The seasons are changing here and the warm weather is moving in. So it was serendipitous and meant to be when Jen sent me her Lea + Lars sunbonnet pattern. Time for a new hat!
I actually have not been sewing patterns for other people in recent months because our home life schedule is already so full. Also I got behind on my personal projects for awhile. But I did make an exception for this project because it was just so darn adorable and we really needed one.
Hazel has pale, almost translucent, skin. And she is the only one of my girls with blue eyes - another reason I wanted to protect her from the sun. On our morning walks she had been burying her face into my chest because I think the bright Texas sun was a little too intense for her. So this bonnet was the perfect fit for her (literally and metaphorically).
The bonnet is reversible and the finishing is great on both sides. I used a cream linen for one side and a floral for the other. I can't remember where I bought the floral, but it feels like a voile and the salvage says Angel Cheek collection by Yuwa.
I got the idea to add piping to the bonnet after seeing Gail's adorable version here. Doesn't Gail have such great taste?! That's obviously rhetorical.
I thought this bonnet was especially cute with the back cinched as tightly as possible. I tried it on for fit and then stitched the casing just behind the opening on each side to keep it permanently cinched like this.
Since posting more on Instagram, I missed my 7 month post for Hazel.
She's 7 1/2 months old now and is such a love. She conquered crawling and is on to the next thing : pulling up to a stand and starting to cruise furniture.
A week before she turned 7 months old, she started waving "hi" (I posted a little video of it here). I just couldn't believe it. My other babies were more like 10 months old when they started waving. But sure enough, it was true! The kids tease and call her a show off because she waves at everyone she sees.
Jude taught her the sign for 'fan' and 'light' and she tries to do to the signs when she sees lights or fans.
big brother extraordinaire
She also tries to imitate the kids when they play rock-paper-scissors. It's so adorable.
I'm 34 but Dan is 46 and we had read this study online which claimed that, supposedly, older dads have babies who are less smart. (Although, apparently, according to other studies moms over 35 have the smartest babies? So go figure!) Anyway, whenever Hazel learns something new, Indigo jokes "In your face, Internet!" haha
I say, let's hear it for older dads. I guess I shouldn't generalize, but Dan is incredible. In addition to being so wise and interesting (two of the reasons I fell so hard for him!) he also has the life experience to know how quickly the time goes. So he really, thoroughly enjoys them and is so gentle and patient with them. Every day he tells them how much he loves them. He was a great dad in his 30s but is an even better dad in his 40s. I tell him he's like fine wine; he only gets better with age! :) Our kids are so blessed to have him!