But what do you wear to a cookie exchange?


My husband & I both come from families who love to love their holiday traditions – especially at Christmas. One of my favourite traditions of all time is Christmas cookies. I LOVE cookies! And I LOOOOOOOOOVE cookie exchanges, so the idea of tying in a virtual cookie exchange with a sewing project is really my style.


A few years ago a friend & I put together a Christmas cookie exchange, and it was as fantastic as I had dreamed. To exchange our cookies we all got dressed up & came together for a fancy potluck Christmas supper. We spent the evening relaxing, eating, socializing, and being merry, then went home with several dozen delicious cookies. Yes, we were clearly all without little kids at home!


Over the years the group of women that I exchange cookies with has changed but the baking, the good company, and the giant pile of cookies are all there in the end. This year’s cookie exchange is with other moms from our weekly drop-in playgroup. Because we’re all busy moms with young babies & preschoolers, there won’t be a fancy supper or an evening to ourselves – just a gym full of our tiny humans who will be even more hyped up than usual on cookies & hot chocolate. Let the good times roll!


My all-time favourite shirt to wear to play group (or anywhere that involves chasing/refereeing/herding/supervising my kids) is a Weekender Tunic that I made a long time ago:

It’s the perfect amount of length to cover my bum (sorry, I am firmly in the camp that says leggings aren’t pants!) without being so long that it looks like a dress. It has enough ease for motion & to be gracious to my postpartum belly, but not so loose that it looks frumpy. And of course, Dolman sleeves without looking like I’m about to fly away. Basically, if I’m feeling “bleh” it’s my go-to, and always seems to be just what I need to feel comfortable in my own skin again. It’s also super simple to whip up, I was able to go from cut to finished in 2 hours (accounting for 1.5 of those hours being interrupted by a toddler pattern weight & a sick baby). So obviously,  I need 68975322579053 of them in my wardrobe…why do I only have 1?!


This cookie exchange/blog tour was just the excuse that I needed to make another, but this time I added snaps partway down the side seam to make nursing access simpler. I used this single brushed poly from my stash – the floral print is beautiful & I thought the single brushed would be comfortable to wear. Originally this fabric told me that it needed to be a raglan nursing top, but I didn’t listen…lesson learned, because I find that it changed the fit drastically enough that it’s not as flattering or as comfortable as my cotton/spandex version. That said, even though it’s not what I had dreamed, it IS still cozy & fantastic for today’s rainy day weather – it paired perfectly with some leggings, a zip-up hoodie, a vest, and my Bogs. Because this is Ottawa, everything needs to be layered on rainy fall/winter days!


Want to try making a Weekender Tunic of your own? Comment below with either your favourite Christmas tradition or cookie recipe (a link is great!) and I’ll pick a winner at the end of this tour to get the pattern for free (graciously donated by Jessica from 5 Out of 4 Patterns). Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more hidden pattern giveaways!!!


Oh, and which cookie am I making for the exchange, you ask? My favourite, with a little vegan twist. Thanks to my babies both being born with a milk protein allergy, we’ve nailed down a delicious version of almost everything dairy free – and by default, usually vegan as well. Bon appétit!


Blog Tour Schedule

December 1 – <a href=”http://marvelousauntiem.com“>Marvelous Auntie M | <a href=”http://www.ah-baby-custo<a href=”mdesign.com/kissthisstitch/“>ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – <a href=”http://www.elliandnels.com“>Elli & Nels in Stitches | <a href=”https://sewnatseams.wordpress.com“>Sewn at Seams

December 3 – <a href=”http://www.patternrevolution.com/blog“>Pattern Revolution

December 4 – <a href=”http://myheartwillsewon.com“>My Heart Will Sew On | <a href=”http://fabuloushomesewn.blogspot.ca“>Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – <a href=”https://wonderfullyhandmade.com“>Wonderfully Handmade |<a href=”https://randomsbyrydz.wordpress.com“>Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – <a href=”https://sewingwithd.wordpress.com“>Sewing with D | <a href=”http://octavesofcolor.com“>Octaves of Color

December 7 – <a href=”http://www.turtlebirdies.com“>Turtle Birdies

This post (and shirt!) has been baby approved


Fabric: Water Tower Textiles Canada

Pattern: 5 out of 4 Patterns


The perfect nursing hacked hoodie

It’s here!!! After 5 straight days of over 31C (40C+ with the humidity!), our fall weather has finally arrived, and I for one could not be any more relieved! To keep myself preoccupied & to help hold onto the hope that fall & winter are actually coming to stay, I’ve been going through my closet on the hunt for cold weather nursing clothes. Last week I found this hoodie that I made & photographed 2 years ago with baby #1.

The original pattern is a women’s Henley that I modified to have nursing access. Some parts need to be repaired & altered before it can be worn again this year, so it’s out of commission for now. It was always the plan to make another, but spring came early that year & there wasn’t much point.

After closer inspection and another fit check (since it was intended to be a wearable muslin), I tweaked my approach to come up with this year’s design for muslin #2.

Both the inner & outer front panels changed significantly for this version, and even though it’s comfortable & I love wearing it (likely because this fabric is divine & I’m in love with the basic, crisp colour combination), there will be more changes made to version 3.

I’m thinking that I will be most happy with the outer layer from #1 and the inner layer from #2. Hopefully the third version will be faster than 2 years in the making! In the meantime, version 2 was perfect for today’s cool weather – a quick run over to Sewing a Rae of Sunshine to help with some “office” work (in my lounge pants too, because morning) & our afternoon family walk.

My only regret is that these photos do not do this green justice no matter how I edit them – it is gorgeous in person.

Yes, I take my coffee (or tea or water) on family walks…don’t you?!


Patterns for Pirates Women’s Henley


Bamboo Stretch French Terry in Olive

Black 10oz Cotton/Lycra

*fabric from 2 yrs ago no longer available