Today is the last day of the Laela Jeyne Plaid and Boots tour and the theme is Christmas Lights and Tree fun. Be sure to read to the end of this post for an amazing giveaway from our sponsors!
As a kid, some of my favorite memories of Christmas are cutting down our own Christmas tree. We would drive a few hours into the mountains, pack a picnic and take a family hike to look for the perfect tree. Once we found the one, my dad would get to work cutting while the rest of us played in the snow, building snowmen and throwing snowballs. Then we would rush home to decorate our tree and put up the rest of our Christmas decorations.
It has always been a dream of mine that one day I would share this same tradition with my own family but until now I’ve gone the easy route and just used our artificial tree. This year I’m using the tour as my motivation to start our new family tradition. I found a tree farm about an hour away where you can cut your own as well as plant your own (I really like the giving back aspect there), it’s not quite the same as going to the mountains but you make do when you live by the beach.
I was so excited when I heard Art Gallery would be sponsoring our tour. Their knit is the softest in town and I just love their designers. For quite some time I have had the idea of making my son a shirt with the Buck Forest from Bonnie Christine’s Hello Bear line. That vibrate mustard color is so eye catching. I already had the new Mouthlike Shadows from Maureen Cracknell’s Nightfall line on hand and wanted something that would bring them both together nicely. I love how the Follow Me in Moonlight did just that.
When I was choosing the kid’s patterns my main priority was their comfort. I knew they would be running about the farm and I wanted them to do so comfortably . Since we haven’t hit our cold month yet (although it was a little chilly the day we drove to the farm) I wasn’t too worried about them staying warm but I am glad I decided on long sleeves for both of them.
For the little guy’s outfit I used the Emmy’s T-shirt pattern and added a self drafted pocket to the front. I am currently obsessed with the look and ever since I put our neighbors 10 week old puppy in my pocket the kids have been asking for shirts to do the same!! The Emmy t-shirt has many options including cowl and hood options,regular or gather sleeve with 3 different sleeve lengths, 4 different optional cuffs, 3 elbow patch shapes, and accent triangle on side seam.
I sewed a hooded long sleeve shirt in the Buck Forest and added oval patches, cuffs and the accent triangles to the side seam using Follow Me for the perfect amount of contrast.
For my daughter’s outfit I used the Sammy Swing Dress pattern and the Charlotte Girls Leggings pattern. This was my first time using both of these patterns and I was so pleased with how quickly they sewed together. I don’t always get a lot of time to sit down and sew with my two littles running around so when an entire outfit can be made in an hour that is definitely a win for me.
I blended sizes 3 and 5 to get the perfect fit for my very tall and slender little miss. I used the Mouthlike Shadows for hi-lo hem dress and also added the large pocket to the front using the Follow me like I did for my son’s shirt.
She took one look at her brothers shirt and asked for a hood like his so I used the hood from the Emmy’s T-shirt pattern and made the look she wanted. I think she has an eye for style and it turned out rather cute.
You can purchase any of the patterns for 20% off during the tour with code P&BTOUR20 here.
Thank you to all the fabulous sponsors especially Art Gallery Fabrics who provided me with the fabric for this tour.
Don’t forget to stop by and see all of the other beautiful makes these talented ladies did for their stop on the tour!
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