It’s Kids Clothes Week, in case you didn’t know. I haven’t participated as much this season as I would have like to have. Just so many other things going on. But I did want to show a little outfit I put together for Ivy. It’s completely handmade; not all by me, but by hands of people that love this girl. And I think that’s kind of fun. My sister knit this skirt for Ivy for Christmas, or maybe it was her birthday. The two are so close together, I get which gifts went with which event confused. Anyway, Ivy received it for a gift-giving occasion in December. It has a super cute scalloped edge, with red stripes along the hem, and then a fun pom-pom drawstring at the waist. So cute. She also crocheted a headband out of the red yarn, and really cute little flower hair clip. But I could not find the flower anywhere when I went to get the pictures. It’s adorable, though. It can be clipped onto the headband, or worn alone.
Ivy didn’t have anything that would match the red and gold of the skirt. So I was forced to make her a top :) I used a pattern from Ottobre 4/2013, the Lil’ Darling tee (#1) with some bird-themed knit from I bought from Girl Charlee a year ago.
It’s a great pattern, a twist on the classic raglan, with billowy sleeves and non-traditional opening at the shoulder. My favorite feature of the top is that detail on the shoulder. There is a key-hole opening on the one shoulder that secures with a button. I chose a red button to bring in the color from the skirt, in addition to the yellow of the birds.
It’s cold out, and Ivy needed some tights to wear under her skirt. I searched everywhere for charcoal or dark brown tights in her size, but came up short. What’s a girl to do? Obviously, I had to make her some myself! They ended up a little too short in the rise, and slide down her bum. But other than that, they’re awesome and her bum is cute, so a little sliding there doesn’t go unappreciated. I am excited to make more once I tweak my pattern a bit.
And finally, my favorite, the shoes.
I used the Natty Jane pattern from Delia Creates. This is my second time making shoes for Ivy from this pattern, and I can’t recommend it enough. The fit is great, the instructions clear and easy to follow, and they are just so.very.cute. For this pair, I used some fabulous ruby-red leather from LeatherHideStore.com, accented with scraps of a neutral leather I had in my stash. They are lined with brown wool felt. I made a size larger than Ivy currently wears, wanting her to wear them as long as possible. I love them. So very much. I love the color, I love the details, and I really love the ankle strap. They’re pretty much fantastic.
Five pieces of homemade, handmade love. Lucky little girl.
Headband: Crocheted by my sister, Yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash in Ruby
Top: Lil’ Darling Tee (#1) from Ottobre Design 4/2103, size 74 cm. Fabric is knit from Girl Charlee.
Skirt: Caiden’s Skirt with modifications. Yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash in Daffodil and Ruby. Knit by my sister . If you have a Ravelry account, you can see the skirt on her page here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Ju-Ju-Babe/caidens-skirt
Tights: Self-drafted pattern, charcoal knit from Girl Charlee, purple ribbed knit from Jo-Ann Stores
Shoes: Natty Janes by Delia Creates Patterns, size 5. Leather is Ruby Red Slipper from leatherhidestore.com, accent leather from my stash
Twizzlers from the bribe jar