This year I have found the time and motivation to make simple Christmas outfits for the kids. I wanted them to be quick and easy to make, fun to wear, and practical – meaning that they can be worn again after Christmas is over. I’m not a fan of single-wear outfits (unless its a wedding dress, but even so…if only there was another occasion where I could wear mine?). The first one that I’m going to share is for Mathilda.
This t-shirt is a plain, purchased t-shirt that I added some embroidery to.
The embroidery design that I used is from emblibrary.com, its called Winter Snowflake Bliss (its currently available as a freebie until 31 December too!). I chose this design to reflect the shapes in the printed design of the skirt fabric, and I matched the colours also.
I use a Singer Futura CE350, and I love it, but I find that I always have to adjust the size of the digital designs. My hoop is supposed to be 5” by 7”, this design is 4.86” by 5.53”, but I still had to make it a tiny bit smaller so that it would fit. This seems to be the case with most designs, so I’m thinking that although the hoop itself is that size, the stitchable area is actually quite a bit smaller. For a design like this I don’t think it matters too much, but for a design that has more close-stitched areas it might just become a bit of a mess. Does anyone else have this problem?
This is the first time that I have ever stitched directly onto a pre-made item. I’ve only recently started to stitch directly onto knit fabric – I always used to stitch onto something else first and then appliqué it. And, I’ll admit, that this is the second t-shirt I did. The first one now has a hole in it, the top thread was looping and got caught underneath in the bobbin area and I had to actually cut it to get it out. Fortunately, its only a small hole, I will be able to patch it and then cover it with something else. But I couldn’t continue to use it for this design, so I had to purchase another t-shirt.
Fort he skirt I used a pattern from the book “Big Style for Little Girls” by Mary Abreu. I love this book, and I love this particular skirt pattern, the “On the Border” skirt, I’ve made it so many times.
It has a yoke, which sits on the hip, and a ruffle sandwiched in between the yoke and the main skirt. It is designed for fabrics that have a border print, but I’ve also made it with embroidered panels too (a number of times actually). The proportions of this skirt are really nice, the height of yoke vs the length of the main skirt and the width of the skirt – its twirly, but not impractical. It also uses only a small amount of fabric, very economical.
I made it up in a size 6, which is the largest size in this book. I’m a bit sad that these designs will no longer fit Mathilda. I’ve been making these skirts since she was 2!
The fabric is a Christmas print with a star shaped patchwork design in colours of the traditional red and green, paired with the less traditional shades of blue.
I used some broderie anglaise trim for the ruffle instead of fabric, the lace was just the perfect width. I just did a small hem, without the suggested lace trim, mostly because I didn’t have any smaller lace to match the ruffle, and not enough of that left over to do the hem as well.
But I think it didn’t need it, its just perfect the way it is.
Mathilda loves the outfit. I think it will be worn a lot.
I made the skirt so that it doesn’t have a designated front or back, there are side seams, but even those are pretty invisible, so she can easily dress herself in this one.
Thanks for reading.