Our little elf

Every year since my little man was a baby I dress one of the kids up as an elf when we travel. It first started as a joke, but quickly became a tradition when I realized how nice everyone was at the airport when your kid is dressed up. We fly through security like the HOV lane.

Little man is now old enough to know better although I'm sure he would do it if I asked. But Curly Sue is the perfect age for an airport outfit. She's not so much an elf as she is a holiday helper. More cute than silly.

Franklin dress elf edition by Brooklyn Pattern Co

It just happened that Santa was making an impromptu visit at the Charleston Airport. I think she was skeptical of a strange old man giving her candy (as she should), but it was a sweet moment. 

Franklin dress elf edition by Brooklyn Pattern Company

I love how subtle the red on red polka-dot is on this print. It gives just a little bit of dimension to this Christmas red dress.

Franklin dress elf edition by Brooklyn Pattern Company

What you can't see is the broken candy cane on the floor that Santa gave her. The photo shoot ended fairly quickly after this was taken.

Franklin dress pattern Christmas edition by Brooklyn Pattern Company

Little man didn't get an elf costume but I made sure he got in the Christmas spirit with his red striped sweater (and purple shoes).

Franklin dress, the holiday version.

Our friends at P&B Textiles were gracious to send us this great little red dot fabric for Curly Sue's dress. I used the Franklin dress pattern with a few tweaks.

I cut the dress yoke as a size 2 since Curly Sue is 20 months. But I wanted more of a tunic to show off her hilarious striped tights so I cut the body at the 6 month size. There are no pockets because I've been burned before with washing clothes with stuff in the pockets (blueberries!). And I shortened the sleeves to a very tiny hem and cap sleeve since the weather is so good down South.

Now that we've made it to South Carolina for the holidays we're going to relax and enjoy our time with my family. Our wish to you is for a joyful holiday and healthy new year. See you in 2015!