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title pic Two 1950s Christmas Outfits – Butterick 6285

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on December 30, 2015

2015 Christmas Outfits – Butterick 6285 Pattern Review

Hello Ladies!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know that every year I take my mom to tea, and we wear 1950s outfits for the occasion!  Since I got married this year I didn’t have time to sew both of our outfits, but I *was* able to buy my mother a vintage piece and sew mine in time for our annual outing!


As soon as I spotted the new 1950s pattern by Gertie, (Butterick 6285), I thought, “that’s nearly an exact replica of Vera Ellen’s wrap top and skirt from the film White Christmas!” (Albeit minus the collared dickey worn underneath the top in the movie.)



I don’t know if that’s what the designer had in mind or not, but it certainly was a nice surprise!  (Every year I also replicate a costume from a classic Christmas movie – last year I sewed Mary’s dancing dress from It’s a Wonderful Life, and the year before that I drafted and sewed the blue dress from White Christmas.)

Butterick 6285 Pattern Review

You’ll notice that the pattern Butterick 6285 has a pleated skirt included, so I opted to use a different pattern for the skirt in order to go for the circular skirt look of Vera Ellen’s  (“Judy”) White Christmas costume.


I searched far and wide to find a polka dot knit similar to the one that Edith Head used for White Christmas, but unfortunately an exact replica was impossible to find.  So I had to settle for large black polka dots on the red knit.  I followed the wrap top directions exactly, and I’m thrilled with the ease of the pattern and the comfy and flattering results.  The knit fabric makes for a cozy top that’s perfect for holiday gatherings, yet is dressy enough to wear to church or a party.  I think I’ll be making a few more tops from this pattern!  It is fully lined, has darts in the back, and closes with a tie that you can place in the front or the back.  I chose to wrap my ties all the way around to the back, which made a cute bow to trail down the skirt.   (Plus, that’s the way the top was styled in the film White Christmas!) I believe the whole top came together in a few hours, and the instructions are very well written.


The only thing I would change about this design is the length of it.  I’m a short-waisted lady, but I found it continually riding up a bit higher than my skirt waistband which was above my natural waistline…  So next time I’ll be adding an inch or two to the bottom.  :)


My mother’s dress is an original vintage piece from the 1950s, made of iridescent green taffeta and trimmed with lots of covered buttons down the front.  It has a Peter Pan collar and a fairly long skirt.  It would look lovely with a crinoline underneath, too, but I think the dress is a bit more “motherly” this way.  :)  Dark green is my mother’s favorite color, and I knew this dress needed to go into her closet as soon as I spotted it on Ebay. 😉

green 1

christmas 2


Now we had an addition to our Christmas tea this year…  In the past it’s just been the two of us going, but since the tea fell on my birthday, I brought my husband along! 😀  I guess after five months of marriage it was a good time to introduce him to afternoon tea.  He was a very good sport about it and kindly snapped some pictures of us on my cell phone when I forgot to bring my regular camera.   So much fun!  I just know that this is not the only time he’ll be going to tea with me. 😉



So that’s my Christmas dress for 2015!  If you made your own dress this year, please link to it in the comments below! :)  I hope you all have a very merry rest of your year, and a happy new year soon!

Happy sewing,


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title pic Our Wedding – Part 2! Official Portraits

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on December 9, 2015

Lars and Katrina 2015 – Our Victorian “Royal” Wedding

I’m so thrilled to share the official portraits from our pre-wedding photographs!  My favorites of Lars and I were actually taken after the wedding, so there will be more coming later!

Last time I shared a list of all our vendors (including my amazing makeup artist and hair stylist), but I wanted to point out that all our photos were taken by the amazing Kamirin of Crooked Stream Photography.  I can’t recommend her highly enough for wedding photos!  And what do you know, but she showed up to our wedding wearing a vintage frock and 1940s style high heels!  That really was exciting for me! :)  This post contains a large number of photos, so you’ll definitely want to scroll through to the end to see everything. 


Bride & Groom Portraits





Of all the parts of the dress I’m proud of, I think I am happiest with the train!  It took SO much work to ruffle all the yards of French lace, shape it around the edge of the train, and stitch it in place, but it was all worth it..  You can read more about how I sewed it here!





Groomsmen Portraits


What a handsome groom!  The men all wore tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse.


Bridesmaids Portraits

With my matron of honor…


And here I was with my dear friend Karina below. (Yes, our names are only one letter apart!)


I was beyond thrilled with how elegant all our gowns looked together!  The effect was truly beyond any dreams for my wedding I could have had.


I thought we looked almost like some Edwardian ladies out of Anne of Avonlea in the shot below!  There is just such an abundance of lace trim, organza, ruffles, and roses in this shot!


After the initial bridesmaid portraits, we were joined by my adorable junior bridesmaid on the stage…


And then our flower girl completed the group. :)


 Somehow we forgot the flower girl’s basket full of gold rose petals for pictures, but she did have it during the ceremony. :)


I just love this shot!!  The pose reminds me of something from a Victorian wedding…  I also love how we’re all brunettes!

Family Portraits

In the photo below, you see my parents joining my soon-to-be husband and I on stage.  I just about lost it when I saw my mom in her gorgeous ballgown!  I had never actually seen it on her till then.


My mom and I have always been extremely close – more like sisters than mother/daughter for the last few years, so it was a VERY exciting time for us!  My mom single-handedly arranged all wedding details for us.  She and I planned and coordinated the wedding entirely by ourselves in about two months, and I couldn’t have done it without her!  


 The two of us plus my wonderful parents: bride-groom-parents

Then we shot one of my and my amazing “baby” brother – When I was a teenager, he was a tiny baby that I used to carry around the house, so it’s really not quite fair that he’s so much taller than me now! 😉  We all grew up so fast…  I sure am proud of him!


And one of me and my dad. :)  He sure took good care of me all those years!


And finally, one of the entire Casey family. :)


Lars’ precious mother joined us on stage.  I am so extremely thankful to have gotten such a wonderful mother-in-law!


We all planned and coordinated our attire right down to the lace trim, and I was so blessed to have such a cooperative bridal party! :)  Not one single complaint the whole time!

And here is one my favorite shots from the entire wedding!!  Doesn’t it just look like two regal queens and a princess? :)  My heart was so full of happiness at this point I could hardly handle it. :)


I specifically asked my excellent wedding photographer Kamirin to snap a picture of the two mothers together!  These two ladies became fast friends when Lars and I introduced them to each other, and they are two very excellent moms and examples for us.  I’m so thankful they’re dear friends beyond just being “in-laws”!  I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better situation. :)


Here we have the entire Holte family:


Here we have what is possibly our quintessential “Royal Wedding” shot from the whole day:


The entire wedding party on the elegant stage!  Note the red carpet in the photo – my parents rented one of two red carpets in all of Portland which was long enough for the cathedral style sanctuary!  I’ve always admired how the royal weddings in England showcase the train so beautifully by using a contrasting aisle runner instead of the usual white or ivory.  So I was just so happy to have our venue all decked out like something from England. :)  (The British royal weddings were a big inspiration to me while planning our big day – you can read more here.)


 And by the time we were to this final portrait, the guests were beginning to assemble behind the doors, and we all had to scurry away to our respective rooms until the ceremony began.  I can hardly wait to share photos of the decorated ballroom and the incredibly gorgeous ceremony!

Many people who attended the wedding and ballroom reception remarked to our parents that it was the most elegant or beautiful wedding they’d ever seen, and I certainly felt the same way!  I am so thankful to the Lord for bringing me the best husband I could possibly imagine, and to my parents for being so supportive and throwing me the biggest and grandest wedding I’ve ever seen! <3  I can’t think of one thing I would have changed about it, and I really felt like a princess on that day. :) 


Next time I’m going to post pictures of the absolutely stunning ballroom all decorated in peach and gold, along with shots of the heirloom wedding gown display in that room.  Then, I have dozens of gorgeous pictures to share from the glorious wedding ceremony and reception!  I’m so excited to get to share this with you all, and I hope you are all having a wonderful December!

Happy sewing,

Katrina Holte

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title pic Our Wedding Day! Part 1~ Getting Ready

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on November 23, 2015

My Victorian “Royal” Wedding


Photos copyright by Crooked Stream Photography.

On July 17th, 2015, I woke up to the most special day of my life.  It’s one of those rare and indescribable days when so much is happening that you know you couldn’t possibly remember it all, and when you’re in utter awe of what’s going on all around you – you’re hurrying to get ready with your hair and makeup just like any other day, only that this day you have people helping you, and you need a solid three assistants just to get into your petticoat, silk gown, tiara, jewelry, shoes and veil…  And just once you finally get done and are about to rush out for pictures, you glance back at yourself in the mirror and almost lose it – Oh my gosh!  That’s me in the wedding dress!  I’m getting married!  You go into the sanctuary for pictures and see your dear fiance all dressed up in his tuxedo, looking ever so dapper and calmly beaming.  You feel your heart about ready to burst as all your dearest friends gather on the almost regal stage for photographs, and you smile and laugh like you never have before… It feels almost heavenly, but you must come back down to earth and hide away once more in the bridal prep room so guests can take their seats.  Then, just when you’re about ready to leave the room for the last time and huddle behind the sanctuary doors, you feel a sudden rush of emotions – wishing time could stand still, and that you could just take in the wonder of the moment.  There, all around you, are the dearest girls and ladies to you in the world – the ones who have been there for you through your childhood or adulthood, and they’re all dressed up like they’ve never been before, all pearl earrings and ballgowns and smiles…  And they’re there for your wedding!

But before you know it, you’re all filing out the door, slightly nervous and with a fluttering heart, and within a few short minutes you take that long walk down the aisle, into a new and wonderful life…  And the next thing you know, you’re at your reception, dancing and celebrating and indescribably joyful, and you feel that this is the climax of your whole life – a golden, rosy, perfectly splendid evening where you get to waltz with your dad and perform a dance with your husband in the big silk ballgown that you sewed yourself, and you secretly thank yourself for reinforcing that seam just one more time, so there’s no chance of it tearing during all the festivities…

This is the story of my incredible wedding day to my fabulous husband, and it may take a few blog posts to recount the entirety of it.  I am so thankful to God for bringing us together, and for giving me the happiest “happily ever after” I could dream about!  (Here is the story of how we met at a ball!)

The Wedding Day Part 1

(You can click on each photo for a larger version.)

The Venue: The Academy Chapel & Ballroom

The Photographer: Kamirin Couch of Crooked Stream Photography

The Makeup Artist: Jessie Schultz

The Hair Stylist: Janelle Hayden of The Prettiest You

The Gown: Designed & Sewn by Me (Here’s the story of how I made it)


 I wore white fur slippers with sparkles while getting ready! :)  We all had matching red robes for the preparations, so we didn’t get makeup and hairspray on our beautiful gowns…


My sweet junior bridesmaid putting in her pearl drop earrings…


My silk and lace gown hung neatly in the room.


The bridesmaids wore their hair in French twists. Janelle did a super job on everyone!



Chiffon ruffles and roses down the back of the skirt, and gathered gold lace at the neckline – these are a few of my favorite trims. 😉


I was so thankful Jessie could do my makeup!  She is one of the top Mary Kay makeup artists in the United States, and despite being very pregnant she did all the makeup for the entire bridal party, plus the two mothers!



All my ivory and gold accessories were put out ready to go!  (The ivory satin gloves with gold beading came all the way from South Africa via my dear friend Jennie Chancey of Sense & Sensibility Patterns!  She’s been such a dear friend to me for years, and I was thrilled that I was able to Skype her into the wedding reception later on!)  



My sweet mama and bridesmaids helped me into my gown.  I had been slightly nervous while stuck in the hair and makeup chair that they didn’t have everything ready – “Do you guys have my gown ready?  And the jewelry and veil?  And my shoes?”  But yes, they had everything all ready to go!  I think they got me into the gown in about 60 seconds flat, which was good since we were behind schedule for pictures.  :)





Me and my mama.  :)


Before I knew it, we were all ready to go get our pictures taken! 


And here’s a peek at the ballroom right before the guests arrived. :)  

More pictures to come really soon, I promise!  

Happy sewing,


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