I don't always necessarily plan on making something new for the kids to wear for picture day, most of the time I'm making enough new stuff around picture day that something is bound to work for the occasion. But sometimes, I stumbled across the perfect fabric and a new pattern that I can't wait to try. And sometimes, it's a chance for some "fancier" clothes to come out of hiding.
This year, it was both.
But it was picture day perfect!
When I went to make the shirt I wanted something that would be both cool, because it was HOT, but also nice and on the dressyish side. Of course, after searching through my stash I couldn't quite manage to find anything that fit the bill. So, I searched through my giant "to upcycle" pile of my husband's old dress shirts and found the perfect thing!
I cut the pattern out using the shirt's original button placket and omitting the foldover, envelope part at the top of the shirt. It took a bit of extra thinking, nothing hard, just needed a bit of extra brain power. I love the way it turned out!
He looks so handsome in Dad's miniaturized button down!
For Violet, it was a case of...the perfect fabric meets it's perfect pattern...
While on the hunt for Halloween costume supplies, I stumbled across this beautiful melon colored thin wale corduroy at JoAnn. I had no need in particular for it, but the color was too pretty to ignore!
Violet spotted it in my stash later and immediately requested it be used for her! As it turned out I had also just recently purchased Heidi and Finn's latest pattern, the Dorset dress...the perfect pairing!
Oh, this dress, in this corduroy, could not be any better! I think because of this dress I might just be developing a mild obsession with corduroy in fact.
The sweet little buttons down the back and flutter sleeves make this dress perfect for wearing alone or layered with a shirt underneath in the cooler months...
Violet loved the little color pop of floral lining which she recognized from another dress...
I love the simple and classic A-line shape to this dress, plus it was super quick to put together from start to finish. Though I will say that I was not a fan of the front button/tab placement. Initially, as per the pattern, they were much much lower. But, after trying the dress on Violet, she and I decided that we really did not like them that low, so I picked them out of the side seams and together we decided where their best placement was.
Which, as far as we are concerned, is right about at her waist, the previous lower placement was just odd and not flattering, plus seemed like they might get in the way a bit. Anywho, in the end the results were fantastic, simple and perfect for a growing eight year old and her more mature style sense!
I'm loving seeing how the kids and their style changes as they get older and move away from the "cutesie" and more toward the "easy to wear"...but still being kids too!
These photos were all taken the morning of picture day, before school. We were practicing "real" smiles, because they aren't alway easy to come by, as I'm sure many of you are aware in your own kiddos! It was a challenge to say the least, for some more than others!
I can't wait to see what their school pictures look like!