Our Matching Family Christmas Dresses

Ok, so this is a little bit crazy (during summer), but let’s talk about Christmas.

I don’t know about you, but somehow I always end up singing Christmas songs in the middle of summer. Maybe to turn my mind away from the heat? Or my head actually becomes overheated and starts acting crazy? Aaaaanyway…

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I was jumping back and forth between writing this now and leaving it for winter season, when it actually would be more current. But the photos have been taken more or less recently, in a fully green garden, so it would be just as weird to post them in winter as it is to write about Christmas in summer, so why the heck wait.

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So here we go. After helping my lovely cousin with her family matching outfits for Christmas, and probably sewing something else maybe as a gift (as if I would remember), I decided to make some quite last-minute family outfits for us.

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Liv has a lovely red dress she got for her birthday. And since it is quite festive with its striking red lace (for photo see at the end of the post), it gets rather less worn than it would deserve. We’re not too much of the sort who wears a lot of sleek and fine clothes. Or who go too much to places or occasions where you would have to. So I didn’t want to make her a special Christmas dress, rather she should wear the red one. Therefore I had to find something to go with it. I might have made a bow for her head or something, but she pretty much refuses to wear any of such things on her head and they get thrown away very soon. (Not that I’d be into bows too much anyway, but for a little girl why not.)

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Since it was winter, she would have to wear something underneath the skirt anyway, so I decided to go a bit punk and have her wear trousers with that posh dress. At least she’ll be able to wear them anytime during the year afterwards.

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I made them really simple. Just something to put her legs into with an elastic waistband. You wouldn’t see any other details under the dress anyway. And a little kid doesn’t really need any pockets or the like, so why bother. Also I was short on time.

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For my husband I made a raglan shirt, making the sleeves out of a thicker black jersey. This was to make it a) look more interesting and add a contrast, b) add comfort for him when wearing, c) to get by with the bought fabric.
This, dear reader, is not a questionnaire. I am simply giving you all the reasons at once. ;-)

My husband does not like being too dressed up, so again, making him a tie or bow or anything more sleek was not really an option. So I think this was a nice middle-way. It’s comfortable and simple enough and yet the green fabric makes it also look nice.

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The fabric was something I bought also last-minute before doing it all. After deciding suddenly I would give it a try and make a family outfit for us, I went to a fabric store here in town- a few days before Christmas. I have to say, I did not expect a half-empty store. They were obviously pretty much sold out, restocking apparently only after Christmas. So even though, I had something a bit different in mind when I was going there, I just went with anything that would catch my eye, after getting in.

So obviously, I got out of there with the only thing that caught my eye- an emerald green fabric (with subtly black kind of checked stripes). For those of you who do not know me that much: emerald green is MY colour. I love greens, almost any shades and hues, and deep, dark, emerald green is the colour that will always catch my eye.

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The fabric is probably a poly-blend, at least that’s what I’d guess by touch. As I said, since I didn’t have much choices, I just went with whatever I found.

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As for me. I ended up with a simple knee-length dress, with short raglan sleeves, a wide neckline and a bit longer hem in the back.Why ever did I do that, I’m not sure anymore, just seemed like a fine idea at the time I guess.

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I actually tried around with my own dress the most, not quite content with it until the very last minute, when I just decided it would be OK simple as it is. Somehow I wanted to make something more out of it, but time, energy left fabric and a too tired mind didn’t let me. In the end, I was actually happy that I’d left it as it was.

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Whew. Enough said, I think. Here a photo from Christmas only to show you how we looked together and that we really had it on, haha.

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