Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Holiday Outfit

This is the outfit that I made for Little Sister to wear on Christmas Eve, when we go to church and have all of our family over to our house for a Dungeness Crab feast and presents.  She refused to wear the blouse though, instead choosing a red turtleneck, which was a pretty cute outfit too, I have to hand it to her, so I let her win.

But eventually I got her to put on the full outfit (on New Years' Eve) so I could snap some photos, and it came together just how I pictured it.

The blouse is the Cece Top from Popolok Designs.  I got to be a pattern tester for this pattern a while back, and I made the sleeveless dress version.  When Little Sister was her auntie's flower girl back in October, I had decided to make another Cece Dress, this time with sleeves, but once I had the top cut out I decided it was too formal for that wedding (I decided to make the Leah dress from Craftiness is not Optional instead).  I finished the peplum top version, with short sleeves and a peter pan collar, in time for the holidays.

The gold-flecked tweed remnant I used to make the skirt had been in my stash for a while, and I just loved how it went with the shimmery gold blouse.

fabrics and trim
 I used the Milkmaid Skirt tutorial from Crafterhours, which I had made for Little Sister once before and the grown-up version for myself several times.  On this one, I added black piping to the pockets and some pretty ribbon trim to the hem (leftover from another skirt I made for myself).

tucked in to show off the skirt
We topped it off with a hand-me-down black cardi, some sparkly tights, the headband I made for the flower girl outfit, and since we weren't actually leaving the house, some black ballet slippers.  Pretty sweet little outfit!

When I made the top, I was trying to keep things easy on myself, so I skipped the invisible zipper, and just did a button-and-loop closure using the same method described in the Leah dress tutorial I had used before.

But this blouse is more fitted than the Leah dress, so it is a bit of a tight squeeze getting it on and off, even though it fits great once it's on her (I cut out the 3T, which is what she's mostly wearing in store-bought right now).  I also cut the peter pan collar smaller than the pattern, and it flips up a little--I might try topstitching it down so it lays a little better.  One of the things I love about this fabric is that the backside is not shimmery, so I can use it for a nice subtle contrast.  I used the backside for the collar and the bias trim that I made.

Once she had it on, she decided she liked it after all, so maybe we'll have some occasion where she can wear it even though it didn't make a holiday appearance this year.

Or maybe not--you never can tell with this girl!


  1. Oh this is just adorable! I love the top and paired with the skirt is just too cute!

  2. I really like the peplum top. One of the benefits of this contest is getting exposed to so may patterns and their variations. I'll certainly keep that pattern on my list. Very cute fancy outfit.

  3. I'm so digging on gold right now so this is a total win for me. I love the blouse and the gold flecks in the skirt are a great match!

  4. so so cute. I love the fabric and that skirt is my favorite with that ribbon. Great styling. She is adorable!

  5. love it... very girly and grown up... so sweet on your little one!

  6. That top is so sweet! I love the sleeves on it :)

  7. Great Winter wonderland look!
    with love,

  8. awww the colors are so pretty! I love the poses!! My son does things like this too ;o) I also linked up to Project Run and Play... a bathrobe I made for my son!

  9. The whole outfit looks great, and I'm pretty much in love with the skirt's fabric.

  10. I just love those colors! That skirt fabric is to die for! It is a darling outfit!


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