Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Victorian Valentine's

This weeks theme for the Project Run & Play's Sew Along Challenge is a Valentine's outfit. And when I thought about what my outfit would be, I kept drifting towards the Victorian era...fancy dresses, lots of lace, fur coats, cupids on doily hearts.

When I spotted a roll of light pink stretch lace in the remnant bin at Joann, it was a done deal. So I made a modern and more playful take on a Victorian inspired outfit....
First let's talk about the dress! I sewed up a City Dress, using a pattern by Too Sweets Etsy shop. This is one of my absolute favorite dresses. The drop waist is just darling on little girls with a too cute belly like my little girl's. It's a cute and comfy dress made with stretchy knit, so it has a t shirt feel, but with much more style and cuteness factor. I highly recommend you pop over to Too Sweets and snag a pattern up for yourself!
To get the lace overlay look, I cut out 2 of each pattern piece, one with the lace, one with the plain pink knit. And then I just sewed the dress as though the two pieces were really one piece. It took a little bit of extra time to ensure that all the pieces lined up, but overall it was fairly simple.
The collar and sleeves are finished with knit bias and I used a zig-zag stitch around them both to add a little detail. {I learned this tip from another blogger I found through PR&P, but now can't find my link to them. :( Let me know if it's you!}
And to ensure the dress kept a youthful feel, I added this handmade polka dot fabric bow to the drop waistline. It may be my favorite part!
Or maybe my favorite part is the faux fur capelette? 
I mean really, who doesn't love a ridiculously cute but ridiculously impractical piece of children's clothing? I actually had this "faux fur" fabric in my sewing room from who knows what project. But there it was so I couldn't resist. 
I drew up the pattern myself using the dress as a guide for the neckline and length. I lined it with the pink polka dot, and added pink bias tape ties to the top.

And last but not least, I made some lace trimmed leggings to complete the outfit.
I just made white knit leggings and added a band of the stretchy lace to the bottom. And you can see that I tried to complete the outfit with a pair of sparkly mary janes. Because clearly nothing says Victorian more than glitter.
Apparently Gracie disagreed, because she wouldn't keep the shoes on.
But I think the rest of the outfit was a win...
Because a cute AND comfy fancy Valentine's dress? That's right up this busy little girls alley!
Now if you'll excuse her, she's going to go figure out what's inside that box...

Don't forget to check out this weeks link party!

15 comments:

The Nelson Family said...

What a darling outfit! She looks so sweet. :D

Amanda said...

I am kinda of in love with Gracie's caplet! :) Adorable as usual! :)

Olga said...

I love the lace overlay! So cute.

Annie said...

I love the whole outfit! Too adorable!

sallyavena said...

I love the sweet look of the lace on the knit! Very well done!

Ajaire said...

This is adorable. The bow was the perfect touch!

Suzanne Winter said...

Love that dress/top and the capelette is adorable!

Shaffer Sisters said...

Very fun! And it looks so comfy. I think my favorite part is the drop waste skirt, or maybe the attached bow, or maybe those lacy leggins. OK,Ok I like it all. Way to go Momma!
with love,
-Jo

Charity said...

What a sweet outfit! I love the lace overlay, and that bow on the drop waist is just adorable. =)

Sharon said...

What a sweet dress!

Michelle said...

What a cutie! The dress is adorable, too -- I love that lace overlay and bow!

Magda E. said...

If I'd get to decide, you would absolutely win this week's round!!! Just loved it!!!

Amber said...

Love, love, and love. Did I mention I love this? The caplet is darling and so is your little lady.

Tin Marsh said...

You always have the best outfits each week! That is the sweetest dress!

D and G Stories said...

Thank you all for the sweet comments!!! It is so fun for me to read each of them!