Unfortunately I've got no big news or juicy gossip to excuse my absence. My sewing machine has been gathering dust save for a few projects here and there.
Halloween was my last big project at the sewing machine. Since this is probably the last time I can decide what costume L will wear (by next year she'll surely be much more opinionated), I brainstormed an outfit that would meet the following requirements:
- warm enough for wearing outside, and able to wear layers underneath
- minimal fuss to put on a toddler
- can be assembled using stash fabrics
Inspired by this rabbit costume I found on Etsy, I fell in love with the idea of a long sleeved bunny rabbit suit. I was browsing through some old issues of Ottobre to find a good starting point when I found the entire costume drafted for me in the form of a "piglet coverall" winter bunting, only I needed to replace the small pig ears with long bunny ears, and replace the curly tail with a white fluffball.
Ottobre Autumn 2006, pattern #5 - piglet coverall
I raided my stash and settled on some heavy grey wool jersey - the Vera Wang stuff from Fabric.com that everyone went crazy over two years ago. This fabric turned out to be much thicker than I expected, better for outerwear than a top or a dress. The floral cotton print is from a thrifted bed sheet (because don't all moms who sew and blog eventually use a thrifted bed sheet in their children's garments?).
The legs and arms ended up being really long, but nothing some foldup action couldn't solve.
I was even thinking that I could reuse the costume next year, or share it with someone else in need of a bunny costume, until I threw it in the warm wash with my other laundry and it felted into a small, stiff, sad little outfit. Good thing I only spent one night making it.