I hadn't really planned on making any new Christmas outfits for either child this year. Violet seemed content to wear last year's skirt and Henry finally realized that these pants are awesome and that this tie and this vest would accompany them perfectly for the holidays.
Hooray, Christmas outfits done and handmade at that (just not this year)!
But then Violet spied herself in a pretty plaid Christmas dress (from 2011!) in our Advent Calendar and she began to pine for a plaid dress so that she and Henry could be all "plaidy" together.
I was torn a dress for me or one for Violet? Then this Mara dress popped up in my Pinterest feed. I had seen it last year and fell in love with it then, which is when I purchased the Mara pattern from Compagnie M. I bought the pattern and even put it together and then there it sat...for nearly an entire year! Now, I couldn't get it out of my head. And, honestly by the time I had a chance to work on a dress of any sort it was December 23! It's much easier to work on a last minute kid's dress than a woman's dress, so Violet won out...
Somehow, even after I measured carefully and used another dress as a guide I still managed to make the dress on the short side. Which is fine really because it will look cute with leggings too!
To the sleeves!
This dress turned out exactly the way I had hoped it would, albeit a little short. And, for some reason my interfacing made it impossible for me to get my bib smoothly pressed, boo! I did make one little change on the sleeves. After Violet's initial try on she felt like the sleeves were a bit too "floppy". That was easily fixed by running a little stitch line around the sleeves with some elastic thread...
She loves the sleeves like this, even saying that she wished ALL of her sleeves were like this! HA!
I will say that I am a little jealous that she got the dress and not I, but then again I do love a cute dress, especially one that will grow along with her for a couple of years!
Not to mention the fact that the two "plaidy" kids looked adorable together on Christmas Eve!