It has been a bit of a rough week around here. Things started off well, but then E came down with a wicked cold, and everything kind of ground to a halt. It doesn’t seem fair to come down with YET ANOTHER bug, considering school and gymnastics are now done, but I guess this one got thrown in at the tail end as a sort of bonus virus. But I was so psyched to participate in the Happy Homemade sew-along that I was rather foolishly determined to get this project done.
Moments of sewing were mostly done in the evening between bouts of intense, croupy coughing – E was waking up every 15 minutes coughing, so I was literally snatching a few minutes here and there, since I knew it wouldn’t be worth it to try to sleep myself. I also managed to do a bit of sewing while she lounged in my bed with an episode of Little Bear on the laptop. Mostly, the last couple of days have been a cuddle-fest. When E has a fever, she just wants to cuddle, and every few minutes she says “I love you so much mama”, which is the only upside of having a sick kiddo.
Anyhow, I did manage to finish the hoody, which is called the “pull-over parka” from the book Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids. I sewed it out of red Robert Kaufman yarn-dyed linen, which has a lovely weight and drape. The hood lining and drawstring are made from a discontinued camera print by Monaluna for Birch Organics – the colours in this print are wonderful, and I have been hoarding half a yard of it for the last year. I love the combination of these two fabrics – perhaps they have just been hanging out together on my fabric shelf for so long now that they are meant to be together:-)
The sewing was mostly straightforward, but my addled, sleep-deprived mind totally choked on the neck facing. I had to rip it out twice – gah! Some time during the second round of seam ripping, I recall thinking that I would never make this top again. Fortunately, I recovered, finished it successfully, tried it on E, marvelled at it’s adorableness, and told myself that I have to sew another one right away while I still remember how to do it! So, the pain of applying the neck facing was totally worth it in the end, and I can only hope that it would go much more easily if I was well rested.
I had originally thought I’d add a kangaroo pocket in the camera print, but decided that would be too busy, so I added a little camera patch at the bottom instead:
Fortunately E is in a red phase right now, so she likes the hoody and seemed very comfortable wearing it.
It works well for jumping, running, handstands, and crazy dance moves. In short, great kid clothing.
Thanks to Meg at Elsie Marley and Cherie at You and Mie for hosting the sew-along and providing such great step-by-step instructions. This was exactly the kick in the pants I needed to try sewing from a Japanese pattern book!