pot o’ gold nessie top

leapin’ leprechauns, it’s St. Paddy’s Day!

pot of gold nessie top

and this lass needed a new shirt!

pot of gold nessie top

Em’s school has a uniform, but for St. Patrick’s Day she could wear green.  she didn’t have a top that’d work, though, and she was super excited to brainstorm the outfit together on our way home from school last week.

pot of gold nessie top

well actually she wanted a new dress, but i was able to convince her that she already has a skirt with SHAMROCKS ON IT so that saved me a bit of work.  😉  details about the skirt right here.  we picked the fabric for the top together, and the rest of the outfit is her choice – i just set out the gold shoes which she was ecstatic about.  a holiday centered around gold and rainbows is a winner in her book.

pot of gold nessie top

the shirt is the Nessie Top Pattern by Craftiness is not Optional.  i’d previously made one for my niece and love the sweet girly shape of it.  the 4T was a bit big when i tried it on Em at Christmastime, so I knew it would probably fit now after a few months of growing.

i made it with short sleeves and didn’t hem the sleeves or bottom for extra flutter.  the fabric is a lightweight green slub knit that’s upcycled from an old dress of mine.  the skirt of the dress was pieced so i used one of those seams down the back of the shirt, and i like the look (and drape).

pot of gold nessie top

i painted some ultra suede with gold fabric paint (affiliate link) and zigzagged it onto the shirt with metallic gold thread to create a little “pot o’ gold” pocket. that’s her favorite part.

pot of gold nessie top

this is not the first time i’ve done last minute sewing for St. Patrick’s Day.

did you make anything green for your kids/you to wear?  it’s kind of a fun one to sew for since it’s only based on color, so the clothes can easily be worn later and can be as fancy/casual as you want.

my husband made her lunch – bagel and GREEN cream cheese! I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of that! I think it’s pretty cute. 🙂

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17 thoughts on “pot o’ gold nessie top

  1. Erin says:

    Adorable St.Pats outfit! 🙂 Love it all, head to toe. Today, is the only day of the year that I like to ‘Go Bragh-less”… but don’t tell anyone! ;o

  2. lecsmiscellany says:

    Love it! You are so creative 🙂 I love the gold details. Subconsciously, I sent my daughter with gold shoes to school also, though I had not made the connection. This year, I finally made the green geranium dresses I had bought fabric for a year ago, had cut back in September but had not yet sewn. I was lucky they still fit, I must have cut them too big last year. Anyway, they are green so the little girls were excited to have a holiday outfit, though I like your shamrocks and gold way better!! 😉

  3. Emily C says:

    I made my kids St. Patrick’s day tees – green-sleeved raglans using the Oliver +S pattern, and then I put a little green shamrock on the bottom corner of each shirt. They turned out really cute, and hopefully will get lots of wear!
    A photo of the tops is here:
    St. Patrick's Day Shirts

  4. gail says:

    OH! so cute, and the gold shoes!! and the rainbow leggings! i found some HR clover scraps last night and was cursing the fact that lila’s ice cream top didn’t fit, it’s the perfect st. patty’s day fabric! happy green day to all of you!!

  5. Kelly says:

    Such a perfect St Patrick’s Day outfit, complete with rainbow and gold- I die!! We are all sick, so my plans to have lots of green day fun has turned into afternoon movie and popcorn (I am trying to figure how it can make the popcorn green!). And my girls refuse to wear green.

  6. sanae says:

    Oh, I love love love the gold pocket – how cool that you painted suede! Such a happy-happy-joy-joy outfit for St. Paddy’s. It’s perfect! And go husband on the green cream cheese! Small celebrations like that make me smile.

  7. rachel says:

    this is awesome, kristin. i’ll bet she had the best st patrick’s day outfit in her class. 🙂 and that she’ll always remember the special memories.

  8. honeymadeit says:

    We really don’t celebrate St. Paddy’s Day here in Texas, but it sounds like fun. I think I will collect all the cool ideas I’ve read on the blogs and start a new tradition with the grands next year. We have Go Texan Day here the Friday before the rodeo. All the trail rides gather in the park and have a parade on Saturday. All the children in the area are encouraged to wear their western best and their boots. The next week is Texas Independence Day. This will just give us another reason to have some fun.

  9. girllikethesea says:

    cute outfit! my kids were excited about rainbows too. I always love the shots of Em jumping into the air ^_^ Too bad our girls couldn’t hang out in their matching skirts that day!

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