Buffalo Gals: The Happy Camper and the Final Round-Up

Here’s how it goes….
I found Simon’s old hiking boots in the basement and thought they might fit Grace….and they will…in about 2 years…
However, somehow she became convinced that she needed to wear them to have her picture taken in with these shorts.  And on top of that she needed to wear her white knee highs instead of the tights I bought her to match.
It’s not what I had envisioned but the point of the whole collection was to have Grace be able to mix and match items that we grouped together in her Buffalo Gals Look Book so I figured…what the heck.
Sure it’s a little Pinocchio meets Robert Baden-Powell but I don’t mind.
I don’t even mind that somewhere in the middle of our sock and shoe discussion I forgot to have her put on the matching jacket I made for this outfit.  (I’ll show it to you one of these days.)
It’s just that when she gives me the determined please-mom-I-know-what-I’m-doing face I tend to get lost in the charm of her ideas and get easily side-tracked.
Can you blame me?
At any rate you can see the shorts…which I love.
(Made from the same vintage polyester I used for her poncho.)
And the suspenders that I made and posted a tutorial for way back HERE .  So I guess it’s not a total loss.
Even if it’s not put together the way I’d like it to be.
Now, today is the final day of my Buffalo Gal’s Look Book so I just wanted to give you a quick overview and the price break down:
The Pieces
The Prices
Boots—$20 @ Old Navy
Striped Knit—$2 @ FIDM
Faux Fur—$0  Left Over from a Quilt
Rust Colored Polyester—$0  scrounged from Mother-in-Laws basement
Hand-Me-Down T-Shirt—$0
Turtle Neck—$3.88 @ Wal-Mart
Heavy Striped Knit—$0 another Mother-in-Law basement find
Orange Tights—$2.99 @ Target
Vintage Belt—$2 @ Thrift Store
White Button Up Shirt—$0 Hand-Me-Down from Hannah
Blue Scarf—$4.99 @ Wal-Mart
Vintage Rust Colored Velvet—$1 @ Thrift Store
Long Sleeved Lace T-Shirt—$4.88 @ Wal-Mart
White and Red Rust Patterned Polyester—and gem from my Mother-in-Laws basement
Red Pocket Pants—$2 @ Thrift Store
White Collared Shirt—$2.49 @ Old Navy
White Flannel—Left over from a baby blanket project
Total:  $46.23
(Not too shabby for 3 pairs of pants, 1 jumper, 1 pair of shorts, 1 skirt, 1 pair of boots, 5 shirts, 2 vests, 1 tunic, 1 poncho, 2 pair of tights, and a belt.)
I know that not everything in my Look Book was new or even handmade.
But that wasn’t the point.
My goal was to affordably put together a collection of clothing items that could be worn fairly interchangeably, that Grace could put on and take off independently, and that would be comfortable and fun to wear.
It’s not perfect, but not too bad for a first try.
I’ve enjoyed watching Grace put the pieces together.  (I especially liked when she wore the jumper with the velvet vest and blue tights.)
I learned a lot and have some big plans for what to change next time around and some thoughts on how I want to put together a Spring Look Book for Gracie as well.
I know I said it before but thank you for following along as we’ve shared our Look Books.
(And while you’ve been following along Elizabeth and I have been working behind the scenes putting together some fun new tutorials and projects that we can’t wait to share!)
Have a marvelous Tuesday and we’ll see you back here tomorrow with one of those tutorials that I was just telling you about!

15 thoughts on “Buffalo Gals: The Happy Camper and the Final Round-Up

  1. OK…I have been enjoying your look book–your creativity, theme, your daughters personality shining through. I love that she wants the big blue bow, knee socks, boots, etc. I cannot tell you enough though, how THAT picture of her face took my breath away!!!
    You must frame that picture!!! I knew she was a cutie but God sent you an absolute angel inside and out!

  2. such a great collection – it is fun and she so clearly LOVES it! I love the idea of a collection with a defined point of inspiration and color pallet, may just have to try in for the spring summer ;o)

  3. Absolutely precious! I agree that the $46 total is pretty amazing. Great job! I think my favorite might be the dress with fur pockets, but those shorts are really cool, too!

  4. Love these outfits! Looking forward to your tutorials and maybe that one for the poncho! Gracie is adorable and seems to enjoy the camera (unlike my girlie these days). Nice job!

  5. Liz,
    Love your blog and your style of writing. Most blogs I skim over, but yours I always read. You remind me to let my kid have creative control in the wardrobe department.
    By the way, you could win an award with the face shot in the middle..your daughter is a living doll.
    My blog is http://www.SewsnBows.com if you ever want to swing by. I have some good pattern reviews coming up soon.

  6. I have SO enjoyed following along as you shared your Buffalo Gals Look Book – thank you so much for sharing it with us! A beautiful and flexible wardrobe to take her stylishly through the fall and winter:)

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