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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Simplicity 1600 - Aurora's Christmas Outfit

If you read my post on Rori's leather moccasins that I made her for Christmas, then you would have seen this beaut needlecord fabric make an appearance. When I purchased the leather for the mocs and this needlecord fabric in the summer from the Goldhawk Road, I just knew a coordinating outfit was on the cards.



I decided to use a pattern from my (ever expanding) pattern stash, and so I went for Simplicity 1600, which is a remake of a vintage sewing pattern. I thought a little romper, with a matching bonnet and her little mocs would be cute to boot, so that's what I did!



This pattern is so easy and straightforward to use. The only thing I changed was adding two buttons (one on top of the other, separated a little) on each strap, rather than one button or a popper. I've seen this on a few RTW romper's and dungarees that Rori has, and is a great trick to getting more wear out of the outfit. Fasten the strap on the top button to make a more snug fit, or fasten on the bottom button to make a roomier fit for when she grows. I used some large diamond buttons, which I really like. I also sewed the straps together at the back where they cross over and meet to avoid the straps falling off her shoulders.



Never having made a bonnet before, I was a bit dubious of how it would come together, but it was very quick and simple. The thing that took the longest time was hand-stitching the top of the binding down on the inside, but even that was a cinch. 

What I love about this pattern is that the outfits can be made in heavier,warmer fabrics for the colder months and lighter fabrics for the warmer months. Rori wore this outfit on boxing day with cream tights and a cream turtle-neck. Is there anything better than seeing chubby little baby legs in tights? I think not!

Although Rori has worn the outfit, I failed to get a picture of her wearing it, so here's a picture of it just before I wrapped it all up.



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