Last year the girls saw White Christmas for the first time, and while they found it at times repetitive and long (and just plain weird in some parts, which it is) they were mesmerized by the scene at the end, the LONG musical number (where many of the participants look bored) by all the different Santa-style dresses. Especially the ones on the little girls. Grammie and I have seen this movie so many times over the years that it is a source of many weird observations. We all love it and I feel like we are on MST3K when we watch it. She referred to it last night as the ultimate sleep aid.
Upon request I had scored 2 of these Santa-style dresses (for the 4 and 7 year old) over the years from second-hand shops. The 4 year old often wears hers in July. But I had never seen one for Sadie, size 9/10. I thought maybe she didn't mind but I recently found out she was bummed that she didn't have one. It's so much fun to dress in 3's I'm told. And it is so much easier to put on a spontaneous White Christmas musical number in the living room when all three girls have matching Santa dresses.
I went to Joann's and picked up the red poly/velvet stretchy stuff, some white trim (not the hairy kind, but white fleece fabric, it was yardage, not on a roll) and used one of her jersey pullover Tea dresses as a pattern guide. It came together without a hitch. Super easy and super inexpensive, which was appreciated by my crafting budget. I realize the white trim on Sadie's is much smaller in scale than shown in the movie, but so much more practical for eating in.
Okay, I just re-read this whole post and thought, for a millisecond, how funny/wrong it would be to make one for myself. Oh no! Now the badness of this idea is going to consume me. The girls would die! I should surprise them wearing one Christmas morning. Dare I?
I have a new winter banner, and some new links. And the Autmun Leaves aprons for Tie One On are due this week! Thanks for all the great submissions so far.