Patriotic Pageant Costume | Outfit of Choice

Patriotic Pageant Costume | Outfit of Choice

Ta-da! It’s Sofie’s patriotic pageant costume! You might recognize her firecracker bows from my post Monday. This is her outfit of choice wear.

Do you like the gold trim? It should show well onstage. It’s more sparkly indoors. I’ve been wanting to show you for a while, but have been really busy watching Big Brother. (Anybody else watching? We can be obsessed together…)

I’m really mad at myself for not tying her top on properly for this photoshoot, but I know the fit is perfect because I did a wearable muslin after the first mockup, and made a couple fit adjustments here.

If you hang out with me on facebook, you already know my hubby got me an awesome camera. So now my photos won’t suck as much!

I thought having an awesome camera meant that I would automatically become an awesome photographer, but apparently talent is still a factor. I’m currently on page 3 of the manual, & I’m sure I’ll get through it in a year or two.

The really cool thing is that it can take photos in sports mode. So I just hold the button and follow the kids around. It’s like the difference between my .38 special, and a machine gun.

I have to show you this last photo, it will break your heart. See, Sofie’s dad was riding the 4-wheeler around, and had the nerve to drive with one of her brothers and not her. Poor little thing! When she cries, it’s like her whole world is crumbling. Oh, it kills me.

Are you devastated, just seeing her face?! My little niece hasn’t figured out how much power she has over me. I dread the day she does…

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  1. Amy of while wearing heels

    I missed this post! I was in WI for a week so forgive me!!! This outfit is ADORABLE. You did it again. I love the bows in her hair. They are the PERFECT accessory for the most precious outfit. And, yes, that face did break my heart and no, I am not watching Big Brother :(
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  2. rea

    oh how adorable is that dress and that girl!!!! wowzer!! lucky you to have a new awesome camera amy ♥
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  3. justine

    That is really beautiful! And the hairbows are perfect. I wish Gigi would wear them. She always tears them out.that outfit looks like it took hours to make.I hope she enjoys the it like one of those pageants on toddlers and tiaras?
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  4. Caroline

    Adorable… and so well done! Kudos to you. Hope she stole the show. :)

  5. Ashley Addison

    Oh, how cute is that. She is adorable anyway, but that little outfit just tops off all the cuteness. Very nice job!!! I am a new follower from the Bloom Designs Weekly Creative link party.
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  6. Mel

    I have no idea on guns so Im just assuming heaps better :) I do love that outfit though it is so so so cute, you’re “sew” clever!
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  7. Gin

    Love the outfit and all the ruffles. Best of wins to Sophie at the pageant. When is it? Show us her winning picture. My grandbaby’s Red white and Blue pageant is Friday nite July 12

  8. Janlynn

    Oh I do love the outfit – bows and all. She looks so cute! Good luck with the pageant.
    Hope you and your family have a great long weekend.
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  9. Gina

    Adorable outfit Amy!!! Sofie is sure to be the star of the show!! I love the fabrics you chose; they are very patriotic!! I would recommend you use the Aperature mode on your camera; it silifies learning how to use and keeps you out of the auto mode so y learn how to use it!!

  10. Pam

    Oh, Amy, the outfit is GORGEOUS!!! … well worth getting it just right. Have fun playing with the new toy!!!
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  11. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Wahoo! Um, you are totally rockin’ the photography Amy! And yes, she is a heart melter. I know I couldn’t say No to her. :)

    Her outfit is so cute, including the hair bows! Have a super 4th of July!

    Sue xo
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  12. Buttons

    Oh my, that little bottom lip! I can just picture it quivering. That face is the worst! I love love love her outfit, she just looks like a little patriotic firecracker!
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  13. Lisa Nelson

    So cute Amy! I am in love with the bows – so sweet!

    The pictures are gorgeous! The way i think about it – is that everything takes work. Just because you pay 1,000+ dollars for a great camera and lenses doesn’t mean that it takes the pictures by itself.

    The pictures look great!

    I also hate it when babies cry.
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  14. ingrid@nowathomemom

    Her outfit is adorable and yes is beautiful with her little firecracker bows :-) so pretty! I’m sure she will do great on stage, she seems to like posing for the camera too :-) her little face in the last picture, she’s about to cry the poor thing, I never know what to do when they make those faces; they are adorable at that age! :-)
    & you lucky girl getting a new camera! :-)
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