Sunday, December 20, 2015

Being Two (And A Half)

I decided to take Christmas card photos of Jane again this year.  Last year's are still some of my favorites.  So I set up a cute little vignette on the back porch and dressed Jane in her Christmas jumper I made last month.  And this is what I got.

Oh, two year olds (going on threenagers).  They are so wonderfully cooperative, aren't they??  I bribed with everything I had.  But no such luck.  If you could have been a fly on the wall while I was attempting my photo shoot.

Most of the photos are blurry like this.  Never stops moving.

I hope these photos make you laugh as hard as I did as I was going through them.  I took 248 photos trying to get a sweet one.  And I got one sweet one.  One.  So we put the sweet one on the front of our Christmas card this year and a bunch of the hilarious ones on the back.  She's a trip, y'all. And now a quick pattern review of the corduroy jumper I sewed (jumper in the American sense of the word!).  

Pattern Description:  A Burda envelope pattern, 9447.  Three sleeveless dresses with different trim options- bows and hem bands.  I made view C which has a really cute bubble shape with elastic in the hem and gathered patch pockets.  Jane loves the pockets, which you can't see very well in this fabric.  Every time she has worn it, she packs them full of little toys.

Pattern Sizing:  US sizes 2-7.  I made Jane a size 2 even though she is really wearing a 3T in rtw.  I think I probably could have made her a size 3 in this pattern although the shoulder fit is perfect.  It's the tiniest bit short on her but she's tall.

Fabric Used: A very lightweight printed corduroy from  The fabric is adorable and I bought one yard a few months ago with the intention of making Jane something for Christmas.  It was easy to sew.

Sweet, but still blurry!

Alterations/Deviations:  I omitted the zipper at the back and did a keyhole closure instead.  Way easier than putting in a zipper.  But her hair does get caught in the button.  Maybe I need a different button?

Likes/Dislikes:  I really love everything about it.  And Jane likes it, too, but just because of those pockets.  I spent some time sewing those pockets.  Probably more time sewing the pockets than the rest of the dress.  The elastic in the hem is what makes the dress so adorable.  She has worn it quite a few times since I made it already.  I sewed it all in one day right before her picture day at school.

Conclusion: Cute little dress for a preschooler.  I'm filing this pattern away for summer.  I can see making it again, for sure.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Such adorableness! The dress is really cute...wrote the pattern number down to use for the granddaughters!

  2. So, so cute! Love the dress, and the photos. I'd tell ya they get more cooperative sitting for Christmas pics as they get older, but that'd be a complete lie. Every single year, it's nothing but extreme goofiness!

  3. Oh my goodness -she is so adorable!! I love the ones where she is on the chair holding a present! Her little outfit looks adorable too!

  4. Merry Christmas! What a cutie, and what a great dress - I need to find a little girl to sew for (tons on little boys in my circle, no girls!)

  5. Love this dress. The fabric is lovely and Jane looks cute In it. I remember trying to get photos of sewn stuff when my daughter was that age. You did well, they are lovely. Xx

  6. Cute jumper and even cuter photos of Jane. Her personality shines through! BTW have you tried shooting in shutter priority on a faster shutter speed - works great with moving people i.e. kids!

    1. I shoot in aperture priority a lot but never in shutter priority. I will try it for sure the next time I take photos of jane! She's always a blur!!

  7. Hahaha! My fave has to be the "really mom?!" look. Cute dress too, but the model seriously steals the show. ;-)

  8. They can't sit still can they? She looks super cute in these photos though! The dress in lovely, I love the elastic hem make a fabulous feature.

  9. Hilarious - I love her expressions! I have the opposite problem in that my youngest has "sweet" pose that she brings out for photos and clings to for as long as possible. But instead of looking sweet she just looks pained and uncomfortable. They are so funny!

  10. Hahahaha oh I feel your pain! Imogen is the worst to take photos off. She never stands still or looks at the camera. I always have to bribe her with something to get decent photos.

  11. Her facial expressions?! The best! Super cute. Hope you all had a great Christmas!

  12. OMG, I love her!!!! Who cares about sweet, that child has CHARACTER. So awesome! I bet that's the best Christmas card ever, I especially like the ones at the beginning where she's like "UGH, I HATE CHRISTMAS, UGH." So great. Also, that jumper is totally adorable, I might have to get my hands on that pattern! Love the little bubble bottom and, yes, the pockets!

  13. Ahahahahaha, oh, Jane! She is too funny and cute! I love the jumper- it's so sweet! I've spent the week with my 2-going-on-3 nephew and oh my, that's quite an age! There was an epic meltdown yesterday because "I no wanna wear a shirt to church!!!"