These girls of mine take my breath away. I know I’ve said it before, but it brings me so much joy to see their excitement as I design, sew, and photograph homemade garments specifically for each of them. They wait patiently as their sisters take turns and know that they will be in the spotlight in due time. As part of my work with Jo-Ann, I was given the task to create something around a “Winter Chill” theme and as I perused the store, Christmas outfits came to life in my mind. Warm, furry coats and sparkly dresses in pink and gold. Something different and so beautiful. I’ve finished this first outfit and I don’t know if it was her beaming smile or the way the morning light hit my camera as I rushed to take pictures before a busy day, but these pictures are positively glowing.
I saw this amazing fabric in my store and quickly stitched up a simple dress. I must sound like a broken record, but the 5&10 Volume 1 pattern came in oh-so-handy once again. The simple bodice with big gold buttons up the back and pretty little cap sleeves give a reliable, well-fitting result. I did a simple gathered skirt. After I had sewn it together, the skirt was looking really too puffy – this fabric is thick and very structured – probably a bit much for a gathered skirt. I pressed the gathers really well and that did the trick. I love the result. With a slim gold belt, the dress has great structure to complement the fancy jacquard print. You can also find the fabric online – it’s David Tutera Metallic Jacquard Fabric in Rose.
The dress is gorgeous under this furry coat. She looks like a winter wonderland dream, does she not? I hope she never stops crinkling her cute little nose when she giggles.
I’m sharing the coat pattern in sizes 2T-8 over at The Creative Spark today. Full instructions for sewing it up can be found here and the free downloadable pattern pieces can be found here.
More good news! Five & Ten Designs is sharing a special discount code with you for our annual holiday SALE! Use the code ‘HAPPYHOLIDAYS’ for 25% off of any of our pattern books!! Woohoo! Valid November 30 – December 4, 2015 only, so don’t wait!