfast, and the prize is a nice bottle of fizzy wine.
In the past Mark hasn't really bothered with the whole thing (he HATES Christmas jumpers and refuses to buy one just for the event). This year he had a complete change of heart and 'commissioned' me to make him an outfit. We made the patterns together, mashing up the size and shape of a body-warmer with an old waistcoat, and copying a bow tie into a cardboard pattern. I started the waistcoat before Thomas died.. then crafting stalled a bit due to circumstances and motivation. The recent snow days (and the fact that the breakfast is next week) gave me the time and impetus to get the job finished.
I'm really quite pleased with the whole effect....
I used 'Quilters Dream' batting (which I use for all my quilt-as-you-go projects) to shape the waistcoat. It meant that I could do a nice striped lining and it's given the garment some stability (as well as warmth). The bow tie and the back of the waistcoat are made out of the star design. The reverse of the bow tie is a sparkly orange, which looks great when Mark's wearing it.
Then I've made him a sack to fill with 'presents' and sling over his shoulder as he walks into the breakfast... He's also got a red furry 'Santa Hat' to complete the look!
Mark's really pleased with it and plans to wear everything again on Christmas Day. I'm just delighted that it all relatively tidy (because I'm still sewing on my old 1960s Singer). It will be interesting to see what the other engineers think of our efforts.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post.
(When I've got a little bit more time over Christmas I'll update the HD pages so I can keep you posted on any other developments that come out through the HD community.)
It's starting to feel a bit like Christmas!