As you may have seen in a previous post, at the end of last month, I hosted “An Indoor Picnic in the Hundred Acre Wood” for my daughter’s second birthday. It all started when I saw the physical likeness between my daughter and Christopher Robin in the original E.H. Shepard sketches. Using her name as a play on words, she became “Clara Bee Robin” and her two month old brother, Winnie the “Paul.” Naturally, I had to make clothing that fit the bill. Two vintage-style Winnie the Pooh outfits coming up!
Clara’s “Christopher Robin” outfit was made from a combination of two Oliver + S patterns. The dress was a combination of the 2+2 pattern top and the Puppet Show tunic. The shirt is a simple 100% cotton club fabric. I purchased the Puppet Show tunic as a digital pattern.
Sidenote: This is my first experience purchasing a digital pattern, and I really like it. I was dubious about it, but the more I thought about it, now I don’t have to store large sheets of funkily folded paper in my sewing area. I just print out the pages I need as I need them. Also, when I have a sewing necessity at midnight, I can download my pattern immediately – no driving required.
I did want to feminize Christopher Robin’s clothes a bit, so I lengthened the shirt into a dress.
Maybe a bit too long, actually. This is one of the few pictures where you can see the shorts too!
There were a number of sewing firsts for me: the peter pan collar and the fabric-covered buttons to name a few. All the buttons I had in my button tin looked yellow on that crisp white shirt – I had to go with the fabric-covered buttons so they’d match!
I had fun adding the little tatting details around the wrist and at the neckline.
Although I usually feel like hand sewing can be painfully slow, I really delighted in hand-stitching the hem and button plackets. It was almost therapeutic.
The shorts are the Puppet Show Shorts. They are so cute and remind me of the slide shorts that I made last summer. The fabric is vintage fabric I bought off Etsy. I love the wide plaid. I thought it had a wintery weight to it, appropriate for January shorts (if it’s ever appropriate to have January shorts).
I even matched the plaids! (Another first for me!)
“Clara Bee Robin” was a hit, and to make it even better, she had a great time too.
Happy Birthday, my sweet Clara Bee!
If you want to see the party details, you can click here.
If you want to find out more about Winnie the Paul’s duds, you can click here.
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