I must divulge that I didn’t make Henry’s plaid button up shirt. I have made so many things for Christmas and my sister’s wedding that I had to be choosy in what I made. I refashioned his vest from one of my old vests that I’ve had for years. I kept the collar, armholes, front buttons, and then cut and used the ribbing. I used one of Henry’s tees for size. It’s not quite as red as I would have liked it to be, but it was quick project. I love how it looks so dapper like a cute, old man. The pants are a pair of green corduroy pants I was given to refashion. I was able to keep the back pockets, belt loops, and zipper fly. I used the the Tree Climber Trousers size 2 width and size 3 height.
For my daughter I used a some gorgeous dark red fabric that I thrifted. It was a small cut of fabric that I eked this dress out of. It has diagonal tucks and diagonal petal pieces sewn on. I used a paper pattern that a friend gave me, (I’m too lazy to go look it up at this moment.) but it’s a generic sleeved gathered dress. The dress is basic, but the fabric makes it special. I added a couple of layers of gathered netting under the skirt to give it fullness, and then a layer of organza to keep it from scratching her.
Merry Christmas, everyone! Good luck, sewing everything on your list for the holidays!
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