I promised a proper blog post on Elma’s latest wardrobe additions.
These latest finished projects (“for there are several” – shades of Mr Collins, I know), are probably the first time I’ve had an entire outfit in my mind; usually it’s a cardie that I want to knit, or a dress to sew, and then I have to go furreting in the bags of Kitty’s old clothes to find the tights or the trousers that kind of sort of match, but this time I had it all planned out.
It started with the cardigan – Temari from Fyberspates Scrumptious Baby Collection and two skeins of that gorgeously warming gold wool/silk that were snuggly souvenirs from our trip to Bath last April. I’ve had the book since Elma was just a bump, and I’ve every intention of knitting through it start to finish – I just need to get a wriggle on because the sizes only go up to 24 months, and my little girl is on a definite growth spurt!
And then, after spending far too much time looking at pictures on Pinterest and gently drooling at Bonpoint’s website, I had this vision of a little Liberty print sprigged blouse underneath and cosy cord trousers just perfect for crawling and trying to climb the stairs.
The print is Betsy, in Tana lawn which is soft and fluid and everything you could want it to be, and absolutely perfect for little girl’s clothes. If the blouse looks slightly familiar it should; it’s view B of the Oliver + S Family Reunion pattern that I used for Kitty’s Birthday Dress, with all the same little finishing touches that I put into the dress; French seams at the sides, bias binding to encase the sleeve seams, and not a raw edge in sight.
For the front I found four teeny tiny pale blue buttons, and for the back a soft teal version of the pink spotty buttons that I used on Elma’s Music Box dress way back in the summer. It seems I’m more than a little consistent when it comes to button choices, and more importantly they also come in pale Cornish blue which I have a strange feeling will turn out to be just perfect for the birthday dress for a tiny someone currently under construction on my ironing board.
The trousers are an old favourite, the reversible Quick Change trousies from Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings book. My pattern envelope at the back of that book is bursting with little scraps of pattern on baking paper, I’ve traced it out in so many sizes through the years, and with good reason, I love the construction and the finish of these trousers.
I doubt Elma’s going to be wearing them Liberty print out, but it makes the inside all soft and silky on delicate skin, and I am unashamed about the matchy matchy turn ups – I think they’re just the cutest!
And with a bit of luck, that growth spurt will be gentle enough that they’ll all fit for a good few weeks or maybe even months to come. Fingers crossed. Because at the speed that I sew, she needs to last out until at least Easter!