I've participated in every Christmas Secret Santa Swap which Lorraine has organised since the first one in 2011. This year I knew I would be up against time for making outfits as I was away for a week during November in Vancouver for a work conference and I was also completing some outfits for a doll which we raffled at our church Christmas fair. As a result Lorraine made sure that I would send to a UK based person rather than overseas (the deadline for sending gifts is end of November). In the event my parcel (which our dolls unwrapped on Christmas day) arrived on the 27 November (from the USA) and I managed to sew and send gifts to Rosie L a week later.
I had received the following message from Rosie's boys (via Lorraine):
Dear SantaWe have been very good and hope we're on your nice list.
This year the Laird Gregors would like a reefer jacket in navy or grey (if
that's possible) or another style of jacket without a hood.
We would also like a Star wars t shirt and a messenger bag.
If that's not possible we would be happy with some shirts. please don't send
us knitwear as our Mum knits ALL the time!
Thank youThe Laird Gregors
I found some Star Wars fabric online. The motifs on the fabric were the largest I dared use on a Sasha doll sized shirt so I adapted my dashiki pattern to make large t-shirts for the boys. Sending them one Star Wars themed t-shirt seemed silly, much better to send three, to prevent arguments. I cut out the motifs and stitched them onto plain polyester non stretch fabric using a fine zigzag stitch. From the fourth piece of fabric I made a messenger bag.
|Nicholas James, Trendon Elliott and Reuben model the Star Wars shirts|
|NJ, TE and R tried very hard not to feel jealous of the Laird Gregors who would receive these Star Wars shirts, even though none of them had ever seen a Star Wars movie.|
|Trendon Elliott modeled the red light saber shirt and carried the messenger bag|
|Reuben modeled one of the blue Star Wars shirts|
|Nicholas James modeled the other blue Star Wars shirt|
|The Star Wars messenger bag|
|The open Star Wars messenger bag|
A few days later the following email arrived from Rosie L:
I just wanted to say a really big thank you for the super T shirts and Messenger bag you made for me. We are delighted with them. When I asked for a Star Wars T shirt I didn't really know if it would be possible - but to get 3 and a matching bag is just amazing. Your sewing is so neat I am envious! You are right - all my boys need now is some popcorn to munch while watching.
As you can see from Lorraine's blog, Rosie's Gregors are delighted.
I still have some Star Wars fabric (I bought a fat quarter of 4 different patterns). None of my family have ever watched Star Wars - I could make more shirts if anyone wants one for their Gregor doll.