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|the| Ladybug Birthday Outfit

The first week of the Refashion Month series is done. I am so glad about the great feedback I've been getting AND there's more to come! So much more, and I am pretty sure you'll want to stay around to check them all. 

But, today I am giving you a break from refashioned items, for this:

It was my daughter's second birthday on June 29, and I made her a ladybug inspired outfit, to match the birthday party theme (wanna see some pictures from all the rest? Click here). Back here, I shared a little from this project but kept you waiting for the final reveal for a little longer than I thought I would. It was a time consuming project but don't you just love how it turned out to be? Didn't she look the cutest of 'em all in it?

Let's talk about it though. I shall start with the peplum top/tunic. I've been wanting to sew a peplum for far too long, but never did until now. I used  Jess' Spring Fever Dress Pattern with some changes: the sleeves, I have enlarged the original and used two sleeve pieces at each side and gave it a heart shape hole in the back.  I mostly used the pattern for sizing. I used the 2T again but it turned out to be a little too large on the front. All the rest was just fine. I've chosen a medium light woven polka dot fabric for it, and lined with a light red one (left overs from the drawstring disney bags).  

I had those black ladybug buttons on my stash that were just perfect for the project. I did have some a bit more realistic ladybug buttons but they wouldn't contrast at all with the red fabric, so I am glad I had these too. As I said they turned out to be the perfect ones for this. 

Then, the other piece of the outfit was the shorts. My latest piece of art! *insert modesty here, please!

I used my own pattern for these. The shorts pattern I drafted for the Have a Nice Day outfit and also used in the Blue Romper I've made (and I realised I used the same patterns -top & shorts- together for the second time and did create two completely different looks!). For fabric, I used left overs of the black fabric that had been bought for an order I had last month).

In the sneek peek post I told you that I used Marta's tutorial for the pleats. Well, I did it on each side of my shorts, the second one was way faster; once you get in the rythm it becomes easier. I used the red thread to match the top piece and also because it gives a nice contrast even if she wears it separatedly from the top. Then I only had to add cuffs to the pants to shape it differently and give it a kind of bubble look, and to finish off, I've add an elastic waistband. 

The heart on the back was something I wanted to try for a while too and I finally did. I followed no pattern or tutorial for this, so I am pretty satisfied. Oh and just look at those cute sandals her cousin gave her as her birthday gift? Don't they just look so cute? I love it! And they go with everything!

I just love it that I was able to create a look that looks sofisticated and at the same time is very comfortable. She can play around and still look the cutest thing on earth! ok, enough mamma!!!


  1. Just adorable, Magda!!! The polka dot fabric, the peplum, the heart and the cute little shorts all make for a great looking outfit.

  2. Oh my goodness!!!! I love it! Why God, did you not give me a little girl to make clothes for! lol. I especially like the heart cut out in the back and I absolutely love lady bugs! wonderful job!

  3. I'm with Nelesc on that one (but I wouldn't trade my boys). At first the heart was my favorite, then I saw the pleats on the shorts. Simply A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! Great job!

  4. Seriously cute!
    I love the side-smocked shorts! (uma verdadeira obra de arte!)

  5. I just found your blog, Love that your doing a refashion month; it has sparked the fire in me to start refashioning again. And I just adore this lady bug outfit; if only I had a girl : )

    New follower
    Sisters, Sisters

    1. Hello! Thanks for following, I hope you'll enjoy all of the other refashions to come.

    2. oh, and be sure to share some refashions in our flickr group if you do any!

  6. Que giro ver as pregas usadas de outra forma!
    Os calções ficaram fantástcios! E a blusa está tão gira...

    1. Obrigado Marta! Fico feliz por teres gostado, afinal a inspiração e o tutorial partiram de ti.

  7. Hi, Magda! I love this outfit! So cute! I've been eyeing on Marta's pleat tutorial, but never thought of applying onto shorts! So clever!
    I also looove refashion, so I will definitely join Refashion Month via Flickr!

    1. Hello Shino, Thank you! I'm so happy that the pleats turned out to be great in the shorts... it made them certainly unique!
      It's great to know you'll be joining us on Flickr! =)

  8. Awesome post!
    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday!
    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  9. I love this outfit and the tucking at the sides is such a great detail. I also how you made the dress pattern into a peplum tunic. I don't know that you could have made a sweeter birthday outfit.
    With Love,

  10. I love this outfit! The heart opening in the back is almost painfully cute. The smocking you've done on the shorts is awesome and so cute too. What an adorable take on ladybugs. :)

  11. This set is just perfect! Love the peplum tunic and very innovative how You have used the pleating idea in the shorts.


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