Monday, December 7, 2015

holiday debut blog tour

The Holiday Debut Blog Tour celebrates the end of their debut year for three new designers: Saskia Smith of The Wolf and the Tree, Gabriela Longfish of Chalk and Notch, and Holli Coats of Hello Holli. To help celebrate, I created an outfit using three of their patterns - the Fishtail Kimono, the Blue Ridge Dress, and Abby's Footed Tights.  Although I had made the Fishtail Kimono from Chalk and Notch before, the other two patterns and designers were new to me.  And I love them both!

Make sure you scroll down to the end of this post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway before you go!  You can also get 20% off all the patterns featured in this post with the code HOLIDAY in any of the shops listed above.

The theme of the blog tour is simply to create any holiday outfit.  Since Mae already has a Christmas dress handed down from her big sis, I decided to create more of a winter/New Years outfit.  Honestly, we don't do anything special for New Years, so it will probably end up as more of an every day outfit.  We rarely differentiate between special and every day clothes, so pretty much anything works for us.  My kids have worn "fancy" clothes to some very odd places in the past ;)  You should see the looks I get when they go down the slide in an Easter dress!

The first pattern is the Fishtail Kimono - previously blogged about here.  This time I used a heavier quilted knit and some faux fur for the cuffs and the neck band.  The fur was a real pain to work with, but I like the wintery look, and it was almost worth it.  Almost.

The dress is the Blue Ridge pattern with a few modifications.  I used a faux leather look fabric (performance knit, similar to a stretch lamé) and wanted a clean look, so I eliminated the bias binding and lined the bodice instead.  Plus, I didn't want to make bias tape from this fabric since I couldn't even iron it!  I also changed the shape of the back bodice into a subtle racerback.

The tights are made from The Wolf and the Tree Abby's Footed Tights pattern.  I didn't think Mae was going to like the tights because of the seam along the toes, but she refused to take them off and wore them for the entire day after I took pictures, so they must be pretty comfortable.  And the fit is perfect!  I made a size four according to the size chart and they fit exactly as I expect them too.  I can see myself making many more pairs of these since Mae refuses to wear socks, and our tile floors are pretty cold in the Winter ;)

I wish I had more decent pictures, but Mae was in no mood for picture taking. She was so mad at me by the time we finished that she didn't even want the M&Ms that I bribed her with.  Of course, she came to her senses a little bit later and came to collect!

Dress - Plaid shirting flannel and black performance fabric from Joann's
Tights - Black performance fabric from Joann's
Kimono - Cream quilted knit and Grey faux fur from Joann's


  1. Such a fun idea to make it racerback! We don't differentiate between special clothes here either- it means everything gets lots of wear, it makes the effort worth it! Thanks so much for joining us!

  2. Awww, she's adorable! I love the faux fur trim on the kimono - it gives it a nice "fancy" look. We're pretty much the same about our occasion wear. It's more like "any occasion" wear! Love the whole outfit! Gotta try out those tights!

  3. I love that dress! The colors, fabric and prints are totally me. I know, that is shocking to the blogiverse who has seen what I make lol. I love the kimono also. I am loving seeing warmer kimonos. I need to try that out next.

  4. Super cute! I love that blue and black plaid paired with the satin. And kimono looks so warm and comfy.

  5. Ooh I love that buffalo plaid fabric! One of my very favorites! And paired with black and white! Great outfit!