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Monday, September 16, 2013

And a bok-bok here and a bok-bok there - here a bok - there a BOOK (A Giveaway!)

Today's outfit is brought to you by animals. Why? Well, first of all, baby girl has always wanted to be a vet. She loves animals and has a huge, soft heart when it comes to them. We actually have 7 animals currently, all rescues. We have 2 dogs, a Papillon named Lucie and a Lab/Shepherd mix that was going to be put down that day at Animal Control if not rescued, her name is Cassie. We have 5 cats - a 15 year old tuxedo cat in renal failure who isn't doing well (Lunar), a solid white cat with a blue eye and a green eye (Lilly), a grey cat (Posey), and the two parasite infected kittens that live in quarantine in our bathroom - an orange striped tabby named Tommy and a blue point siamese mix named Simon. So, animals are a big part of our lives.

What other animal inspiration do we have today? Well, apparently, one of her friends introduced her to this INSANELY catchy diddy. At first when they played it, I stared goggle eyed at it shaking my head like what in the world is this?? And then, unfortunately, it stuck in my head. *WARNING* Do not listen unless you want to hear this ALL day. Just saying, you've been warned

So, that brings us to today's outfit. Today we are featuring the Daphne Wrap Dress and Top from the super de dupity talented Lindsay Wilkes, or better known as The Cottage Mama.

If you have read children's clothing blogs at all, ever, you have probably come across Lindsay's blog, The Cottage Mama Lindsay is probably the best person I have ever met with mixing fabrics. She has such a natural eye for what will compliment each other. I have made several other patterns designed by Lindsay 

Miss Matilda

The Ruby Ruffle Dress

I have actually had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay and taking classes from her at the School of Art Fashion in Huntsville, AL. If you ever have the chance to take one of her classes, don't miss it. She is an excellent teacher. And as you can see, her patterns are still classic designs that the bigger girls can wear and love.

Now to today's dress - Did someone say winner, winner CHICKEN dinner??

We went straight to the "source" of our fabric and hit the farm and had a grand old time with some real life chickens.

Here we found one of the sweet farm dogs!

Thanks to the Colberg family for sharing their chickens and farm with us for the pictures! We had a blast! Could this dress be any cuter? For school today, she layered it with a black top under it to accommodate the dress code but her friends LOVED the fabric and the dress. This dress is actually only a size 10, but it fits my sz 12 gal great. That's why you need to always check your size charts. Not every designer uses the same blocks. This dress has several options in the pattern such as a kangaroo pocket and a plain front. It is even great for you monogram lovers out there.

Also, if you love these patterns, Lindsay has an AMAZING book coming out on October 7th (the day before my bday!!). I saw some of the patterns sewn up in real life in July and they are gorgeous. Very classic pieces that you will get tons of wear out of. The patterns are all on a cd in the back of the book and her pictures are amazing. The book is called Sew Classic Clothes for Girls.

You can pre-order the book here OR
One lucky blog reader is going to WIN a copy that will be sent directly to her once the book is released Oct 7th. Amazing, right?? This winner is going to be SO lucky. Oh, I have my book ordered and coming! And the winner's copy will be autographed by Lindsay herself! Squeal!!  You better get to entering this contest!

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Winner will be announced Monday 9/23/13 with next week's first outfit!! Enter, enter, enter!

Till tomorrow,


  1. Hahaha! Love the Fox song! My 6YO started giggling when the fox started to scat!

  2. You are the sweetest, Christie! And thank you for featuring me. That chicken dress is so cute on her. I hope she loves it. And Ben has done it again with his fantastic photography. You guys make a great team :)

  3. love it and can't wait for the book to come out. super cute chicken dress and glad you said about it fitting bigger. My 8 year old grand daughter is an amazon height wise and is hard to fit. this will be nice! Great blog!

  4. Thank you all for stopping by! We always have a hoot on our photo shoots. Lindsay, your book is going to be a massive success and I am SO proud of you. I am happy that I will be able to say I knew you when once you get to big a huge sewing star. Our local quilt shop had the Janey Jumper in and a sample sewn up. I was so excited to see them carrying it!

    kcro62 - keep following, most of the patterns I am featuring start at an 8. My daughter is average height for a 10 yr old but has a rounder tummy. I am always happy to share amazing patterns for the older girls!

    And did I not warn you guys about the fox song...I mean come on. What does a fox say?