Another leftover from Christmas. This time, in the form of more clothing for poor, ignored, never-sewn-for Ivy.
Ivy informed me, a few weeks before Christmas, that she needed “Christmas Clothes”. I already had plans for her birthday dress (birthday the week before Christmas), but I’m a total sucker for my kids’ special requests. So Christmas Clothes were made.
I wanted to make something that was Christmassy enough for Ivy, but not so overtly “holiday” that it couldn’t be worn past December. My sister had given me this super soft knit blanket as a hand-me-down when I had Ivy. It was red and white striped on one side and green, yellow and red polka dots on white on the other. The brand was Jersey. It reminded me of Christmas. In fact, you can see a shot of it in my Christmas PJ 2011 post underneath Ivy HERE, or just look at this picture below.
Even though it was slightly stained in a couple of spots, I hadn’t gotten rid of it when I purged most of our baby blankets about a year ago. I just loved the fabric so much, and knew it would be perfect to upcycle one day.
I didn’t have much fabric to work with, just the two pieces of less than a yard each. Thankfully, Ivy is small. I’m glad I made this outfit this year, because if I hadn’t done it for her now, it probably wouldn’t have ever happened, since I was barely able to get what I did out of the fabric. Especially trying to work around the couple of stains.
The pants are Ruched Leggings from Ottobre 1/2014 #15. I really love this pattern. The ruching adds a fun touch to basic leggings. The top is my own design. Working around the limited fabric, I had to piece a bodice. I was really worried about it at first, but after it was done, I totally dig the stripes going in different directions!
Stripes and boatnecks just seem to go together, so that’s what I went with at the neckline. I want this shirt for me now.
When I first went to photograph the outfit for this post, I figured I do a joint post with the Christmas quilt and the Christmas Clothes. I’d have Ivy hold up the quilt, and we’d kill two birds with one stone. But this is what she kept doing ever.y.sin.gle time I’d try to snap a picture of her holding the quilt up.
So no joint post. Who’s laughing now, Ivy!?