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Downtown Holiday Jacket and Pants

Added Aug 18, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






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I love the way Lily looked in these little pieces. I sewed this wayyyy back in November of ’08 for my then four year old daughter, now six year old daughter, Lily and it was one of my favorite pieces of the year. The temperatures were averaging in the mid-30s with steady winds at 20mph, I considered myself lucky on this relatively mild photo shoot. Winds would have ruined the balloons and Lily has no tolerance for the cold.

I thought the jacket was so adorable I almost want to include it in the store so I can have one for myself.

It is made of warm red wool with a blue pinstripe lining that can be seen on the inside of the detachable hood which buttons on the back. I made the sleeves 3/4 length and cropped the top as well. The boatneck collar is tall and wide leaving lots of room for a nice warm scarf and the bottom half of the jacket is gathered. But my favorite part is the side button enclosure rather than the tradition front opening.

The pants are made from a dark washed denim. I added white buttons on a slant on either side giving it a 60s ‘sailor’ feel and cut the pants wider at the bottom adding to the retro look. I added elastic to the back of the waist so it can fit a wider range of ages. The black striped shirt is mine:) I bought it at Forever 21.

Lily was a perfect model for this photo shoot considering the cooler weather. I think the ten balloons has something to do with it. She loved pulling on the strings and watching the balloons bounce up and down. When we bought them at Party City she begged me to buy the SpongeBob mylar balloon when all of a sudden the cashier handed us our candy striped helium bouquet, Lily forgot all about her googly eyed, mustard colored mascot….to my relieved surprise.

In the end I considered trying to get a shot of Lily releasing the balloons. Ultimately, I chickened out. Aside from the ensuing tears and regret I feared a fine. Surely there are laws against wayward balloons in the city. I considered letting Lily take the fall if we got ‘made’. It’s almost all but certain that a 4-year-old would ‘accidentally’ let go of a balloon bundle. Right?




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Preppy
Denim, Wool

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    Jan 21, 2012, 02.37 PMby catkath

    I love your girl’s outfit. Would love to make like this outfit for my daughter. Your pictures are well done professional. How clever of you to “recycle” your stripe shirt. I’ve done that with my Forever 21 shirt for my daughter’s Raggady Anne’s costume a few years ago.

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    Sep 1, 2010, 09.20 PMby kleinfee

    So wonderful!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 07.17 PMby ink

    I don’t know if you could make her cuter. This is unbelievable! One of the cutest little smoopie’s I have ever seen! Edible.

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    Aug 23, 2010, 04.11 AMby pitocia

    The model,the picture and the clothes are really great !!!! Love idea with the balloons ;-) Really inspiring!

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    Aug 23, 2010, 03.26 AMby marloncosta


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    Aug 22, 2010, 08.18 PMby scissorhappys2

    This is just so adorable, I can’t stand it! Nice photography :)

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    Aug 21, 2010, 08.09 AMby Kristel Jo Bishop

    Very sweet

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    Aug 21, 2010, 06.51 AMby holasoylulu

    amazing! she looks soo cute! i´d loveto make one formyself!

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    Aug 20, 2010, 05.08 PMby suribabe

    I really love your work.. This is so fab ans she is so cute.. I might make the outfit for my daughter too. Thanx for sharing.

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    Aug 20, 2010, 08.32 AMby olystyrene

    What a beautiful little outfit!

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    Aug 20, 2010, 02.29 AMby cantare

    This is TOO cute, I wish I had a daughter to dress! You are a very talented photographer as well.

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    Aug 19, 2010, 04.03 PMby lizah

    that’s so cute!! both the clothes and the kid. And the pictures are lovely!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 11.27 PMby Nessa *

    Cute, cute cute! The jacket and pants are adorable, and Lily is a star!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 10.29 PMby bola

    I really love this jacket and the jeans are very cute too!bx

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    Aug 18, 2010, 05.33 PMby Lucha Suarez

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 05.12 PMby badkitty-1

    Very cute and very stylish x

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    Aug 18, 2010, 05.06 PMby skyturtle

    That jacket is beautiful! Love her smile, she looks like a manga girl :>

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    Aug 18, 2010, 04.58 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    she looks adorable. her smile always make me laugh!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 04.28 PMby bopippdo

    I love it, so pretty and cute!! …:D

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    Aug 18, 2010, 02.49 PMby claudinka

    Allover fantastic jacket! I love the colour, the buttons, the collar, the hood!!! I also wish to have one like that for me ;-) And the pictures are lovely – like postcards. The colours of the buildings, the balloons and the jacket just fit perfectly together!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 02.18 PMby reneebeth

    Really sweet all around! The buttons off to the side on both the jacket and the pants are a nice touch, as is the wide neckline.

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    Aug 18, 2010, 01.50 PMby pink-cornelia

    she looks so cute and stylish, love the whole picture with the ballons. I would love to have a coat like that for myself.

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