It seems like lately I have been sewing quite a bit for Kina. I wasn’t really doing too much up until now since she has had so many clothes given as gifts. There really isn’t a need to sew for her to much right now. As Christmas approached I knew she had to have a Christmas outfit. We headed off to JoAnne’s to pick out some fabric! I envisioned something blingy and sparkly! I can’t get enough of sparkles :). I had been eyeing this gold and cream reversible fabric for awhile. It was always around $18 a yard so I never bought it. This time I didn’t really care because you know, it’s Christmas and all! I was planning on getting gold material for leggings, but changed my mind and went with red. I was a little worried the outfit would look too crazy together since there was so much sparkle going on. I figured at Christmas it’s ok to be crazy blingy right?!
When I got up to the cutting table the lady told me the fabric was on sale for like $7 a yard. I was like well you might as well give me like 3 yards then I can make myself something too! I can’t wait to share that project with you! Fabric sales are always dangerous, I have no will power! In fact I usually leave the store with more than I intended to buy. I told my husband on this particular trip that I did really good. I only left with like two yards more than I expected :).
Next I decided I would make the Hatteras Hoodie in view B for the shirt. I have so much love for that pattern if you can’t tell. It’s my go to pattern for Kina this winter. The smallest size is 2T, which is too big for her right now. I just use that size anyway and sew with slightly larger seam allowances. I also shorted the sleeves. I really like how it is oversized so I don’t try to alter anything else. Plus my kiddo is really tall so I really like the length on her. For the leggings, I just drafted a pattern off of a pair of leggings that fit her. It is so simple to make a pair. You can find a tutorial here.
I really love how it all came together here are the details:
Size Sewn: 2 for the shirt and 18 months for the leggings.
Measurements: 18.5″ chest
Modifications: Shortened sleeves by 1 1/2″ and used 5/8″ seam allowance. I actually tested this pattern and used the tester version to make this shirt. For the final version she shortened view B to be more of a cropped shirt. If you want a longer look like the version K is wearing, you may want to lengthen the pattern.
Fabric: Performance knit from Joannes for the leggings. Reversible knit from Joannes for the top. Scrap leather from Peggy Sue Also for the bow.
As you can see, I have a really hard picking pictures so I just post like a million of them 🙂
DIY Leather Bow Tutorial:
2″ alligator clip
Leather, or Pleather
Scrap Shelf linner
Hot Glue Gun
I sew mine together, however, if you don’t sew you can still make this. Just follow the same steps, only you will hot glue instead of sew! I just like to sew as much as possible because it holds up better than the glue!
Step 1. Cut two rectangles that measure: 7″x2″ and 3″x1″. Fold the bigger rectagle right sides together and sew the short ends together to form a tube. Reposition the seam to the center back of the rectangle.
Step 2. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Next, leaving the middle folded, fold the long edges backward. Wrap the second rectangle around the center of the bow. Sew the loose ends shut to secure the bow knot. I like to do this buy setting my needle on the far left setting. It is easier to get it most secure that way. Trim excess fabric.
Step 3. Now it is time to assemble the clip. Lay out an alligator clip (mine are 2″ long), a piece of 3/4″ wide ribbon x about 6″ long, and a shelf lining scrap.
Step 4. Hot glue the ribbon to the clip. This will help disguise the clip. That way you aren’t seeing shiny metal, the ribbon subdues it! Trim excess ribbon. Next glue the shelf lining scrap to the clip. This just adds a little extra grip so the clip doesn’t slide out of your little kiddos hair!
Step 5. Last we will glue the bow to the clip! All done! An easy and fast project for your little one.
I normally don’t really buy clothes for Christmas, but this year I did want her to look festive! What about you? Do take the time to get your kiddos looking festive?! Do you have a favorite Christmas outfit, or sewing pattern you use to make a Christmas outfit? I am always on the look out for other great patterns!