"Always be yourself.
Unless you can be a unicorn.
Then always be a unicorn!"
Sweet Harper is in love with unicorns (until recently pronounced: 'you-me-corns'). A wooden pull-toy unicorn was the only thing she asked Santa Claus for this past Christmas. Now where to find one?! It is a good thing that "Santa" can carve wood and put one together for her. It travels everywhere with her, dressed in ribbons and sometimes with a sock around its neck. (!?)
When I saw Sarah Jane's "Magic" collection, I knew that I would have to order the fabric and make Harper a special dress.
My "Signature Style" has evolved over the last several years into two styles with some overlapping elements. I believe that with both styles I am still being myself. I am "always being a unicorn"!
1. Classic Children's Clothing:
Hand work: hand hemming, hand sewn facings
Heirloom patterns and techniques
Lace and lace work
Ribbons, ruffles, other trims
Classic style patterns
|Style 1: Classic Children's Clothing|
2. Boutique Children's Clothing
Up-cycled vintage linens
Hand work: hems, facings, etc.
Independent pattern designers
More casual looks
Ribbons, pom-poms, trimmings
Lace and ruffles
|Style 2: Boutique Children's Clothing|
Harper's Unicorn dress falls into the second style category.
Pattern: Violette Fields Threads "Clara" for the dress, size 3
Australian Smocking & Embroidery #78 for the shorts, size 2
Fabrics: Michael Miller "Magic" collection by Sarah Jane ("Unicorn Parade", "Unicorn Forest", "Stars and Stripes", "Lucky Stars") and white embroidered batiste from my stash.
Pattern adaptations: I added a full lining with a growth tuck because the pastel sections of the fabric were a bit sheer. I also added an inch and a half to the hem to extend the life of the garment. This was hand hemmed because the inside can be seen (high/low hemline).
During the PR&P 'Greenery' contest week my beloved Elna Diva sewing machine sewed it's last seam. I was devastated! I had purchased that machine over twenty years ago. It wasn't new then. It had been a demonstration/class sewing machine in a quilting fabric store in Tampa for several years. I can tell you, I was beside myself! My sweet husband told me to go and find a replacement "And get what you really want!" I am now the proud owner of a Janome Memory Craft 9400. Of course, there is a 'learning curve' and 'Change' isn't my first name!
|The headband was made with some trim found at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts and a bit of elastic.|
The little shorts were an afterthought. I am glad I made them!
|Shorts or bloomers are important for under dresses when you aren't quite four!|
|Shoes were found on-line at Payless.|
The Many Faces of Harper!
I am linking this post to the Signature Style sew-along contest over at Project Run and Play HERE. I hope that you will stop by and see all the other beautiful creations.