Understated Christmas outfit

December 9, 2014

Understated Christmas outfit 2

Hello! How are your preparations for Christmas going? This time last year I was co-hosting the 12 Days of Christmas series with my friend Suz. It was so much fun to see everyone’s Christmas outfits – you can find a round up of all the guests’ outfits here. However, December is such a busy time of year with plenty of opportunities to have some impromptu fun with the children, so this year we decided not to run it this year. We still love sewing some special outfits for our children though, so today we are both sharing what we have made. Read to the bottom of the post for a link to see what Suz has made.

Understated Christmas outfit 3

I was hoping to make outfits for both my boys this year but didn’t quite manage it, maybe I will in time for Christmas though. I started with Casper’s first as then it can be passed down to Rowan later to get more use. As I said last year we tend to dress quite casually at Christmas, so I didn’t go too over the top. These are items that Casper can wear every day.

His sweatshirt was inspired by this Yay sweatshirt and I added the Ho Ho Ho using a freezer paper stencil. The raglan pattern is my own and is the same one I used for last year’s Christmas sweatshirt, which was also grey. It could become a tradition.

Understated Christmas outfit 1The trousers are made with my twisted trousers pattern that I’m working on at the moment. I actually bought the fabric for these in time for last year’s series but didn’t quite get around to using it. Unfortunately it is out of print now but it was from the Oh Deer range by Momo for Moda. The base blue is one of my favourite colours and I couldn’t resist the cute little deer. I was having trouble deciding what colour piping to use when I realised that my usual Christmas decoration colours and blue and silver. Luckily my mum was able to track down some pre-made silver piping for me at short notice (from Fabricland) and I love the subtle effect.

Understated Christmas outfit close up

Understated Christmas outfit pocketI try to involve my children in outfits I make for them, so they are more likely to wear them. Casper chose the faux bois fabric for the pocket bags and the purple fleece lining. Yes, this is the other reason he loves these trousers – they are fully lined in purple fleece. The outer fabric is a fairly thin quilting cotton so I wanted to give them some warmth for winter. The fabric is from a £3 Ikea blanket and the trousers are actually fully reversible but definitely more cozy with the fleece on the inside. I would love a pair of these myself for the chilly weather we’re getting at the moment.

Reindeer twisted trousers - lining

It had rained quite heavily the night before I took these photos and Casper managed to fall over twice before I’d even taken any, so you might notice a few dirty marks. I think I need to embrace them though as he gets older. I love how I can look back and compare this year’s photo with last year’s – hopefully I will keep this up every year now!

Understated Christmas outfit back view

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Now make sure you head over to Sewpony to see the gorgeous dresses Suz made for her three daughters. Aren’t they adorable in this photo? I’m also a bit jealous of how warm they look, it’s freezing here.

The Christmas Dresses by Suz of Sewpony


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  • Reply Celina December 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Is that really silver piping??? You are the coolest. Love the outfit. Love that the pants are reversible. Love your fabrics. So so cute. Love it all.

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      It really is silver 🙂 You can’t tell in the photos but it’s quite sparkly up close. So happy you like the outfit.

  • Reply Natalie from Sewoutnumbered December 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Yep – these are AWESOOOOOOME!!! Digging the deer, and the piping and the twists. Can’t wait for this pattern! 🙂

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you Natalie, I do wish I had more of the deer fabric, glad I didn’t mess up what I had though 😀

  • Reply Maria December 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    The trousers are fantastic! so great idea to make them with the lining. They are perfect for cold weather. I do love the sweatshirt too is very cute!!

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks Maria!

  • Reply Nathalie B. December 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Love those pants ! Any idea of when the pattern should be available ? Hope it will go up to size 12 !

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Nathalie, I am aiming for release either late Jan or early Feb and they will go up to size 12 🙂 So pleased you like them.

  • Reply Olu December 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Reversible! That’s pretty damn cool.

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks Olu. I love how the technique comes together and yet every time I think it won’t work!

  • Reply Karly Nelson December 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I adore those pants!!!! They turned out so adorable!

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      I’m pretty fond of them too Karly, thanks. It’s probably good for my bank balance that the fabric is no longer available.

  • Reply Monica--Adirondack Inspired December 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I could not love this more. Seriously…. !!!!

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks so much Monica 🙂

  • Reply Inês December 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    This outfit is pretty cool! Love the sweatshirt and that deer fabric is perfect!!! Oh and I want to make those twisted trousers!!! <3

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks Inês, you will be able to make them soon enough, I promise.

  • Reply Roxanne December 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I love everything about this outfit but the pants are especially amazing!

    • Reply Laura December 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you Roxanne! I am so glad I saved the fabric for this pattern.

  • Reply Jane December 10, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Oh my goodness these are totally totally awesome!!!!!!

  • Reply huisje boompje boefjes December 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

    The12 days of Christmas series was a lot of fun to read, nice that you both decided to sew & post your own outfits this year. Love the pants. A lot!

  • Reply Jenny December 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Great outfit, Laura! Does he love it? Because I do!

  • Reply Carla December 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I adore this! That sweatshirt is perfection!

  • Reply Saskia January 21, 2015 at 6:08 am

    What a fun sweater! And I love the pants! I’m looking forward to your pattern.

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