Right off, I have to warn you - we're not talking big bazaars here. I live on a tiny island with a year-round population of about 350 souls so our Christmas Bazaar is pretty small, too. Google Thetis Island and you'll see what I mean - I think we have 9 miles of roads! This was my second Christmas Bazaar, although I do take part in our little summer markets. My stall was all children's wear so I'd like to tell you how I prepared for our Christmas Bazaar.
Know your Clientele
While the summer markets see a lot of summer holidayers and boaters, the Christmas Bazaar caters mainly to islanders and there are a lot of doting grannies and aunties! I make special things for the Christmas Bazaar. Grannies aren't looking for run-of-the mill clothes they can buy anywhere - they want something unusual! I do have some basic things for my stall, but I also have a number of things made with amazing panels from the Netherlands imported by l'oiseau fabrics in Calgary, Canada. You won't find these clothes anywhere else!
Prisma Dress in the A-Line option is perfect for those longer panels.
Keep it Simple
You don't need to make extra work for yourself - choose basic patterns. Some of my favourites for girls are: L'il LDT Prisma Dress Sloane Sweater. For boys, Vanguard Kit can be adapted so many ways - and I've used it for girls, too.
Vanguard Tee that uses the colour blocked sleeves to bring in the details of the panel.
Sloane Sweater for Girls in a hooded shirt using a cosy jacquard knit to make it special.
Sloane produced this yoked shirt - using remnants I had on hand. Take a close look at the navy and white pattern - it's all sewing supplies!
Be Economical with your Fabric
I tend to be a scrap hoarder and keep bits that I think someday might be useable - I can't bear to throw away those gorgeous fabrics! Again, Vanguard Kit to the rescue!
Take Care of the Details
You are sewing for customers, so things need to be right. Make your hems precise, neckbands just right, finish the seams properly.
Prepare to Have Fun!
I had a great time - sold everything pictured above plus others and got several commissions.
You can get these patterns through my affiliate links below if you don't already have them in your collection:
L'il LDT for Girls 2T -16
Vanguard Kit 2T - 14
And be sure to check out all the creative bloggers taking part in the tour for ideas to help with your own Christmas preparations: