The Kid’s Clothes Week Fall 2014 theme is: storybook. There are so many ways to go with this theme! There is the more obvious costume feel (like my Princess Anna here) or a more inspired look (like these comfy reading PJ’s here). Some opted to screen print quotes or images onto tees or skirts. There are just so many wonderful ways to interpret this seasons theme.
I chose my storybook theme to center around one of my childhood favorites that I am now sharing with my children: My Father’s Dragon.
For the dragon dress, I chose the Adele Dress by Violette Fields Threads with Robert Kaufman Laguna Stretch Jersey Knit in Royal (here) with red tulle accents. I coupled the dress with DIY Leggings in Riley Blake Jersey Knit 1″ Stripes in Yellow (here). With the boots we got from Hanna Andersson, the dress could not be a more perfect dragon!
For Elmer, I chose the Rowan Tee by Titchy Threads with Riley Blake Jersey Knit 1″ Stripes in Red (here). I added a light blue knit color band and accent pocket with scrap knit I had.
Today marks the first day of KCW Fall 2014. While I have been working on this project for some time, today it is finally finished and that is worth celebrating!
This year has been all about Frozen. At first it was the music. “Let it Go” played everywhere, and all the time, followed by “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”. The latter was sung on repeat in our house for 2 weeks straight to prepare for the upcoming “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” musical audition.
All summer long we dreamed about Frozen.
As we approached Halloween, it was obvious that an Anna or Elsa costume would be in the works. After Cadence got the part as the “Little Red-Haired Girl” in the Charlie Brown play, we decided that Anna would be the perfect choice as we already had a red-haired wig.
Frozen Princess Anna Costume Review
The pattern for Princess Anna is from Joy2Sew and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result! While I made a few minor adjustments (as we all do!), this pattern was very well laid out and provided just enough instruction to make the sewing process comfortable.
Instead of painting on the design with the provided templates, I decided to use felt sheets and Heat n’ Bond. The skirt and cape I simply ironed on the designs, while the vest I opted to sew on for durability. I also added a scalloped skirt hem line in a contrasting blue and shortened the skirt by about 6 inches to show off the boots.
Earlier this year, the kids and I succumbed to yet another pinterest phenomenon: Sidewalk Chalk Photography. In the heat of a Texas June day, we decided to make chalk paint, paint the driveway in the likeness of the Dallas skyline, and make one of the most adorable Father’s Day cards ever!
4-5 cups Cornstarch
Food Coloring (we used gel)
4-5 Cups of water
To make: Mix roughly 1 cup cornstarch to 1 cup water with 10-12 drops of food coloring (or until the desired color). We had no problem washing away the color when we were finished. However, we used Tempura Paint in black for the outline, and that took about 2 weeks to fully disappear.
4-5 Large Sponge Paintbrushes
We only had a few hours to create the chalk surprise, so unfortunately we had to deal with the sun and very hot concrete. I made the outline of the Dallas Skyline and the kids painted it in with the freshly made chalk paint and sponge brushes. The kids lasted about 30 minutes (which is 20 minutes longer than I thought) and I continued on. After while in the sun, I decided that to leave some of the buildings empty was artistically pleasing. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact I was drenched from had to toe and ready to call it a day. It was an artistic choice :)
We were ready to pose for the photoshoot! All I needed to do was position the ladder in the alleyway in order to get to a perspective where the driveway was flat. I never was able to find this position, but it was close enough!
Posing the children was the most enjoyable part of the whole event. The kids loved coming up with silly poses and trying them out. However, we had to wait until 5:00 to get the shots as the concrete was so hot! Which gave us only 30 minutes before dad arrived. We quickly added stars and a moon to create the look of night and took photos in 30 second bursts! Oh the joys of a Texas summer. Hot enough to fry an egg! In the end, with a little photo editing to darken the photos and some text from a beloved book, we had a magical gift to give a wonderful father.