If you need help trying to forget the Jerri Blank years (but why would you?), you might want grab a copy of Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People by Amy Sedaris. Even though cracking open this book of activities is like opening a door to a haunted dollhouse, there's no denying the charm in her well, quirky outfits.
A peculiar mix between a 1960's kindergarten teacher and an overzealous but failing Stepford wife, the retro patterns and exaggerated cuts actually make for sweet play clothes. If you've got a funny girl in the family, check out this DIY ensemble.
Vintage Toddler Gingham Dress, Little Blue House, $12
This dress transitions perfectly from playtime to special occasions, with just a few tweaks of accessories, from head bands to tights.
Robot Appliqués, Kaline Accessories, $12
Add these quick iron-on robot appliqués to match Sedaris's random patches. While Kaline Accessories holds some really cute characters, you can find many different themes floating around on Etsy.
Mini Boden Tights, Nordstrom, $16.08 (2 pairs)
While Sedaris goes bare-legged for an exaggerated effect, for kids you should throw in electric blue tights to tone down the bold look.
Blue Bow Knot Hairband, IndieBazaar, $16.00
Dress up the punchline with an oversized matching bow from IndieBazaar. There might even be enough ribbon left over for a project!
Leather Monkey Crib Shoes, Mini Toes, $20.00
Now, I know what you're thinking: "What? Where'd the monkeys come from?" Please. We're not going for sense. We're going for Sedaris.
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