Lily Bunny

Bunny Sweater (ottobre) and Hosh Pants by Adirondack InspiredAfter a couple of years of sewing, I realize that I’m kind of bad at both sewing without deadlines and sewing those basic, everyday items.  I would have purchased a few things I’ve sewn over the years, but not much.  Some of this is because I’ve had to grow–in both skill and aesthetic, but some of it is because I seemed to sew for deadlines a lot.  Pattern testing or tours.  Testing means I don’t want to necessarily use the best fabric (but then I never wind up making a second version), and pattern tours mean I’m caught up in trying to impress.  And, oy, when I sew to impress is when I’m at my WORST!

So this year (I realize we’re 3/4ths into the year, but September will always feel like a beginning), I’m going to try to plan a little more (or at all) and try to sew some items I want to reach for again and again.  Like this! Bunny Sweater (ottobre) and Hosh Pants by Adirondack Inspired

The top is a pattern from an Ottobre magazine.  It’s supposed to have welt pockets, but I was just looking for a basic sweatshirt.  The pants are my beloved Hosh Pants pattern.  This girl has had 2 other pair of Hosh’s that she’s worn to death, so I knew they would be a wardrobe winner.  I swapped the waistband for some ribbed knit with wide elastic inside.  Comfy and easy.  Can’t squeeze that belly any more than necessary, after all.  Bunny Sweater (ottobre) and Hosh Pants by Adirondack Inspired

I embroidered a little bunny face on the front because…um, cute.  It’s hand embroidered, not machine, but that’s probably obvious.  Ha.  It’s far from perfect, but I like that about it, I think you can get away with clueless hand embroidery because it just equals charm.  Bunny Sweater (ottobre) and Hosh Pants by Adirondack Inspired Bunny Sweater (ottobre) and Hosh Pants by Adirondack Inspired

The sleeves are a bit too long and the shirt a little too short, but it all works.  The fabric is from Jo Ann’s, and I want to use it to make me something as well, even at the risk of mother/daughter matchy matchy.  The pants are a snakeskin print stretch twill (or something, that’s just what I’m calling it) from Jo Ann’s as well.  It’s the type of fabric I’ve used for every pair of Hosh pants and it works perfectly.  Bunny Sweater (ottobre) and Hosh Pants by Adirondack Inspired Bunny Sweater (ottobre) and Hosh Pants by Adirondack InspiredThis week it is surprisingly hot and humid for September in the Adirondacks, so she won’t be wearing them to school this week, but I have a feeling they will be in heavy rotation for her first year of school.  She calls the bunny face a kitty cat and has asked me to add a smile.  I’m thinking about it, but I rather like melancholy bunny.Bunny Sweater (ottobre) and Hosh Pants by Adirondack InspiredSo what about you other sewers?  Do your kids wear out what you make for them or no?  Do you find yourself sewing one and dones?  (as in worn in the photoshoot and never again!?)  Do share.

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  • Reply Angela September 8, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Well lucky for me my blog is small and meaningless so I have resisted the urge to sew one and dones pretty well. There are a few things that haven’t been worn much and that’s OK too. I still learned a new skill or something making it – I hope. ;-) and probably the financial investment was small anyway.

    This is a very cute outfit that is also practical so its a total win in my book.

  • Reply Mie September 8, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Maaaan, I love this outfit! She is is just awwwww!!! And yes one of the many reasons that I stopped participating in series was because I ended up making too many ‘specialty’ items that rarely got worn. And luckily I do not need deadlines to get things done….quite the contrary actually. Everyday clothes is definitely the most fun thing to sew for me.

  • Reply naehconnection September 14, 2015 at 4:31 am

    That sweater doesn’t look like a blah every day item, yet it’s totally wearable and fun. You should do more sewing like this. It looks fantastic!

  • Reply kristin September 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Arg this is soooo cute! I like the “cropped sweatshirt” look! I need to make Em a sweatshirt with a kitty cat face, she’d die.

    That JoAnn stretch twill is good stuff – I used it for a pair of small fry skinny jeans for O’s Luke Skywalker costume last year and they fit him so well. You can make slim pants that still stretch. NICE.

  • Reply inesmelo.lafolie November 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

    How did I miss this? <3 That fabric is gorgeous. I love it all so much! Your embroidery seems pretty perfect to me! And that girl… <3 <3 <3

  • Reply inesmelo.lafolie November 17, 2015 at 10:57 am

    And yep the girls were what I make them all the time. :D

    • Reply inesmelo.lafolie November 17, 2015 at 10:58 am

      wear not were hahah and I love your line on readers who comment… :D

  • Reply Lucinda November 25, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Do you remember what Ottobre issue this sweatshirt is from? It’s exactly the shape I”m looking for! I have a few issues, so crossing my fingers it’s one I already have. If not, there’s always The Christmas List! You did a great job – thanks for sharing!

  • Reply makingtales December 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    How damn adorable could any sweater be? I live in a very hot and humid place all year round so sadly sweaters for me aren’t a reality I can see just yet. How sweet it would be sewing for littlies.

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