The Holidays are a great time for creative inspiration. The air is crisp, some of us have already had a heavy helping or two of snow, and we are sharing in festive gatherings with friends and family. What better time to make something worthy of the holiday spirit than now?! Today I have a few very special projects to share with you. Let's start with this little number.... my daughter's Cardinal Christmas dress.
Don't ask me about the facial expressions.... we're going through a slightly less photogenic period right now... :)
Anyway, back to the dress. I made this using the Geranium Dress Pattern by Made by Rae. This is one of my go-to patterns for little girl shirts and dresses. This pattern can be made in any fabric, for any purpose, and in so many different styles. If you've been to my shop, you have seen this version (tunic length, pleated, with cap sleeves). For the cardinal version, I used Cardinal Stagger by Birch Fabrics (we had this in the shop for about 1/2 of a day until it all sold out... but we have these other birdies still in the shop and a flannel version of the cardinals and bank swallows coming soon), and the bodice is made from black yarn dyed essex linen (we have it in the shop still along with the color "flax".). This linen is one of my all time favorites- it has such versatility. It's the right weight for quilting, apparel, and home goods alike. I really like that this version will dress up nicely with a red sweater, yet it will look casual enough to wear to preschool all year long.
This little angel is a Christmas Baby, so sometimes I make her a birthday dress as well. Like so many moms, I feel the pressure to make her birthday somewhat separate from Christmas, so another dress fits the bill pretty nicely. This one is a dress that I have been plotting and planning for about a year.
This is really the dress I would want to wear, if I were her. Luckily the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, so tulle, seed pearls and vintage pearl buttons was just fine with her.
I modified the back of the dress to allow for a flowing tulle bustle. :) The buttons are from my grandmother's button collection, and they were a perfect champagne pearl color.
I hand sewed some seed pearls onto the front of the dress for a little extra sumthin'. The fabric is Nani Iro Bird's Eye in double gauze. We have it in two colors in the shop, and we'll be getting some more soon in a brushed cotton as well. Why is it the nutcracker suite dress? I took her to the Nutcracker Ballet last night for her birthday.... So of course I needed something fun to wear as well.
I used the Elisalex Pattern from By Hand London in a Nani Iro double gauze fabric called "&.". I love this fabric. It speaks to me.
The back might be my favorite part. I chose a gold glittery full-length zipper, and I plunged the back a little lower too (why not?!!).
And we had a blast! Cassidy did really well at the ballet, and it was my first time seeing the Nutcracker too. Special fabric, special night, lucky ladies! All of the fabrics in this post are available at Finch. There's even a class on the Geranium Dress Cassidy is wearing. Confident beginners are welcome!
Hope you're feeling festive!