by Joanne Gilbert of Drawn to Letters
Hello! I’m thrilled that Jessika invited me to share my illustrations and kick off the holiday season with a topic dear to my heart: kids, fashion and handmade designs!
As the holiday season approaches, we know it is all about the gift of love, and the memories you’ll be making, but who doesn’t love a beautifully wrapped gift? That includes wrapping your little ones in fashions that will provide comfort, and fun memories, long after the turkey and tree are gone.
Of course fashion, like kids, is one part function and one part expression! So I chose 3 C’s as my guide to find you wonderful holiday options. I wanted comfort, classic quality (lasting hand me down style) and charisma, the special oomph factor that frames a child’s spirit.
Outfit 1: Lollipop Christmas Set from Tom & Molly
Of course handmade clothing has all three and it was nearly impossible to narrow my choices! So I mixed up designer clothing from all over North America, France/Peru, and Australia to create five good girls and boys, wrapped in styles that cover all kinds of climate, gatherings, and moods to remember.
I found high quality jersey with trimmings, durable classic linen, and upcycled vintage fabrics, as well as soft alpaca knits- all with a fun factor. Come on! Fuzzy chenille pantaloons and a plaid swing coat?
A faux tie is formal, fun, and handsome at any age. I stopped short of the huggable black velvets and silk taffeta temptations, due to the 3 C’s, but they are out there in handmade heaven too!
I love how these designers fit the holiday. Pun intended! Did I mention custom fit for short or leggy kids like mine? Yes!! Now you know why I was inspired to freeze the handmade cuteness in watercolor for your own holiday shopping inspiration. Kids wrapped in handmade designs will just make your holiday better. Can you feel the love?
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