*Spring Forward*

Made for 31.5" Himstedt Mari by CarlaC

Beautiful Mari is modeling "Spring Forward," a one of a kind boutique-style ensemble.  It is composed of layers and layers of vintage charm to take your sweetie from chilly late winter into the warm days of spring.  This outfit was created to fit 31.5" Mari and her friends of similar sizes.

A lovely piece of vintage chenille was the inspiration for this ensemble, and was used to make a soft, sweet set of pantaloons and a matching top.  These pieces were then trimmed with vintage crochet lace atop feminine pink ruffles edged with a very delicate pale blue vintage lace. 

The prettiest dusty rose flower is the focal point of the bodice.  The waist and sleeves are accented with candy pink organza ribbons and pure white silk ribbons.  In the center of the waistbow is a vintage milk-glass button. 

Mari's tiered patchwork skirt is pieced from a sweet mix of my favorite fabrics, including chenille, toile, and "Hannah Bella" roses.  For extra fullness, a little crinoline made of netting is included.  

Fun little ruffles are worked in between the tiers of the skirt.  The hemline  is finished with tree crisp white ruffles placed side by side.  They are trimmed with a bit of chenille and the ends are embellished with ribbons. 

Mari's hat features a pieced patchwork crown, scalloped white cotton brim trimmed in cotton lace and chenille, and a chenille rose accent. 

When the days get longer and the temperatures are warmer, Mari will be ready to don her spring attire.  A sweet, simple peasant top is the perfect compliment to the full patchwork skirt.  It has short, full sleeves and a lace neckline to match the pretty lacy waistband of the skirt. 

For her spring look, Mari wears a lace-trimmed headkerchief made from sweet pink Hanna Bella roses fabric.  She wears a delicate choker made from freshwater pearls and tiny gold-filled beads.

Included also is a bunny for your girl to snuggle.  He has sparkly light aqua fur, and I have trimmed his ears, feet, and tail with the white chenille.  He wears a vintage lace color with a ribbon tie and a pearly vintage button center.