When I was asked to join the blog hop for one of my favorite Riley Blake designers, Tasha Noel, I was so excited. Her new fabric line, Pixie Noel, has such a sweet charm and celebrates one of my very favorite holidays--Christmas! I have always wanted to do a Christmas in July project and now I had the perfect opportunity.
When picking out a pattern for Brenna's dress I decided to use the Matilda dress by Violette Field Threads. In Texas you never know if it is going to be cold or hot during the Christmas season, so I always sew dresses that can be layered, and this pattern looks great with a cozy long sleeve top underneath. Instead of doing the standard skirt I wanted to add tiers to make a fuller skirt. I choose Pixie Snow in Red for the bodice, and then I paired Pixie Floral in Aqua, Pixie Stripe in Red, and Pixie Main in White for the tiered skirt. I wanted the sweet designs on the Pixie Main in White print to stand out, especially those carolers and the ice skater, so when I was doing my math for the tiers I decided to make the middle tier wider. I love the result, and as a bonus I already have one dress ready for the Christmas holidays!
My next project was for my little guy, Brady. I made him a bow tie using my favorite tie pattern from Create Kids Couture, the Emmett's tie set. I used Pixie Snow in Red for the tie. This print is not your typical polka dot. I love how it was designed; it really looks like snow falling.
As I was brainstorming ideas for the photoshoot, I decided I would turn it into a little mini 'Christmas in July' party for my kiddos. If they are taking pictures and wearing cute outfits I might as well make it a lot of fun too, right!
When I told the kids my idea, Brenna said she wanted hot chocolate and cookies. However, it is a hundred degrees and we are doing an outdoor shoot, so I decided some FROZEN hot chocolate would be perfect. It was a huge hit, and helped cool us down out there in the heat. (You can make your own Chill Out Frozen Hot Chocolate--recipe here.)
For the cookies I found some great ideas on Pinterest, but my favorite were these melting snowman cookies. How cute are these! Poor little guys had no chance in the Texas heat! Our cookies might not be as perfect as the Pinterest inspiration, but we seriously had so much fun making these before the shoot; it was a perfect summer activity. Recipe here.
This blog post has actually inspired me, and next year I decided I need to plan a Christmas in July party. I found so many cute ideas for entertainment and now I have a whole year to come up with some fun sewing projects. Blog post coming 2017--hehe ;)
Thank you for taking a moment to take a peek into our Pixie Noel photoshoot. I have been following @rileyblakedesigns on IG checking out all the other stops along the blog tour and I am loving the projects! Be sure to stop by and check them out.