I've been cranking out the presents. Are you sick of unselfish sewing yet? I know that I am ready to get back to selfish sewing.
In an effort to appear housebroken to dates, Bad Dad's nephew is learning how to cook. A 6'3" XL guy can't easily buy aprons that don't have a BBQ theme. I picked a manly black/gray abstract pattern for his XL apron. (I used my size M pattern available free here, and graded it up two sizes.)
I lined the bags with recycled cotton jersey (lots of old t-shirts in my sewing room) and put the glasses in a handwoven basket we purchased from a women's weaving cooperative in Tanzania. (I've been meaning to blog about that for years. A very interesting lesson in both weaving/dyeing technique and global economics.) The poster behind the basket was another travel souvenir from a trip to Stockholm.
Our housecleaner asked me to make her a shirt. She selected this paisley from my collection. I've mentioned many times before that I purchase most of my fabric from odd-jobbers. The stuff is sold by an odd-jobber for a reason; it pays to check the fabric over carefully to make sure you it will suit your needs. This fabric was mis-printed near the edges.
Kwik Sew 3567. Since she fell between sizes and the pattern envelope says this is "close-fitting", I cut the larger size. When I took her measurements, I found that she and my mom are similar in size. I'm going to have my mom try this on as a fit test before I gift it to the intended recipient. If it fits, I will have a second TNT pattern for my mom.