Oh...I've been wanting to make the kids a set of Nutcracker inspired dolls for years now! Two years ago I did manage two sets of Nutcracker themed peg dolls which the kids adore and love to play with each Christmas. And, last year, their love of the Nutcracker inspired a Christmas "blazer" of sorts for Henry. But, this year, I was determined to really do it...make dolls inspired by the Nutcracker!
Or maybe...just some pajamas...or both perhaps!
I'm sorry to say, but you will have to forgive me, as the pictures are not perfect...you know kids aren't quite inclined to stand still for pictures on Christmas or the morning after as it seems either...
For Violet's night gown I used Laguna cotton and the pattern for all you need jammies from Heidi & Finn. I lengthened it...a lot, and added a ruffle to the bottom. I added a bit of stretch lace to the neckband as I was sewing it on, but I don't have a great picture of that. Blue piping (Because I love piping! And because, to me, that made it look more like "Clara") was added along the chest and the bottom ruffle. The cuff is slightly ruffled as well...for this I simply cut the cuff piece about twice as long, then gathered it before sewing it onto the sleeve with elastic thread. I worried that it'd be too long, but it's just the perfect length (phew!). She loves it because of the length in fact! It makes her feel "old fashioned!"
Henry's pjs are also laguna knit. I used the Flashback skinny tee pattern from Made by Rae and the bottoms are Wild and Free Lounge pants (sans pockets) from Coffee and Thread. I used black on the front bottom piece to mimic "boots" and painted the "belt" and "buttons" onto the front of the shirt. He loves these pajamas! In fact, he loves these pajamas with his new King cape!
While the pictures might not be the best...
The pajamas definitely are!
But wait! Didn't this post start out talking about nutcracker inspired dolls?!
Clara, has a bit of lace trim added along the bottom of her blue skirt...
A layer of tulle too...because it is the ballet after all!
And, because it's winter a sweet little blue and lace collar/shaw...
He's got little knit "socks" that just pull on to stand in as his "boots".
And the kids really love them and love to play "nutcracker" with them!
It's so nice to finally have a pair of Nutcracker dolls for their imaginary play! Because each and every year around Christmas "the Nutcracker" is "playing" in our living room...and this will make the "show" all the more enjoyable!