The November Box

Hooray! The November boxes have been arriving on doorsteps the last few days. If you're still waiting for yours to arrive you might want to come back to this post later if you want it to be a surprise.

We're getting all festive around these parts! I know, it's only the beginning of November but if John Lewis have released their Christmas advert it's officially ok to start getting excited. Unless you go by the Coke advert in which case I believe you still have a bit of time to go!

I decided to release this "Festive Fun" box in November to give you all plenty of time to make your party dress. I've never worked somewhere where they have glitzy Christmas parties, it's always been more a case of who can wear the most outrageous jumper, but I do like to get a little bit dressed up on Christmas day, so I'm excited to make my own outfit this year. I should warn you, I'm a big fan of Christmas so I may get a little over-excited writing this post and start drifting off thinking about how I want to decorate the tree this year!

The Luxury Box this month contained 3.5 meters of this gorgeous silky cotton lawn by Frou Frou called A Bicyclette Camelia. It is seriously gorgeous and whilst it would be perfect for so many garments it would look great made up in the Holly Jumpsuit pattern from By Hand London which was included in the box. There are a number of variations to this pattern but any of them would look fabulous teamed with a glitzy jacket and heels, maximum swooshability with this fabric! By Hand London have actually now stopped producing printed patterns so I was lucky to get my hands on some of their remaining stock. You're very welcome!!

Included in all of the boxes this month was a spool of thread to match the fabric, 2 meters of fabulously festive ribbon, a pack of gorgeous iron-on labels which I think are perfect for that finishing touch on the inside of your hand made garment. There is also a very handy 1 meter of fusible interfacing. It's the kind of thing I always forget about until I need it in the middle of sewing a garment and have to pop out to the shop. When you use it make sure to place a pressing cloth between the interfacing and the iron otherwise you run the risk of getting nasty sticky stuff on your iron that is impossible to remove!

The Classic and Mini boxes each have a length of this super festive red cotton poplin with little white stars, which handles really nicely. I have kept a length of this for myself and am definitely planning my Christmas day dress out of it.

Please remember with all your fabric to wash and iron it before you use it, to take care of any shrinkage before your garment is made up.

As a couple of little extra treats for you this month, I included a Christmas Tea bag from Whittard (love that shop). Even if you're not a big fan of anything other than traditional breakfast tea, make this up just to enjoy the smell... gorgeous!

Finally, my gorgeous friend Katie over at Albas Treats very kindly gifted me some of her hand drawn Christmas cards for each of you. They are so gorgeous, the Christmas Cutie Pie card is definitely my personal favourite, the hubby disagrees though, he loves the reindeer print. Please do pop over to her website and check out her other cards and prints. She's working on a little something special just for you ready for the new year, I can't wait to see what she comes up with.

So that's your lot for this month, I hope you love it as much as I do, are you getting in the Christmas spirit yet? Let me know below what your plans are for all your fabric, I'll be writing a few inspiration posts next week so if you have any ideas to include let me know!

Happy Sewing!

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