So as I made this outfit I kept humming - "da da dadadada da da circus, da da dadadada da da afro, circus, afro, circus, afro, polkadot-polkadot-polkadot afro!" Hopefully you got the reference! lol! It's what the zebra sings on the latest Madagascar movie!
One of my goals during PR&P is to sew through my stash and complete the challenges without buying new fabric! I'm really torn about next week because my mom said I should do a sweater vest and skinny jeans for Christian but I have no yardage in those materials. We'll see if maybe I can raid my closet and upcycle something!
**Edit** - I just read through all the posted links and I think everyone has a theme of destashing with their challenges!!! haha! I hope I don't sound like a broken record if you've been clicking through the linky party!
I also didn't have the greatest day to photograph. It's nasty outside and little girl was not happy so I had to bribe with cheerios. Hopefully the cuteness of this outfit is translated in the pictures I was able to snap!
My favorite part of the ensemble is the ruffle bloomers! I took a panty pattern from the CC pattern Frannie Baby and added my own strips of ruffle to the bottom! I love my new serger (Brother 1034d) and it's a huge step up from the White serger I had been using. I put a narrow edge stitch on both sides of the strip of fabric and then gathered and sewed it to the panty back before sewing the side seams together. Super easy to do! I'm sure there are plenty of free patterns out there!
The top is just a simple pillowcase dress with an appliqued heart on the front in the stripe! I searched around for several appliques that I could add and thought about doing a Minnie Mouse but decided that I would go ahead and get started on a Valentine outfit for her! (I still plan to do a different Valentine outfit for a future PR&P challenge - I think week 4 or 5? A little girl can't have enough ruffles and hearts in her wardrobe!)
The leg warmers were a Pick Your Plum deal that I HAD to incorporate with the outfit! lol! Baby legs in leg warmers are the best! I need to get some sweater knit to make my own! I made her little hair bows out of some ribbon and glued them to alligator clips. I'm so glad her hair can go in ponytails and pigtails now with her little baby hairbands! It makes putting a bow clip in her hair so easy!
She is definitely my little love bug! Thank you so much for visiting!!! I can't wait to see all the other sew along projects this week!