November 24, 2016

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Forever 18 Inches Pattern Hack: Santa's Helper Outfit

 

Make a fun holiday outfit with this delightful pattern hack that comes to us from Karen of Forever 18 Inches!

Giveaway Update:  Our winner is Jeannette who said "My favorite Christmas tradition, How can you pick one, I love everything about christmas, from baking cookies to wrapping beautiful presents, family, church, decorations and snow on Christmas Eve. if we’re lucky. It truly is the Most Wonderful time of the Year." Thanks to all who entered!  We loved reading through all the comments!

                                 

Get into the holiday spirit as Karen teaches us how to use her Curving Cardigan pattern and Versatility Dress pattern to create a charming holiday outfit that is sure to spread a little Christmas joy to all who see it! Complete the outfit with the hat from the Doll Tag Clothing Santa pattern!

(Click on the image or the link above to find the patterns on Pixie Faire.)

Let's get started..

Supplies Needed:
-1/4 yd. Medium-weight one-way stretch stable knit fabric (no more than 30% stretch)
- 1/2 yd. lightweight fleece with a one-way stretch
- Matching thread
-Small, very sharp scissors
- ¼" Stay Tape (1/2" wide tape can be cut lengthwise) OR ¼" strips of very lightweight interfacing
- Snaps or Velcro to close the back of the dress
- A pom pom about the size of a nickel
- 1/3 yd. 3/8" black ribbon for a belt
- One decorative slide with a 3/8" opening to use as a belt buckle
- 1" of Hook-and-Loop to close the belt
- Fabri-Tac or other glue to apply the Hook-and-Loop to the belt

To begin: Make the cardigan and hat in the contrasting knit and fleece fabrics according to the pattern directions.

Instructions:

1. Cut a rectangle from the knit fabric measuring 5.75" x 30.5", as directed in the Option 3 layout for the Versatility Dress. Next, cut a rectangle from the fleece fabric measuring 2.5" x 31". Make sure the stretch is cut with the long side of the rectangle.



2. Pin one long edge of the fleece to one long edge of the knit, RIGHT sides together. Allow about ½" of the fleece to overlap each side of the knit. Stitch, using a ½" wide seam.


3. Using small, sharp scissors, trim off half of the seam allowance on the fleece only.

4. WRAP the fleece over the edge of the knit and pin it in place.
Here's a view from the WRONG side….

…and a view from the RIGHT side.


5. Working from the RIGHT side, stitch a scant 1/8" above the fleece/knit seam onto the knit (with thread that matches the fabric). Trim the short edges of the fleece to the same length as the short edges of the knit Skirt.


6. Working from the WRONG side, trim away the excess fleece very close to the stitching line. (No worries; the fleece won't ravel) Congratulations! You've finished the edge of the skirt for the dress. Proceed to the Option 3 instructions for the Versatility Dress and sew as directed (except for the hem, which you've already already sewn).

7. To make the belt: Pull the slide onto the ribbon and center it. Try the dress on your doll, and fit the belt over the dress to determine the length you need. Fold the edges of the ribbon over to the WRONG side and glue them with Fabri-Tac; then glue corresponding ½" pieces of Hook-and-Loop onto the belt ends.


CONGRATULATIONS! Your outfit is finished!

  

 

Giveaway Time!

How would you like to win this festive outfit?  Karen will be sending it to one lucky winner! 

To enter, leave a comment below finishing this sentence:
"One of my favorite Christmas traditions is..."

We'll pick a winner on Monday, November 28th, and get in touch via email.  Thanks for entering and good luck!

For Pixie Faire,

Karen & The PF Team


100 Comments

Cheryl
Cheryl

November 29, 2016

When my children were little and at home we always had picture ornaments on our tree. The kids loved looking for their picture on the tree. Now the grandchildren are the ones looking for their pix right along with the grownups..

Bethany
Bethany

November 29, 2016

One of my favorite christmas traditions is caroling. It’s fun to run around singing christmas songs for unsuspecting people. It always makes them smile!

Kris
Kris

November 29, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is going to midnight mass with my family after opening our presents.

Betty Key
Betty Key

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is kissing my sweetheart under the mistletoe. He is not really romantic with his words, but he saved the very first mistletoe that we kissed under at his apartment and moved it 600 miles to be with me. It hangs in our study ready for action at a moment’s notice!

Linda
Linda

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is secretly hanging a pickle ornament on our Christmas tree. Whoever is first to find it the next morning will receive a special “extra” gift. Everyone, no matter what age, is always eager to be the lucky one to spot it first!

Jane Kizer
Jane Kizer

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite traditions is making matching dresses for my three daughters.

Connie
Connie

November 28, 2016

My favorite Christmas tradition is the several family gatherings for cookie baking and preparing for Christmas.

Brionna
Brionna

November 28, 2016

My favorite Christmas tradition is that we open all our family presents on Christmas Eve. Then we sit back and watch the kids exhaust themselves playing with them while the adults drink tea and chat.

Linda Torrance
Linda Torrance

November 28, 2016

My favorite Christmas is having a Scottish
Tea before midnight mass on Christmas Eve
then waking up and opening our handknitted
stockings before the Christmas morning service.

Caro K
Caro K

November 28, 2016

Even though I truly believe in Christmas , Bah humbug! Is my favorite saying! Love the lights and the joy of children. Love making and lighting luminaries…even the clean up!

Thank you… Carol K

LILLIAN YOUNG
LILLIAN YOUNG

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions started when I was 8 years old. My Mother Knit Christmas Stockings for me and my one year old nephew. Since that time all the Grandkids and Great Grandkids got a hand knit stocking with their name and date of birth and a secquined Christman tree on them. When my mother was no longer able to do them aanymore. I took up the duty of making them. So far I believe I have done at least 20.

Mary
Mary

November 28, 2016

We have so many traditions, I just love Christmas, my favorite time of the year.

Betty Allen
Betty Allen

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is of recent origin. My granddaughter – are 9 – and I decorate a gingerbread house each year. I let Mrs. Wilton bake the house and then she does the fun part, putting on all the candies that we have collected just for this project . Elf-on-grandma’s-shelf has become a tradition as well. Each day I take pictures of Albert’s antics, write a narrative about them and email it to her. Love, love, love doing this

Darlene
Darlene

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is giving pajamas to the kids on Christmas Eve. Their only gift they open! On Christmas morning they look so nice in their new PJ’s for pictures!

Stephanie Jones
Stephanie Jones

November 28, 2016

My favorite Christmas tradition is baking many different kinds of cookies and then delivering them to friends, family and neighborhood shut-ins.

Nancy G
Nancy G

November 28, 2016

My favorite traditions is making pumpkin bread that has been handed down many generations yummy it’s the best ever my kids and grandkids love the the tradition that we hand down

Glenda Morrow
Glenda Morrow

November 28, 2016

Sewing for my granddaughters!

Tinker
Tinker

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is taking the grandkids to shop for gifts for Toys for Tots. That way they learn that giving is just as much fun as receiving. Then we go home and bake and decorate Christmas cookies.

Kay Cicalese
Kay Cicalese

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the Advent calendar we hang on the front door. When the kids were very little we put little candies in the pockets, so every day they’d get a treat. Their Dad thought that this was not a very good idea, so we started putting coins in the pockets. Then both of our children would say a prayer each day, and then pull out a coin. By the time December 25th came around they had quite a little savings going! We’d always put in dollar bills, or 5-dollar bills on the 25th as they got older. We still hang the Advent calendar every year, and now that our daughter is married and has a new house of her own, we sent her an advent calendar so she and her husband could carry on the tradition!

Maureen T
Maureen T

November 28, 2016

My favorite tradition is opeing one gift on Christmas Eve. Of course baking is a close second

Cindy
Cindy

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite traditions is baking and decorating gingerbread men and sugar cut out cookies.

Kathy
Kathy

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is when my husband plays Santa Claus to our 3 grandchildren in Nashville. They still have no clue it is Grandpa! Even their friends don’t believe them when they tell them Santa stopped at their house. This year we are taking a picture so they can each take it to their classroom!

Darlene Harper
Darlene Harper

November 28, 2016

My favorite Christmas tradition is to cook the foods that my mother and mother in law showed me. Keeping these traditions alive for future generations. I pray my grandchildren keep them up too.

Nora
Nora

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is giving my young grandchildren their “12 Days of Christmas” gifts, which they open one by one in the 12 days preceding Christmas.

Ruth
Ruth

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making Christmas cookies.

Nicole Phillips
Nicole Phillips

November 28, 2016

What a pretty outfit!

Judy Klevgaard
Judy Klevgaard

November 28, 2016

Our tradition was to open gifts on Christmas morning,until one of mysiblings became so excited that he became physically ill just waiting and not able to sleep. My parents thought that changing the tradition was better than having sick kids so when I was still pretty young. we opened our gifts on Christmas eve. It was a wonderful time to remember.

Eva G
Eva G

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is listening to Christmas music all month long!

Lydia P
Lydia P

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is sleeping in on Christmas morning and going downstairs to see the presents together with my whole family, and spending the whole day together.

Belinda
Belinda

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is listening to holiday music.

Sandra
Sandra

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking cookies with my kids.

Annlee
Annlee

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is having dinner with my nine brother and sister and all their family. We rent a hall because there is so many of us.

Renee
Renee

November 28, 2016

I just love this outfit so festive. I know I could make this for my doll, but I find it also nice to have someone else do the work sometimes. My favorite tradition is the Christmas Eve dinner and reading of the story of Christ birth. They I have out home made PJ’s to the grand children. Love seeing their faces each year as they see the different designs I do for them.

Della
Della

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is being together as a family. Doesn’t happen very often as they are in another state. Hoping that we can get together very soon. I also love making these clothes for the granddaughter.

Cherrie Hays
Cherrie Hays

November 28, 2016

“ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IS…” Going to see my Mother-in-law, she is the world greatest cook. I love spending time with her. I love to hear her stories. She also makes great doll clothes.

Judy McPherson
Judy McPherson

November 28, 2016

My favorite tradition is making Christmas cookies for friends and family.

MamaSewing
MamaSewing

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions-it’s so hard to pick just one! I think that atending a Christmas church service, usually on Christmas Eve with my family is my most favorite as the true reason for the season is Christ!

Kimberly
Kimberly

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making home home Christmas presents for the family with the kids to teach them Christmas isn’t about money, it’s about caring and effort.

Lea Ann
Lea Ann

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions when the kids were little was to make Santa footprints with baking sode thoughout the house on Christmas Eve night. Not only do the kids (who are grown now) still talk about it, but my husband and I have great memories of laughing so hard while we were making them and trying not to wake the kids up!!

Katherine Palmer
Katherine Palmer

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is that every year we will make this amazing lasagna and eat it off of our special Christmas plates that have been in our family for years. Then we sit around the table and talk about the holidays.

Lois
Lois

November 28, 2016

One of favorite Christmas Traditions is decorating the tree with my children and now grandchildren. Each ornament has a special story and it is so fun to tell them the stories. One family gets me a new ornament each year and they like to tell the story of their ornaments. So much fun to be with family.

Sue
Sue

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is decorating the tree with the help of my grandkids, we sing carols and have hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Rhonda
Rhonda

November 28, 2016

My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies and sweets for family and friends. I so love Christmas – the birth of our savior. This little outfit is so cute. Would love to win – no time to sew. Free time now is for baking!

Amruta
Amruta

November 28, 2016

One of my Christmas tradition is giving gifts

Sharon Stringer
Sharon Stringer

November 28, 2016

What an adorable outfit. Love to see the versatility of a pattern turning into something else. Great hack! My favorite Christmas tradition is attending the children’s pageants and programs at church and school.

Meg
Meg

November 28, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to take our grandkids out to see the see the holiday lights. What a blessing!

Barbara Palmer
Barbara Palmer

November 27, 2016

My favorite tradition is the gathering of my family and friends for our Christmas dinner. Such a wonderful site to see for me.

Sophie T
Sophie T

November 27, 2016

I love this super cute outfit!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is trimming the tree!

Holly
Holly

November 27, 2016

So cute, love this!

Marty
Marty

November 27, 2016

LOVE The Versatility Dress also!

Thresea Wright
Thresea Wright

November 27, 2016

At Thanksgiving, I give my children and grandchildren a sum of money (a different amount each year). Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they find some worthy place to give this money. When we gather at Christmas, they reveal how they gifted this money.

Diane
Diane

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making gingerbread houses or another Christmas craft with my kids and the cousins if we are together (they live in other states).

Detra Braymen
Detra Braymen

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite traditions at Christmas time is singing Christmas songs and Christmas caroling!

NORMA PARKS
NORMA PARKS

November 27, 2016

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION IS GIVING THE UNFORUNATE CHILDREN A GOOD CHRISTMAS

Jacqueline Gould
Jacqueline Gould

November 27, 2016

I live 3000 miles away from home so my tradition is to return, visit with all friends, spend the day with each of my nephews and their families and spending Christmas Day with my family. And I get to spend a lot of time with my good friend who hosts me every year!

Patricia
Patricia

November 27, 2016

I love Christmas , it’s my favorite time of the year, love the decorations, the tree and make sure all my dolls have new Christmas outfits. It’s all about family and traditions .

Barbara J
Barbara J

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas tradition is to go to community Christmas concerts.

Norma
Norma

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the passing out of the gifts. This is always done by the youngest family member, helped by the eldest family member (if needed).

Christine
Christine

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is bringing up the ornaments to decorate the tree and remembering when, where, and how we acquired them; so many memories!

Ginger
Ginger

November 27, 2016

One of our family traditions started years ago with my mother having all of us gather at her house and do our Christmas Sweets cooking. I have continued doing this with my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We also include our nieces and nephews. I do all the baked ones beforehand. I love it when we get to the chocolate dipping. Then we make up our boxes to pass out to friends and neighbors. Of course we all do get one of our own.

Kathy
Kathy

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite family traditions was getting together with the females young and old of the family and baking up delicious cookies and treats while we caught up on all the family news.

Fran
Fran

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is having our entire family over for our family party, complete with a personal visit from Santa Claus! The first time we started this tradition is when we invited Santa to come to our daughter’s wedding reception. We have a photo of the bride and groom on Santa’s lap at their reception. Now they have an 18 year old boy, our grandson, who along with all his cousins still enjoys the yearly visit of Santa at our family Christmas party!

Danielle
Danielle

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to have flannel pancakes that come from a cookbook my Grandma bought her mother back in 1940! It is a staple every Christmas to make these, not sure where the name came from but we all took sections of the recipe to complete it. Whipping the egg whites or sifting the flour just having the whole family in the kitchen with all the noise is something I still remember.

Linda Godlewski
Linda Godlewski

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making something for all of my grandchildren. They really seem to like the gifts that I have made and know that I made them especially for them.. Everybody wins!!!!

Patricia Bridges
Patricia Bridges

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions was with all my 7 brothers and sisters and their chi!dren getting together at our parents home on Christmas eve.

Janet
Janet

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions was doing the baking for my whole family. Unfortunately I can’t do it any more because of illness, but my husband has taken up the task for me. Now everyone gets grandmas baking only now it grarmpas too.

Keri Frandsen
Keri Frandsen

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to think of fun and exciting elf on the shelf ideas!

Ben wright
Ben wright

November 27, 2016

One of my favoute Christmas traditions is to open my stocking on my parents bed and see the look on my parents face when they look at me and my brothets face in the morning when we open our pressnts.

Suzan
Suzan

November 27, 2016

One of our favourite things to do to prepare for Christmas is to bake and decorate sugar cookies that we love to share. Hmmm

Jo Lyman
Jo Lyman

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is arranging the ceramic houses, I painted years ago, into a Christmas village with “cotton” snow and glowing lights.

Wendy Stanton
Wendy Stanton

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making homemade cookies from my mothers recipes.

Debra Williams
Debra Williams

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is two see the look on my 4 granddaughters faces when they open there gifts that I made. I make them the kits to make there own doll clothes. Thanks to Pixie Faire for all the great patterns they have so much fun making there own clothes its a gift that that never ends.

Helene
Helene

November 27, 2016

ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IS making supper for my family and after playing games.

Debbie
Debbie

November 27, 2016

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is putting up the tree with the kids. It used to be my kids – now it is the grandchildren.

Melissa Hinkle
Melissa Hinkle

November 27, 2016

Putting my old red flocked mouse on the grandfathers clock. It’s not the holidays without him. He’s lost most of his flock and looks a little threadbare but it’s not the same without him.

Shirley
Shirley

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is going to our church’s Christmas Eve service and singing favorite Christmas hymns.

Linda Vetter
Linda Vetter

November 27, 2016

My favorite Christmas tradition was going to church with mom and dad on Christmas Eve. Afterwards we would go to their house for a glass of “cheer” and reminisce all the things that had happened that year,

Leola Deering
Leola Deering

November 27, 2016

My favorite thing at Christmas is having all of my Family at home for Christmas nite to have supper and open gifts. The young cousins draw names. The adults have a Yankie swap with a price limit. The family has grown so we had to put a spending limit.

Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith

November 27, 2016

ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IS…getting out all my holiday doll displays and toys.

Marsha
Marsha

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions has always been making cookies and a gingerbread house with my Son (an only child). This year that tradition will restart after his being away in the Marines for 6 years. Best part is we will be joined this year by his lovely wife and my two year old granddaughter. I am truly Blessed.

Linda
Linda

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is going to a son’s house on Christmas morning to watch my four grandkids open what ‘Santa’ brought them.

Winter
Winter

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions involves a tiny, red clad elf that belonged to my mum. As we’re unpacking the holiday decorations, whoever finds the tiny elf hides her. The person who finds her, hides her again. We play elf hide-and-seek throughout the holiday season. Always makes me happy to find mum’s little elf peaking out from a bookshelf or hanging from the chandelier. :) (for anyone interested in playing the game, here are the rules. Elf must be hidden in plain sight, never completely hidden. Elf needs to be hidden in common rooms of the house, no bedroom hiding. She can’t be hidden in the tree. When you find her, you tell everyone where she was found and have 12 hours to find a new hiding place. I hope you enjoy!)

Judy
Judy

November 27, 2016

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is baking with my granddaughter. Years ago my daughter, her daughter, and myself would get together and bake for Christmas. I love to make gifts for my grandchildren as I used to do for my children. Homemade gifts are the ones they remember the most.

Linda
Linda

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions Is reading the night before Christmas from our old family book.

Linda
Linda

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions Is reading the night before Christmas from our old family book.

Lauren
Lauren

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is doing puzzles with my family. We get out our big jigsaws and work together for hours. I love it!

Lee
Lee

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking Christmas cookies. No matter how busy things get, I just have to make sure to leave time for cookies. It’s getting a little easier now because my granddaughters are getting more interested in helping, so the day goes by in a hurry.

Bea Gallo-Ray
Bea Gallo-Ray

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is bringing out my mother’s Nativity scene along side the Christmas tree. It’s nice to feel she is part of our celebration.

Irene
Irene

November 27, 2016

My favorite holiday tradition is my creative ornament luncheon. Hand make your ornament and wrap it up for exchange with friends while enjoying lunch. I’ve been having it for over 40 years. Some guests now passed on but getting the new generations involved to keep it going! Happy Holidays to everyone!

Candyce Rude
Candyce Rude

November 27, 2016

One of our traditions is playing Christmas music while decorating our tree and having hot chocolate with Cinnamon rolls Christmas morning. The Santa outfit is darling!

Janine
Janine

November 27, 2016

My favorite Christmas tradition is having all of thf family over to open presents and eat a delicious meal

Connie
Connie

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is staying up until midnight Christmas Eve playing games and eating snacks with my family.

Teddie Nunley
Teddie Nunley

November 27, 2016

As a child, one Christmas was hectic. We had had to give up our beds as family came into town to be with us. As a ‘special’ treat, our mother asked us what do we want her to make for us for Christmas dinner. We asked for her spaghetti and meatballs. She did. Since then, it is a tradition that spaghetti and meatballs be made on Christmas Eve along with our one gift and Christmas pj’s, this is a family tradition that everyone participates in no matter where we are.

Hanna Quantz
Hanna Quantz

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is decorating the Christmas tree. It usually takes my family a few days to put up the tree and decorate it. We love hanging the ornaments and remembering why we got them and who they were for. And we play Christmas music all day, it’s a fun time at our house.

Rachel Koppleberger
Rachel Koppleberger

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite hChristmas traditions is giving gifts. I love seeing the happy, excited, surprised look on the faces as they open the gifts.

Growing up, another tradition I loved was our family watching the Christmas classic show on TV -Frosty, Rudolph, the little drummer boy, etc.. I miss doing that.

Lori Morton
Lori Morton

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is… making cookies with the Daughter’s & Grangirlie!! (also ..always making new jamma’s for the Kiddo’s..and now a few Grankiddo’s too! )

Thank you for chance to win this Adorable outfit!! My grangirl would Love ..& so would her doll!! :)

varrs
varrs

November 27, 2016

my favorite holiday tradition is gathering in the strays (people with no one else to spend the day with.) Then a large meal and visiting with everyone and trying to make their day special too.

Wanda
Wanda

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas Traditions is……..the meal when everyone gathers…..the noise and giggles…makes me sit back and just listen…..grateful to have so many wonderful family members…..memories are better than any gift….

Wanda
Wanda

November 27, 2016

Love this sweet set…….perfect for my five granddaughters……..I love making dolly clothes…

Sue
Sue

November 27, 2016

Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve is my favorite tradition. The family gathers at one house as a family to eat and celebrate on Christmas Eve. As the children enter, Santa has already arrived and the joy on those faces is priceless. Gifts are opened, the table is full of food and the festivities continue until Midnight Mass.

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