Monday, January 13, 2014

Alaskan winter sparkle

I am coming off my break from the blog to participate in the winter season Project Run and Play.  Is it any surprise that I could not stay away from this event?

 The first week theme is Winter Wonderland which fit perfect with what I had already planned and had cut out for my girls' Christmas outfits.  I was inspired by the dark, cold Alaska winters and used colors that fit the twilight, snowy winter they have been enjoying.

A cropped version of our Christmas Eve family photo

I blogged about my older daughter's outfit over at Sew Cool for the Tween Scene, so you can go check it out there.

Isa's dress is made of all stretch velvet.  The colors are an ice blue, navy, and black.  The dress is the Anywhere Dress by Go-To Patterns.  I color blocked the dress with the light and dark blue, highlighting the change with sparkly silver lace.

I chose to make leggings because it is too cold in Alaska for dresses and tights.  But the thick velvet leggings are warmer and will slip into the snow pants easily.

Of course, I could not leave the outfit simple and elegant for the holidays.  I went over the top by making a vintage pinafore out of a black flocked organza.  The pattern is McCalls 7427.  The only modification I made was to make the skirt double layered and I added more of the lace.  Gathering all that organza was actually quite a pain and I had to use the navy velvet as the waist piece to hide the seams.  But I thought that turned out pretty good as it tied it into the navy on her dress.

"up mama"

I took these pictures on New Years Eve as we visited museums in Tacoma, Washington.  I had a break from my Army school in Georgia and met them in Washington so we all can spend time together and visit our extended family.  I spent much of the time carrying Isa and did not mind a bit.

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  1. That dress is darling! I love the lace trim. So darling!

  2. It reminds me of Hayley Mills in Pollyanna, when she wears the blue shirt with puffed sleeves and the velvet dress. Any way :) its adorable. I love how full her skirt is. Great job Momma!
    with love,

    1. Thank you. I love the fullness of the skirt too. It is quite impractical but totally adorable. ;)

  3. WOW, those clothes look so warm and cozy! I also linked up to Project Run and Play... a bathrobe I made for my son!


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