The footed tights are as straightforward as they come! My poor bootyless babe really needs the next size down, and the super stretchy jegging material I used didn't help much to camouflage my poor size selection. Thankfully, these beauties sew up in no time flat (4 seams!!) so making her another pair will be a swift undertaking!
The dress, though, was going to need some tweaking for winter wear. The adorable sleeveless design looks great under the Chalk & Notch Fishtail Kimono, and was my original plan for weeks. Until my daughter spent a week straight throwing off her mom-mandated "layer" as soon as she got to preschool every morning. (Sound familiar??)
I reluctantly conceded... the only way to keep this child's arms covered is by stitching sleeves to the garment itself. So that's just what I did! Behold:
But how does one do such a thing?? I've directed folks to my friend Jodi's tutorial for years, but thought this time I'd photograph the process myself. There can never be too much of a good thing right??
First things first - pick a pattern meant for the same fabrics as the sleeveless design you're modifying. My friend Melissa graciously gifted me her prize pattern from Lil Luxe Collections, and I happened to have Jessica's Sweetheart Dress printed and assembled in front of me as I plotted my pattern hack. This would do nicely!
Isn't that nifty?? It works like magic!! Magic like.. my daughter meeting her beloved Rudolph for the first time... (or pretending to, anyway. One day she'll have to tell me how she thinks this magic keeps happening in my camera. I love hearing her 4 year old logic!)
"His nose is colder than I thought!"
That's a happy kiddo! And a happy momma! That's JoAnn's Snuggle Flannel right there - for a layer-defying child, that's the best I can hope for keeping her cozy all day at school when I'm not there to constantly re-dress her ;)
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