I can't wait that long to start on Christmas outfits for the grands. For the two little ones out West in the desert where it will be in the 70s Christmas Day, I'm using red gingham, per their mom's request. Little B, the three month old, is getting a bishop style dress. Since I am using gingham, I decided to pleat it by hand rather than with my pleater. This way, I was able to pleat exactly with the checks. As you can see, I also was able to pleat so that on some rows, mostly red shows, and on others, mostly white. I have only begun the smocking, so this doesn't look very good, yet. I plan to use very narrow green ribbon to weave through some of the smocking. I am going to do this in a way that my daughter can remove the ribbon and, either replace it with red or white ribbon, or leave it without ribbon. That way, this will be a great dress through the Valentine holidays, as well.This photo just shows the back side of the pleated fabric. You can see the different rows of red and white in this photo better than in the other one. By hand pleating, I was also able to work around the French seams without making a bulky pleat. Her big sis is getting a red gingham loosely hanging dress that has a large white collar. I'm going to make the collar detachable and reversible. One side will have a Christmas motif either embroidered or appliqued, and the other side will have a Valentine motif. Or, the dress will be wearable without the collar.
Little Man's little brother or sister will be here before Christmas, but since I don't know the gender yet, I'll just have to wait and see what we get before deciding what to make. Or, if I'm smart, I'll go ahead and decide what to make for either, buy the fabrics, and pick out patterns, so I'll be ready!