While I mostly sew for myself, I do occasionally sew for other people – especially if they are tiny.
Well, little. I don’t love sewing for newborn babies, but if you are a close friend of mine, and you have had a little girl in the last oh, 20 years or so, chances are your wee one has been given a version of McCalls 8121:
This poor, battered pattern was my Grandmothers, and ever since I inherited it I have been using it to make little frocks and bloomers for the girl toddlers in my life. It’s got duckies on it! And the girl has a kangaroo toy!
Most of the early versions of the dress I made have had the duck appliqué (after all, I do love ducks), but lately, I’ve been branching out.
Here is a recent-ish duckie one:
It’s made from the fabric that remained from making my sherbet stripes dress, and is trimmed with vintage piping, and a bit of replica 1930s floral fabric.
Here is dearest Mum-to-be opening it (with admiring audience of child guest at the baby shower):
My most recent version is not duck themed – instead, it’s got dogs and butterflies, for a friend who does fantastic work with dogs.
As soon as I saw the fabric I knew it would be perfect for her little girl.
I love that it is fun and sweet and active – let’s go run around and play with puppies and chase butterflies! I was equal parts ‘mud-pies and pretend sword fights’ and ‘sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam’ as a little kid, and I think that exploring both something every child should have the chance to do. I KNOW that the mother of this little girl is definitely going to be giving her daughter every opportunity to be awesome at whatever she is interested in.
It’s fun to sew something that’s a little out of my normal range, and that I can be a bit silly and cute with.
Don’t get too excited about being my friend though – I was so slow and behind with this that the recipient was almost too big by the time it was finished!