Yes, I’m still continuing with my posts of my handmade Christmas gifts! I never want to ruin the surprise by blogging them ahead of time.
My sweet niece Hazel [how cute is she?!] is just two months older than my youngest. This works out well for outfit sewing, since I had a pretty good idea of her size.
I made her a tunic out of this super lovely crushed floral knit from Fabric.com [which they don't seem to have currently, which is a bummer, because it is SO lovely]
I added a little placket in the front with some ivory knit and some sweet lace that has a vintage-y feel.
The bias tape and the adorable little flower button are both vintage. Which makes the top much more special in my eyes. Plus, I know her mama loves vintage, so I thought that would be fun for her. :)
The pants are simple flat-front cords, made specially for that cloth diaper booty.
I added simple polka dot bows to the bottom of the pants, to give them a girly flair. But they are just tacked on, since Hazel will have a baby brother in March, and I wanted her to be able to hand these pants down to him.
Sewing for girls is pretty fun. :)
I am in LOVE with this pattern.
I had the honor of pattern testing the Charlie Tunic for Made by Rae. She will soon be releasing this pattern – and you need to RUN over to get it. Or, um, click over to her site really quickly… anyway, it is a must have.
I tend to be of the draft your own pattern or just wing it category, so I don’t buy a lot of patterns. But I could not have come up with this one on my own. And certainly not the way Rae has!
The pattern includes optional facings around the sleeves, neck, and side vents. They add such a sweet touch to this adorable tunic!
And if you have never used one of Rae’s patterns before (which I totally admit, I hadn’t!), it was incredibly well-written, with clear step-by-step pictures to help you along the way. It was a very quick sew, too… well, would have been had life not gotten in the way. Ever have those weeks where your sewing machine is calling to you and you feel like the entire universe is trying to keep you from getting over there? Please tell me I’m not the only one who has weeks like those….
In typical Jess fashion, I upcycled a thrifted sheet for this top. And who’s surprised about the stripes? Seriously, who can not love this boy in stripes?
Rae is releasing this pattern soon – put it on your “must make as soon as that pattern gets in my inbox” list.
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