Did you see that Liesl GIbson, of Oliver + S has a book out - Little Things to Sew? I've been eager to get my hands on it, except then it did arrive and it only made me more eager to get sewing in the midst of not a lot of sewing time at the moment. But thankfully, the book is true to the title and amidst the varying time and ability levels included in the book, there really are lots of 'little things' in here - totally doable in a short sewing window of time.
Below are all the pages Ms. Adelaide in particular has her eyes on. Mama has her eyes on even more.
It's a gorgeous book, and the designs are all classic, adorable and perfectly child-like. I've written before about sewing with Oliver + S patterns - I can always rely upon them to be clear and easy to understand in the making, and full of just the right sewing techniques that make for a well-constructed piece, suitable for standing up to actual kids wear (Adelaide's been wearing some of the same bubble dresses - first as dresses, then shorter dresses, then shirts - for years now).
Just as soon as a quick sewing window opened up in a day, I started with the simple Reversible Bucket Hat for my girl. I used a bit of purple fabric from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush line, purchased with Adelaide in mind at a little Alewives shopping adventure.
It came together so smoothly and relatively fast. I used the large size (6-8).
She waited somewhat patiently by my side as I ran it through the machine, excitedly talking about all the places she would wear it and what spring adventures we have coming up. The hat, she decided was meant to be worn to the ocean...the woods...the lake...maybe to a birthday party, but definitely to the chicken yard. "It's perfect for the chickens, Mama, you've gotta admit that." she said, remembering my frequent plea to keep just one - just one! - pair of shoes free of the chicken yard.
Wearing a sun hat might be a little bit premature here when woolens are still where it's at (for the rest of us). But then again, when you're five and brave and impervious to the cold and it's purple? Well, then it's the perfect hat for right now...and yes, my girl, it's definitely a perfect hat for your chickens.