These brother-sister outfits are truly modern projects for old fashioned Nanas. They are quick, easy, wash-and-wear and contemporary. Yet, the classic styles and candy cane theme are as old fashioned as can be.
Our Christmas tree decorations have always included a dozen celophane wrapped candy canes. When little guests visit, they are invited to pick one from the tree.
Last year, when Robert and Laurel were 3 and 4 years old, and their visits were blessedly frequent, I knew we needed more. For them, it seems that here is just something irresistibly delicious about a candy cane that actually hung on a tree. Their Christmas outfits reflected their holiday appetite for the striped sugar classic.
For Robert, I used my default pattern, the Jon-Jon from Martha Pullen’s Martha’s Favorite Applique’s book. Laurel loves to twirl so I chose the swing dress, Lydia, from Bonnie Blue Designs.
Baby cord or pinfeather cord, as it used to be called, is one of my favorite fabrics. It has enough body to serve as bottom weight and yet is not too heavy for a shirt.
Red baby cord was used on both outfits, which were lined with red gingham seersucker.
The embroidery designs are from Bernina’s #830 Christmas Cheer. This is an adorable collection with some very unique Christmas designs.
After deciding to use the designs with candy cane hoops, I thought that the they needed a path. So red bias twill was applique’d in an uphill/downhill path and embroidered a few more designs.
Robert and Laurel have decorated their Christmas tree this year. Among the decorations are rainbow striped candy canes. It just looks all wrong to me. I guess that’s what comes from being an old fashioned Nana.