Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Give Thanks for Overalls - Thanksgiving Holiday Wear for the Kids

Craftiments:  Give Thanks for Overalls {Little girls Thanksgiving outfit}

I love the funny statements and mispronunciations that I hear everyday from my two year old.  Whenever she has an itch, she emphatically proclaims, "I scratchy!".  So when I thought about what the girls would wear for Thanksgiving, I imagined her sitting miserably on the couch, tugging at a stiff and "scratchy" dress.  And I thought, who says that a girl has to wear a dress for a special occasion?  Miss Juju already has a gorgeous pair of Laura Ashley corduroy overalls that I bought at the thrift store for $2 (tags still attached and made in Ireland, I'd like to add)!  The decision was made and I set out to make a pair of Thanksgiving overalls for Miss Imp.

I created the pattern by combining the bodice of a jumper dress with a pair of roomy pants, adding enough length to the top of the pants to accomodate her torso.  I used a vintage floral corduroy that my mom gave to me.  She said she bought it before I was born to make herself a skirt, so this stuff is ancient!  I think the mustard yellow flowers and brown vines make this a great fabric for an autumn outfit.

Craftiments:  Thanksgiving overalls front
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Craftiments:  Thanksgiving overalls back
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A closeup of the bodice.....  I like jumper style bodices for growing kids because you can add an inch or two of length as they grow simply by moving the buttons.

Craftiments:  Thanksgiving overalls bodice
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I made gathered patch pockets and placed them so Miss Imp's fingertips would just touch the bottom.  She loves pockets, so I made them extra roomy for keeping all of her little treasures.

Craftiments:  Thanksgiving overalls gathered patch pockets
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I added a cute tie on the back of the bodice which also provides adjustment in fit.

Craftiments:  Thanksgiving overalls back tie
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The leg openings were a bit wide for my taste, so I gathered the outer sides with elastic.

Craftiments:  Thanksgiving overalls gathered hem
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For the top, I sewed lace to the slightly short sleeves of a shirt she wore last winter.

This outfit is kid tested and approved for lots of rambunctious Thanksgiving fun with her sister and cousins!  And it's not "scratchy" at all!

I've added Miss Imp's Thanksgiving overalls to the Project Run & Play sew-along flickr pool for this week's Holiday Wear challenge.  Stop by and check out all the gorgeous and creative holiday outfits!


  1. What a cute idea for a Thanksgiving outfit. You really make me want to learn how to sew.

    Thanks for sharing,

  2. This is darling fabric! Thanks for linking up this week!


  3. She is such a doll and the overalls are darling! Too cute!!

    Thank you for linking up at the Wildly Original party.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  4. This is a great idea for a holiday. I totally agree why should little girls be stuck in scratchy dresses! How great you had this fabric, I think it certainly found a great home after a long wait.

  5. Cute overalls! Thanks for linking up at my Submarine Sunday link party!


  6. Great job on this - it looks fantastic. And I can relate to those funny phrases with my toddler too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  7. What a doll baby she is!!! Those overalls are adorable too.

    Stopping by from Fancy That Fridays.


  8. Absolutely adorable! Thank you for linking up to The Weekly Creative link party. I hope you'll stop by again on Monday to link up more of your fun ideas.

    Have a great weekend!
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot