Today I'd like to introduce you to the project that prompted this holiday apparel series, but unfortunately she doesn't have a name. I found this remnant piece of patterned corduroy at Joann's a few months back. I liked the print, but it felt overly winter like to me. I almost didn't pick it up, but I am quite pleased that I did. I love what it became.
The pink, gray, and white floral medallions remind me of snowflakes, and I think that they are very appropriate for the holiday season. I have a little niece that will be celebrating her second birthday in a couple of weeks. I hope that this little jumper will help her celebrate her birthday, and the Christmas season in style (without being painted red and green).
I used Simplicity pattern 2574 for the jumper. This is a croquis kit pattern, allowing you to design the jumper you want by selecting your own skirt, bodice, yoke, and embellishment details. It kind of reminds me of those fashion plates that I played with as a little girl....does anyone know what I'm talking about? They were little plastic plates with different costume elements. You'd select a skirt, a top, and a model, and then place a piece of paper on top of the plates and create a rubbing of your fashion creation. They were fantastic, and so are these croquis kit patterns. Sorry I got a bit side tracked.
The pattern also comes with a shrug pattern. They have featured shrugs in faux fur on the pattern package, but I opted for corduroy. Faux fur could be a nice choice for a holiday outfit though. I just wanted this dress to be versatile, and to be worn frequently.
I know that this dress is a bit on the casual side when it comes to holiday apparel, but there is a lot more that goes on during the holidays than just photo shoots, church meetings, and skirt twirling. I think that it is nice if a little girl can feel all dolled up while she runs around. I chose to make a simple pair of knit leggings to be worn under the jumper, after all it is winter here in Idaho.
For a great tutorial on making simple knit leggings visit Dana of Made. I'll also be turning those pink leather bows into either hair clips or a head band. I like that they will repeat the bows from the dress.
Do you have any holiday apparel or accessory projects that you want to show off? Link them up to the Hip for the Holidays Link Party. If you think that it is about time for some adult holiday apparel, hang in there, it's coming.
I'll be linking up here.