The Holiday Debut Blog Tour celebrates the end of the debut year for three very talented new designers: Saskia Smith of The Wolf and the Tree, Gabriela Longfish of Chalk and Notch, and Holli Coats of Hello Holli.
I am so excited and feel honored to be on this tour among 24 amazing bloggers who will be creating and posting holiday inspired outfits made from patterns from each of these designers all week long. Follow along and enter the giveaway at the end to win prizes worth over $300.
Onto our holiday outfit! First, the Blue Ridge dress. Designed by Holli coats, the blue ridge dress is simple in construction, and elegant in all its details like the curved bodice, a single button back closure and all enclosed seams . Before I even started sewing the dress, I fell in love with the description of how the pattern got its name. Named after the gentle curves of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the bodice is exactly that, smooth gentle curves that go all around the chest and under the arms. How fitting is that name!
For the dress, I used a soft silk-cotton blend with a herringbone weave and little gold motifs that I got from my last trip to India, and for the bias trim, a metallic dot cotton in cream by Dear Stella and gold buttons from Joann. I made an 18 month size for my petite almost 2 year old. I cut the bias trim wider than indicated in the pattern which might or might not have been a good decision.
The bodice construction method used in this pattern is new to me and I found it really easy and neat. The raw edges at the seams joining the bodice and skirt are cleverly sandwiched within the bodice (which I now prefer rather than tucking in and top stitching). After three attempts at trying to photograph my toddler, the poor dress wrinkled quite a bit!
Next up: The Abby footed Tights by Saskia Smith. It was destiny that I had just enough of this metallic gold and black knit purchased from Joann last year. Based on measurements, I chose to make a 12-18 month size and it fits so great!
This was my first time ever making tights and I am smitten!! Discovering this pattern for me was like discovering how to make bread at home, like really tasty, healthy organic bread! No seriously, if my daughter is not wearing leggings, she’s wearing tights – store bought! every single one of them! And now I never have to buy any more generic tights for her. I am going to be whipping up a coordinating pair of tights for every dress I make her. That is how awesome this pattern is!
Saskia, the designer of the Abby footed tights has made sure that this pattern remains your one stop shop for any kind of tights you will ever want to make. The pattern comes with options for waist band – elastic or yoga band, and side accents – color blocked, ruched and ruffled. She even has separate pattern pieces to accommodate for 2-way stretch or 4 way stretch fabric and a cloth diaper fit too. And she has you covered for sizes 0 – 12. (Psst! all of her patterns are on sale now!)
And finally, the Fishtail Kimono by Gabriela Longfish. It’s starting to get really cold here, and with the dress being sleeveless, I wanted something that would keep her warm (and look pretty in the pictures and coordinate with her dress) so I used this Swirl fur in ivory. The button is the same one I used for the blue ridge dress and along with the gold elastic loop, I love how pretty it looks on the fur.
Third Kimono this month, need I say more? but honestly, I loved this pattern when I tested it, and love it even more in fur. The gathers in the back along with the asymmetrical length are my favorite features, that and the fact that I can churn one of these up in less than an hour. Contrary to what I expected, the fur fabric was easy to work with. I chose to hand hem the Kimono because I didn’t want the stitch lines to go over those soft swirls.