Kids Clothes Week Challenge - Day 3!
July 23 2014
Carrie here! I can’t believe it’s my day to post already. Like most people now a days, I tend to have an overly full schedule and sometimes fitting in a bit of sewing for the kiddo, or myself for that matter is not always as easy as it might seem. This is why I’m loving the KCW challenge! It’s a reason for me to pull back a bit at night and instead of convincing myself that I need to answer a list of emails, or make a schedule, or clean the house, I can just sew. One hour, not a lot of pressure or commitment – just sew. What a great stress reliever.
This week I decided to take my hour of sewing and finally finish up the Anna Maria Horner, Baby in the Hood jacket I’ve been making for my son Owen. This is the cutest little jacket, not overly difficult to sew, and lets you use three different fabrics! Being able to mix different colours and prints in one project just sets my little heart a flutter. This is partially because I love trying out different print combinations, and partially because I’m never very good at deciding on just one. I usually find myself staring aimlessly at the wall in Fabrications. Sometimes this is a daylong process which is sad since I'm there almost everyday and I know exactly what we have.
For the main outer fabric I chose to use Monaluna’s Leaves from their Urban Patch collection. The button placket and hood stripe are Art Gallery’s Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine, and the lining fabric is Cloud 9’s Arrows by Michelle Engel Bencsko. I love them all, and I love them all put together in this little item of clothing.
About the pattern, like I said, this is the Baby in the Hood pattern by Anna Maria Horner. It came from her Handmade Beginnings book, which I just love. It is filled with projects for both Moms to be and baby. While some are very quick and easy, this one was a little trickier – at least for me. I have never set a sleeve in a garment quite so small and I found it to be the one part of the process that both tested my patience and taught me a new skill. In the end it really wasn’t too tough and I only had to use the seam ripper once. A small price for the sense of accomplishment that comes when you try something new and realize that you can in fact do it, and it doesn’t look horrifying. The instructions are great and the illustrations help with the more confusing steps, though there really aren’t many. My only beef – and it’s a small one – is the sizing. My little O is 13 months old but I had to make the 24 month size plus, it’s a touch short for my liking. If and when I make this again (because I will make it again), I will be adding a few inches onto the bottom.
All in all, I am a pretty happy girl right now. I made a great item of clothing for my favourite guy and I carved out that precious me time to make it happen. Kids Clothes Week - we are friends.
*Sick baby makes for unhappy photo's - we did our best.