I’m back from my little sabbatical with a grumpy girl in a jumpsuit. A Pink Elephant Jumpsuit.
While I was away, I painted seven rooms and two stairways/hallways in my house, including trim and doors. I cleaned out about 30 garbage bags of junk, donating most and trashing the rest. I redecorated five rooms and cleaned out four closets. I sewed curtains and pillows, and even a quilt. I read almost a dozen books and watched an indulgent amount of TV and movies. It was a much needed break and I feel fantastic. But I am super excited to get back to sewing and sharing. I think it’s good to get away from the routine every once in a while and reevaluate and reprioritize.
It’s Kids’ Clothes Week: Spring this week, and the timing is perfect to jump back into garment sewing. Ivy finally had a growth spurt, and the spring and summer wardrobe she’s been wearing for the past two years is mostly outgrown. So this week is going to be mostly about outfitting The Girl, starting with a little Pink Elephant jumpsuit.
The theme for Kids Clothes Week this round is Wild Thing. Elephants are wild, right? The fabric is from Funkalicious Fabrics, by Baby Nay. I bought some of this fabric from another source years ago, to make cloth diapers for a friend’s baby girl. I loved it then, and I love it now. It’s a great quality baby rib, with such a pretty, fun print. I was super excited when I saw it at Funkalicious. It was great for the body of the jumpsuit. But I also used it for the binding, and I don’t feel like it worked as well for that.
The pattern is from Ottobre 3/2015, #14 Passerine Jersey Jumpsuit. It has no closures; the wearer steps into the jumpsuit through the neckline, and then pulls the entire thing up, in kind of an awkward way. It’s probably a horrible choice for a three year old, but it’s just so dang cute! Fashion is sacrifice. It has some fun design elements, like front and back pleats and hip pockets. (also note my daughter’s beautiful body art. She’s opening up her own tattoo shop soon)
And then a sweet drop-back with a band bridging the shoulders. Ivy measures just less than 92cm in height, the smallest the pattern runs. But she is also very slight, so the jumpsuit is wide on her. It also doesn’t help that I used the baby-rib fabric of the main jumpsuit, for the binding as well. I think if I had used a cuff rib, it would have brought things up and together more. Next time.
Jumpsuit: Ottobre 3/2015, #14 Passerine Jersey Jumpsuit, size 92cm. Fabric is by Baby Nay from Funkalicious Fabrics
Sandals: Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe The Original Sandal (affiliate link)