This might be a little late, but I can’t leave a Part One hanging without a follow-up! Last year, I shared some pictures of the Christmas outfit that I made for Mathilda, but I just never got around to posting about the outfits I made for Veronica and Jonathan, today’s post is about Veronica.
Skirt Number 1
I used a pattern from the book “Little Girls Big Style” by Mary Abreu. This is the same pattern that I used for Mathilda’s Christmas skirt. I’ve said it before, but I’m happy to say it again, I’m a big fan of this book, and particularly this skirt pattern. Its so quick and easy to make, and the proportions are absolutely spot-on, I just love it.
The fabric is some themed craft fabric that I had left over from making a Christmas stocking for Mathilda, so about 6 years ago I believe that I actually bought it at Big W.
Veronica is a little more fussy with her clothes than her older brother and sister, so when I make something that she actually likes to wear, I feel quite a sense of accomplishment. Therefore, I like to think about what she would like to wear, and try to find some common ground with what I would like to her to wear!
To make the skirt just that bit more enticing for her, I added some pockets using the pattern pieces provided in the book. I trimmed them with some velvet ric rac in a bright pink, although it does get a bit lost in the busy pattern of the fabric.
And, don’t you just love it when you realise that there’s something amiss long after you’ve had the chance to fix it! Look at that loose thread hanging over the pocket, I wish I’d seen that at the time. But this fabric really has so much going on that I completely missed it.
In a variation from the pattern I omitted the ruffle at the yoke and instead I added a ruffle to the hem of this skirt, but not just a plain ruffle, its folded double – so its hem free! When it was new it did have a little poof to it, but since being washed it just sits flat, which is fine, its a nice neat finish to the skirt.
The skirt has an elastic waist, with a yoke. Nice and easy to make, and also nice and easy for an independent 3-year old to put on!
And she sure is independent…
Skirt Number 2
This second skirt is also, actually a copy of one one that I previously made. I originally made one for the daughter of a friend. Veronica liked it so much that I made her one too.
This is the same pattern as the previous skirt, but I stuck a bit closer to the original pattern this time.
The main fabric is from Spotlight and I think its part of the Nutcracker Suite, it has ballerina fairies with stars and Christmas trees on a pretty blue background.
For the ruffle I used some soft pink tulle, it was probably about 4 times the length required by the pattern for regular fabric, but being that its tulle, it gathered up a lot more to give a fuller flounce. I also added some dainty pale pink lace trim to the hem.
The hat in the picture above is one that I made last year for Mathilda (and here is a tutorial for how to make it), but Veronica seems to have taken ownership of it, and combined with the black been-there-done-that souvenir t-shirt and black leggings, she styled herself really well with it I think, don’t you?
I really love that, even though they are made with Christmas-themed fabric, these two skirts will get worn throughout the year, and the style – with a simple elastic waist – is so good for a growing body, they will fit her for a long time yet.
Thanks for reading.