Friday, January 16, 2015

Casual Christmas - a relaxed holiday outfit and tutorial

I know this is coming a little late....but with a busy holiday and a household of sickies afterward,  I finally got the time to edit our Christmas pictures!

I wanted to share the outfits I made my girls this year. Every year I make elaborate dresses for them, and every year parts of the outfit slowly come off so they can run around with their cousins (they usually end up in tights and tank tops by the end of the night :)

So this year I decided to make a really comfy outfit that they could jump around in all day/night! AND still look really cute and 'dressed up'

I made them plaid leggings (fabric from girl charlee) with matching tunics (fabric also from girl charlee) The tunic was a self drafted simple hi-low sweatshirt that I embellished with a sequin collar and cuffs.

Really simple...a bit time consuming...But...SUCCESS - they kept the outfits on the entire evening and no complaints! :)

For the red one I added a little trim of organza (it was a little short after hemming)
I  Love that they now have pieces they can wear again and again, not just for the holidays :)

Here is what I did:

I sewed the neckline and sleeve tops into the sweatshirt but left the sides OPEN. I marked the center of the neckline and drafted a collar piece on cardstock. I literally just cut a rough collar piece and kept laying down on the sweater and trimming it until I was happy with the shape.

Using a white chalk fabric marker (seriously - you NEED to invest in one of these when marking dark fabrics, epecially if you are doing embroidery and don't want it to rub/dry off easily) I traced the collar shape

I cut out some interfacing a little larger than the collar shapes and ironed them on the inside of the sweatshirt for stability

I also drew out my lines for he sleeve cuffs

then I just sewed on the sequins by hand.  It took a few nights, and a few movies and they were done!
 I sewed up the sides and hemmed to finish . You can see more detailed instructions for sewing on the sequins in my tutorial for sparkle heart elbow patches

Hopefully this will inspire you to make your own sparkle top...for any occasion! ( I think this would make a really great Birthday outfit for a very active little girl! )

~ Christine


  1. what a labor of love - with great success!!

  2. That must have taken forever but so worth it! Not only comfy I bet but can also be worn for more than just a couple times :). I am living the leggings with the boots too! Perfect☺️

  3. Love this clothes and the colors are wonderful too.


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