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Christmas Outfit

Each year it gets harder and harder for me to make the girl’s Christmas outfits. At the last-minute, I am rushing around trying to figure out what I am going to do, and it ends up being stressful. But it’s important to them, and honestly it is to me also, so I at least make the effort.

Aria’s outfit this year has an interesting story. I saw some velvet pants on the internet, at an outrageous price that I could not afford. I kept going back to them until it finally hit me that I have fabric just like that!

I found a vintage pattern with the pants style I wanted to use, purchased at Etsy.

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I did some adjusting; the pants on this pattern had a super high waist, even for Aria, so I had to cut that down. I also cut it a little slimmer than the pattern, since I wanted the pants to be more like leggings.

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I also made the length longer that the pattern, although they probably should have been even longer.

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Now that I had half the outfit, what to do for the top.

Turns out that I bought several patterns at a garage sale years ago, and one of the patterns had a red T-shirt already cut out, tucked inside the pattern jacket.  Just so happens that it was sitting on my sewing table about to be thrown out.

I discarded the sleeves and replaced them with lace and dressed up the plain red  T-shirt.

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A ruffled lace and tulle collar, topped off with a jeweled button, scraps left over from a Christmas dress a few years ago.

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The whole outfit cost me about $3!

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The shoes were an early Christmas present that worked out perfectly.

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 1:8-14

 

 

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I love Pea Coats, every size, every length and every color! You can find this wonderful little pattern here.

The pattern comes in sizes 1-6.

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This jacket is made in a black and cream, wool plaid fabric, purchased at Hancock Fabrics many years ago.

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There are four over-sized black buttons on the front of the jacket, and two on the back belt, purchased at Hobby Lobby.

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It is lined with a black and cream cotton print  purchased at Joann fabrics.

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Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. Genesis 37:3

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I combined two wonderful patterns to create this precious little outfit.

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The Easy Enough Twirly Skirt pattern is the second pattern I have knitted from Paelas. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this Norwegian designer. The only problem I have is that they are not all in English and I want them all!  They are constantly adding to their pattern collect and each pattern is just as wonderful as the first. I love, love, love this site!  https://www.paelas.com/

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This skirt has four knitted cables that run up the entire front and the back. The straps are an extension of the cables in the front and they button in the back.

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The skirt is fitted at the waist with a ribbed band, then flares out at the bottom. You can adjust the length as needed.

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The yarn is my go-to yarn purchased from Hobby Lobby for $3.66 a skein, plus a 40% coupon, I Love This Yarn. And just so you know—I Love This Yarn!

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Next is the adorable little top by Amelie Clothing.  Find the pattern here. Check out her etsy store here.

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This sweet little pattern has a ruffled collar that fits perfectly over the skirt straps. I found the fabric at Walmart and I am very pleased with the soft feel and colors of it.

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This is the perfect outfit for this years Spring weather, with cool mornings and warm afternoons.

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‘For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. ‘The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land. ‘The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!’ ” Song 2:11-13 (NASB)

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Cali Shirt

You can find the precious little Cali Shirt pattern here.

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It all started with the red boots! Zebra stripes, sparkling with glitter on the bottom, and red bandana print on the top, and they were on sale! The very instant we laid our eyes on these boots we knew that they had to belong to Aniyah! The perfect gift for her!

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So what in the world can you wear with red, black and white cowboy boots?

The hunt was on!

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I knew I wanted a cowboy style shirt, the yoke was a must to give it that western flare. I also wanted to have a girlie feel to it.

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The Cali pattern had everything I was looking for and I was so excited to find it! It sewed up fast and easy.

You can choose to make a shirt or a dress from this pattern, but I chose to make this one a tunic length.

It has a yoke in the front and the back. The front buttons up with three buttons with a tab closure. It is gathered at the yoke and has full sleeves with elastic at the wrist. You can choose from 4 different sleeve lengths.

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The red fabric was gifted to me by a friend and the bandana print was in my stash.

OK, what else can you wear with red, black and white cowboy boots?!

The hunt is on!

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She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.   Proverbs 31:21

 

 

 

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Lucy Star Dress

I have been sewing for 40 plus years and own hundreds of patterns. I certainly have my favorite patterns and my favorite designers, so I do not take this lightly when I say that Snazzie Drawers is one of my all time favorite designers and the Lucy Star dress is probably my favorite dress to date.

So click here to get your Lucy Star Dress pattern and while you are there, check out Snazzie Drawer’s awesome etsy store.

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I do have to tell you that this dress pattern takes a lot of time and effort. There are a lot of steps but it is totally worth it! There are endless ways that you could embellish this delightfully charming little dress, and I intend to try a few ideas that I have brainstorming in my head.

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The front bodice is outlined with pink piping and has decorative lace running up the center. I chose a lace with circles and underlayed it with gathered tulle. I sewed a small diamond button in the center of each lace circle.

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The center bodice and the scalloped skirt ruffle are made out of a chevron cotton purchased at Hobby Lobby.

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I used a polyester silk for the side front, back, collar, and under skirt, purchased at my favorite fabric booth at Bowie Trade Days.

The side front pieces are gathered and shirred, giving it a very tailored look and the back is once again trimmed it pink piping.

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The collar, back and skirt bottom are all trimmed with tiny little off-white balls, purchased at Hobby Lobby.

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The back was supposed to be shirred using elastic in the bobbin of the sewing machine, but I really struggle with that, so I used a wide elastic to gather it.

This pattern is a halter and ties behind the neck with ribbons.

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The lace part of the skirt literally came from a pair of curtains that my mother had about 30 years ago, and boy am I glad I kept them!

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This was such a fun project and I wish I had taken a picture of Aniyah’s face when she saw the dress on the size three mannequin, just waiting for her!

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And they tied unto it a lace of blue, to fasten it on high upon the mitre; as the Lord commanded Moses. Exodus 39:31

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Hourglass Dress

I love making the girls Easter dresses. I am always on the lookout for something new and different. So when I found this dress on etsy.com I fell in love with the bodice. Once it got Aria’s seal of approval I purchased the pattern and set out to make her dress. You can find the pattern here.

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The dress is made out of a super soft and comfortable, turquoise knit fabric purchased at Walmart, a great bargain at $3.99 a yard.  The lace was free as well as the buttons since it is made from an old shirt that belonged to Aria’s mama.

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The pattern called for a button on the back but I really liked the butterfly opening , so I opted not to use any buttons to close it up.

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The vintage lace was given to me by a friend and worked perfect for the skirt overlay, hanging just below the knit fabric underskirt.

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I love the pattern and totally intend on making more of this sweet little dress.

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He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Rev. 21:5

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She drew her Christmas dress design and handed it to me. She was very specific about what she wanted, even though this picture was all I had to go by, it gave me  no clue at all what  exactly it was that she wanted,  so we began to talk it through.

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I finally understood that she wanted her dress to be a red plush fabric, with short sleeves and a full skirt. She also told me that she wanted a diamond glittery belt and buckle to match, but it took us a while to get the details ironed out.

I did order that fabric early on but was hard pressed for time, so I did not start her dress until a few days before Christmas.

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The only diamond glittery belt I could find was exactly the same one that I used on another dress, so I couldn’t bring myself to use it again. I found this pearl belt buckle at Joann’s, along with the circle lace, so that was my new plan.

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Although she was a little disappointed that it wasn’t glittery, she was fine with my substitute belt.

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The dress was red velvet plush and very soft. She was happy with that because she does not do itchy very well at all.

The full skirt also met her approval as she twirled around and around.

The short sleeves were also a winner, not only because she likes short sleeves, but also because it ended up being in the mid 70’s on Christmas eve.

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I cut it close this year, but at least I got it done in time. Hopefully I will have more of a head start next year.

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“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,    Matthew 13:45

 

 

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