Get ready for all of those holiday parties and photos with today’s great tutorials for “fancy” clothes and accessories! Hayley, our guest curator, was sure to find things for men, women and kids. Add a little sophistication and sparkle to the season.


Today’s Guest Curator:
Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House

Hayley shared lots of tutorials this year at Sew Mama Sew, like the super-cute Sydney Pinafore and the popular Kipper Capri Pants. Learn more about Hayley in her introduction, and find her on Facebook too. Hayley just released the darling Norah Dress and Tunic in her Mouse House Creations shop for sizes 12 months to 12 years. Take a look!

Make It


Lace Dress
Liz at Cotton and Curls makes some absolutely beautiful things! (You should scroll through her most recent items.) Her Lace Dress tutorial is an easy way to get a sophisticated new look for the season.


Fabric Flower Bib Necklace
Johwey shows you how to make this pretty Fabric Flower Bib Necklace at Johwey Redington.


Men’s Bow Tie
Melissa’s Men’s Bow Tie tutorial at Sew Like My Mom makes it easy for you to customize ties to fit an outfit, event or personality!


Any Occasion Skirt
Liz and Liz show you how to make this sweet Any Occasion Skirt at Simple Simon and Company. You can switch out the ribbon to give the skirt a whole new look!


Boy’s Vest
The Boy’s Vest tutorial from Destri at The Mother Huddle includes a free PDF pattern and lots of tips.


Boy Suspenders
Kelli from True Bias shows you how easy it is to make Boy Suspenders here at Sew Mama Sew (you can make some to match the vest and bow tie above!).


Lace Dress with Ruffle Collar
This Lace Dress with Ruffle Collar pattern and tutorial at See Kate Sew incorporates some fun details.


Christmas Dress
Hayley’s Christmas Dress tutorial at Welcome to the Mouse House uses crushed taffeta and is easier to sew than you might think!


Bejeweled Gold Headband (Crown)
This Bejeweled Gold Headband was inspired by Dolce & Gabbana, and made for under $10 by Maegan at …Love Maegan.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Dressing Up, Jewelry, Accessories + more Accessories

Mix It


Cookie Bouquet
This easy Cookie Bouquet from Celina at Petit a Petit would make a fun and unexpected holiday hostess gift.


Gingerbread House Tree Ornaments
Laura at Craftstorming suggests you hang these small Gingerbread House Tree Ornaments up high on the tree if there are small children around (or hungry adults for that matter!).

Print It


Peppermint Holiday Tags
Jess from Amazing by Design has lots of free Peppermint Holiday Tags for you to download. Jess writes that she has an “adoration of type, design, crafts and other artsy-fartsy topics, and provides lots of free printables with a smattering of DIY ideas and papercrafting inspiration.”

Win It

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Win 5 Swoon Patterns, Winner’s choice. (You could pick the Dorothy Day Tripper pattern!)

Sewing for All Seasons: 24 Stylish Projects to Stitch Throughout the Year
(US Winners Only)

Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Chronicle Books

From autumn’s bursts of orange and red to spring’s lush greens, summer’s long-lasting golden light and winter’s cool whites and grays, the changing seasons provide endless artistic inspiration. In Sewing for All Seasons, author Susan Beal offers 24 beautiful projects imbued with the spirit of each season. Home sewists will enjoy stitching a cozy patchwork throw for autumn, a bright gardening apron to welcome spring, a colorful picnic quilt for summer and soft woolen slippers for those chilly winter nights. With how-to illustrations, helpful templates and patterns, tons of color and eye-catching photography, this book will leap off shelves and inspire crafters all year long.

Hat Couture
(International Shipping)

Author: Theressa Silver
Publisher: Cooperative Press

If you only wear hats to keep you warm, this book will truly turn your head around. Designer Theressa Silver starts from the assumption that a hat is a statement piece. A great hat projects style or courage or mischief or sultriness— or all of the above. Are you feeling more like Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball or Grace Kelly today? Make a hat for every mood. Silver’s clear, easy-to-follow instructions allow even beginners to knit and embellish their own stunning toppers.

Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Potter Craft

Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids focuses on craft projects that children, aged three to twelve, can make with their parents. These projects are fun, yet serve a practical purpose; children can wear, decorate and play with what they make. Filled with ideas for a range of ages, skill levels and interests, this book lets children’s creativity run wild, while creating precious memories as parents and kids learn and create as a team.

Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Japanese style has long been admired for its grace and artistry. Add to that a sense of fun, and you have the Stylish Dress Book. Complete with stunning full-color photos, this book gives you instructions and pull-out patterns for 26 relaxed and comfortable yet elegant dresses and tops— pretty, timeless pieces that can be worn year after year, by women of all ages and sizes. The detailed diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions take you step-by-step from layout to finished garment. The no-rules looks pictured in this book are perfect for today’s carefree fashion sensibility and will inspire you to have fun with fabric and style.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

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