The Eleventh Day of Christmas: petit à petit and family

December 11, 2013

My second last guest in our festive sewing series, is the super creative and talented Celina from petit à petit and family.  Celina lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two children.  Celina is a former children's wear designer and has a unique sense of style that always impresses!  The clothes she makes her kids are just amazing.  Have a look at this outfit she made in the most recent Kids Clothes Week.  And how amazing is this collection of clothes she made for both of her children?  Celina has some great tutorials on her blog too.  On top of that, Celina is embarking on her own pattern design adventure with Willow and Co and her own company she will contribute to which she has named inseam patterns. Celina has been offering sneak peaks of her pieces for this post over on perhaps you have already had a few hints...


Hello! I'm Celina and I blog over at Petit a Petit and family where I talk mostly about kids fashion design and do some sewing for my kids from time to time. When Laura & Suz asked me to be  part of their series, I just couldn't refuse and I am truly excited to share what I made with you today. I happen to be jewish but I also happen to celebrate christmas- I guess it's a little complicated! I was brought up in a home where the jewish traditions and the protestant ones went hand in hand, with my mom being jewish and my dad being protestant we celebrated all the holidays. It was more of a traditional thing than a religious one. My husband is also jewish, so we do tend to do more of the jewish holidays, however christmas I never miss. We also happen to celebrate on the 24th- a late night dinner with friends and family followed by the opening of gifts and a good time. The 25th is spent lounging around and doing nothing.  I have to say I love dressing up for christmas, so I decided to go all out for the kids this year and make them a little something special.

I grew up dancing and for me the holidays means it's time for the lovely ballet The Nutcracker. I dreamt of being part of the ballet, of being Clara or even one of the mice. Of course I dreamt of being the Sugar Plum fairy or the snow Queen too! One year my mom surprised me with tickets- I will always remember being mesmerized by the costumes, the set, the story and of course the ballerinas. I decided to get inspired by The Nutcracker and created an outfit for my little Sugar Plum Fairy and my nutty Nutcracker.

My kids had so much with this photoshoot and felt like putting on a show! I hope to be able to bring them to see the ballet one day too. 

Since I was on the eleventh day, I decide to make 11 items! I actually made 12 if you count the snowflakes made from pipe cleaners- since the pipers are piping!

Here you see the little bolero I made my daughter. It's the loveliest silk shantung with the tiniest little white sequins. It's a pattern I made myself and you can't really see but the vest is padded.

For the dress is used the Sally Dress pattern by Very Shannon- I just love that neckline. The dress is a little see through but I like the way it looks more like a ballerina dress. I do realize I might have to add a lining though. I also need to make a new leotard with a wider neckline to match the sally dress one perfectly.

I also topstitched a satin ribbon with the cutest polka dots to the waistline.

My daughter was over the moon to finally have a fairy/princess dress. It's the first I have ever made for her.

I also made the headband with some tulle and added a vintage brooch I had, to match the red ribbon on her dress. 
 And of course, I couldn't have an outfit inspired by The Nutcracker without some mice! So I made a mouse bag. It isn't very little, but cute nevertheless! 

Lastly, I sewed on some ribbon to some knee high socks and made some ombre glitter shoes. 6 Items , from head to toe for my little Sugar Plum Fairy.

I couldn't leave out my son! and so I made him a Nutcracker outfit. 5 items head to toe.

Let's start with the hat, it's a pattern I created and have made time and time again. It's a super comfy sweatshirt material. I almost made a fur hat, but thought this would be more practical! 

Next is the jacket. I have been wanting to make one of these since the Stella McCartney Collection for Gap about ummm 6 years ago. It's a remix of the french pattern Pearl by Papillon & Mandarine . I used some stretch denim and a lot of gold cording. I just love the way it turned out.

I also had a chance to make some Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads. Oh I will be making many many more of these, perfect fit and pretty simple to make to. I also up-cycled some leather pants into these slipper booties. I need to work on my pattern a little more- but my Nutcracker needed booties.

And finally, inspired by Laura's awesome t-shirt I made this one with some freezer paper and fabric paint which I applied on a t-shirt I already had.

The kids are super excited about their new christmas outfits. I love that we can break up the pieces and wear them on almost any given day. We might have to wear them on New Years too!

Wishing Everyone Some Very Merry and Happy Holidays!!! And an amazing year in 2014.

Wow Celina! This is so special!! I have not seen the Nutcracker but I know I really should one day.  How amazing that you recreated both characters.  I'm glad you had lots of fun creating these outfits because they are so great!!! The jacket, the shoes, the hat, the tutu...And I love that you incorporated the pipers piping into your pipe cleaner snowflakes!!  Thanks so much for this lovely post and for sharing with us:)
Today at Craftstorming, the lovely Ana Sofia from S is for Sewing is guest posting.  Click on the picture below to take you there!


On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

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  1. Celina!! Don't mess with Tchaikovsky indeed ;) The Nutcracker is very special to me - my Nan took me to see it at the Sydney Opera House when I was 6 and we've seen several productions together in the years since. I just love all the elements of the outfits. Divine.

  2. Oh that is so gorgeous! My son absolutely adores the Nutcracker. I took him to see it a year ago, and he still dances round the living room, in mock battle with the Mouse king. He would so love this outfit!

  3. I'm (almost) speechless!! Celina, you never cease to amaze me!! What a brillant idea to make outfits inspired by The Nutcracker. I'm so not going to let Wilma see this post ;-).

    Celina, you're my sewing heroine :-)

  4. That jacket!!!! so awesome!! Fantastic job Celina :)

  5. Gorgeous, Celina! I love the Nutcracker, too! A friend of mine is a ballerina so I grew up watching her in it. You've captured the spirit of your inspiration perfectly. I've had that jacket in the back of my head for a long time, too. Love those military details.

  6. Unbelievable beautiful!!! The whole setup, the clothes (THAT JACKET!!!!!), your kids - BEAUTIFUL and so so inspiring!!! You are the best!!!

  7. I absolutely love everything! What an adorable mouse purse and that jacket is amazing! I love the nutcracker as well and I'm taking my daughter this year. I can't wait for her to see all the dancers! Great job on everything.

  8. Thank you so much Suz for such a lovely intro and having me be part of this wonderful series you and Laura are hosting. And thank you everyone for your amazing comments, you sure know how to make a girl feel good!

  9. I love every single creation you made, Celina! Bravo! Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas too!

  10. OMG! That coat!!! Amazing, Celina!

  11. Everything is wonderful, but I have to admit my favorite piece is the Nutcracker jacket!! Please have some tutorials on your blog soon, thanks :)

  12. Wow wow wow! This is just incredible, I love it all but that jacket has got to be my favourite thing. Thank you for taking part!

  13. Wow! What incredible outfits, Celina! I love every single thing! You are amazing!

  14. Amazing Celina! I was looking at the pictures thinking 'surely you didn't make the jacket'...but you did! Incredible!!

  15. Stunning! The jacket details are amazing. I just finished a Sally Dress in the same exact bodice color. So fun!!

  16. Every year, I tell myself that this is the year where we start the Nutcracker tradition in my family... and then life happens and I forget. Oh but I love that ballet and how magical it all is! What beautiful insipiration! I am particularly in love with the jacket you made for your son... très spécial!!! The lining is gorgous!!!

    Superbe Célina!


  17. this is genius, Celina! I am just in awe of everything you made- but that jacket for your son is AMAZING!

  18. Stunning! Amasing! That Nutcracker outfit - wow! I am simply speechless!

  19. So awesome Celina! I love all of it but the jacket is probably my fave! Totally loving the hat too. ...and what a great back drop ;)

  20. Wow both outfits are amazing! But that jacket is absolutely AWESOME!!

  21. Love that jacket, Celina! I hope you see the Nutcracker someday soon ;)


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