diesel is getting ready to turn two in one month and i'll admit to being a little sad about it. so while i still can, i try to dress him like a baby boy instead of like a toddler boy. it's rather difficult to do! there's just not much available for his size that still looks baby-ish but appropriate.
jay doesn't like it when i dress him like a baby. he wants him to be a man already. but since i dress him, i get to choose! and i think he looks adorable!
i love vintage aprons. the fabrics are always so lovely and sweet. but what in the world would i do with a bunch of vintage aprons? i don't wear them myself. so...one day it came to me! make dresses out of them for lula! brilliant, huh?! i usually find them for about $5. pretty good deal for a sweet little dress!
this is seriously the easiest "diy" i've ever done! took me about five minutes.
all you do is make button holes on the "waist" of the apron where normal straps would go on your little girl. so if you have a pair of overalls or another items with straps, then just measure the distance between the straps where they fall on the chest. then find the middle of your apron and place the holes on either side of the middle with the correct distance between.
to make the button holes you can be super fancy and use a button hole maker...or you can do what i did and just use a zig zag stitch to make a rectangle. then carefully make a slit in the middle of your rectangle. voila! you have a button hole! or in this case, a strap hole!
another option, if you don't sew at all, is to just make a little slit with an exacto knife or something similar where the straps need to go. then use some fray stop or fabric fray glue to keep the fabric from fraying on the cut. then proceed as follows.
put your little one's arms through the arm holes and through the hole in the top just like a shirt, adjust, and tie a knot with each strap next to the button hole. that's it!
this is such a great layering piece. you can wear the vintage apron dress all year long with a million different things. here lula is layering with a simple white t-shirt and lula in london's two pocket jeggings (one of our favorite pieces that are now 80% off!!!).
and what do you pair with an adorable vintage apron dress? an adorable vintage plaid shirt, of course!
jay is wearing a shirt from american eagle, diesel jeans, and diesel shoes.
lula is wearing a homemade dress and old navy flip flops.
diesel is wearing his sweatband (of course!), a borrowed shirt, pants and shoes from h & m. (doesn't he look like a baller?!)
if you've been following us here or on instagram (@lulainlondon) at all, you've probably caught glimpses of diesel's diva attire: a.k.a. bead necklaces, hair clips, gemstone rings, bracelets, and headbands! while i think it's hilarious (he is a baby after all and just exploring textures and bright colors), jay is a little disturbed to see his boy in such girly dress.
we've discussed buying diesel a sweatband to accommodate his need for accessorizing, and after wearing a very girly headband around this weekend, jay decided now was the time! so on our way to dinner saturday, we stopped in at academy sports and found d a lovely, patriotic sweatband.
he LOVES it! he's already claimed it as his own and wants to wear it all the time, which is just fine with us. it gives him a slightly quirky, marches-to-the-beat-of-a-different-drum look, perfect for his strange little personality.
this morning he saw his shoes and insisted i put them on him as usual. then he saw his sweatband and insisted on that as well. once he was all geared up, he headed towards the door saying, "bye-bye" even though we weren't going anywhere. i guess the sweatband now symbolizes being dressed and ready to go!
we'll have to invest in some more to go with various outfits since i think it's going to become a staple. he might need some wristbands too!
Hello my name is Heather and I run a vintage shop on etsy called 3 Ring Circus. I also work as a stylist with Babiekins Magazine.
One of my favorite features is one look three ways. I love to give
parents options and different ways to style a basic article of clothing.
If you spend money on a classic piece it is great to style it with hand
me downs or vintage items. Another tip is to pair boy clothing with
girly outfits. The seersucker jacket was a hand me down from Penelope’s
older brothers. These three looks are perfect to carry that summer piece
You can find me on
Thanks so much to Sarah for letting me share my looks!
Outfit # 1
• chambray button down // rockefella
• straw hat // H&M
• sandals // hand-me-down
• belt // target
• polka dot top // rockefella
• belt // vintage
• sandals // target
• seersucker too small blazer // baby gap hand-me-down from brothers
• necklace // gift
• sandals // hand-me-down