Here in my home, we are Chicago Bears fans. Yes, I live in Virginia. Yes, we are "supposed" to like the Redskins or the Ravens. Since I am originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, I should probably have hometown loyalty and root for the Browns. But the fact of the matter is, I never paid attention to football at all until getting involved with my husband. As a Chi-Town native, he has been a lifelong Bears fan and watches every game we're lucky enough to have aired here in the state of Virginia. One year, he even paid the insane cost for the Football Package on TV JUST so he wouldn't miss any games. Now that the economy is in worse shape, we can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars just to be able to watch a few football games. It just isn't practical when we have 3 children to take care of. But nonetheless, we watch as many Bears games as we possibly can. Since the hubby is so wrapped up in his Bears Mania, I have caught the football bug, myself. It took a few years for me to catch on and learn all of the rules, but once I had the general premise of the game down, I was hooked! I probably yell at the TV during a football game far more than my husband does!
So naturally, when I got a glimpse of the Spirit Wear at Bleu Bird Designs, I knew I HAD to order something for our toddler, Sophie. Bears apparel is virtually non-existent to begin with here, and the garments available online at the NFL store and on EBay are cute, but seem awfully plain and cookie-cutter. My daughter has a larger than life personality and quite the diva complex, so I wanted to get her some Bears gear to match her feminine and fun nature. The Spirit Peasant Top from Bleu Bird Designs fit the bill perfectly! It has true Chicago colors in fun, whimsical prints to make a stunning and totally unique garment that is sure to be a hit come football season!
And working with Bleu Bird Designs has been wonderful, too! I was involved in the whole design process from the start! The owner and seamstress of this awesome boutique allowed me to view her sample fabrics and choose the perfect ones for Sophie's top! I also got to decide how I wanted them placed on the garment. Once my color and fabric selections were made, my garment was lovingly hand made to my specifications. Once the top was complete, it went of to the embroidery department and got the words, "Da Bears" embroidered onto the bodice in a bright orange thread to complete the look!
When I received my custom made Chicago Bears Peasant Top, I could not have been more pleased! The exact image I had created in my mind of the perfect garment was right before my eyes and ready for my daughter to enjoy. The stitching was expertly done, and all of the edges were serged for durability. The sleeves of this gorgeous top are ruffled, as is the bottom. Each panel of fabric is sewn together beautifully, giving an almost seamless appearance to the top. There is also plenty of stretch to the elacticized hem around the neck and sleeves of this piece that allow for plenty of room to grow. The quality of workmanship at Bleu Bird Designs is absolutely superior, and these items are made to last. My Bears Peasant Top has been played in quite a few times, and it still looks brand new! And my daughter is no dainty, neat little thing. Don't let her girly appearance fool you one bit! She plays like a rough and tumble little boy! She's fearless and loves getting dirty! Luckily, she also loves getting a bath, so this works out well for her mama!
While this garment is sold as a Top to a 2 piece set, (little bloomer pants to match are also available) I bought this with the intention of using it as a dress. My daughter Sophie is very petite, and it is the perfect length to act as a cute, summery dress! In cooler weather, it can be easily paired with some cute leggings or tights to keep those little legs warm. This adorable "dress" falls right at Sophie's knees, and fits her just right. I could keep going on and on about how much I adore this piece, but if a photo speaks a thousand words, here are 5! The photos say it all!
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***Disclosure: While I received a generous discount for this product, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***