When I started to get really into sewing as an adult and young mother, one of my friends said that she appreciated my newfound interest, but that if I started sewing jumpers for myself she was cutting me off. That was just in too deep.
Who then would expect it would be so hard to find a jumper pattern? I looked through every single one of my Ottobre magazines, my Japanese sewing books, my pattern stash and finally Etsy, with very little success. The fact that 'jumper' means 'sweater' in British English did not help matters when searching online. Dan then suggested Pinterest (Of course! Major loss of sewing street cred for me there!) and I finally did find this pattern, which I altered pretty significantly to look like this.
I had envisioned pairing it with leggings and a fitted tshirt underneath, but it was over 80F (27C) yesterday so Tia wanted to wear it alone.
This fabric was given to me by Elvelyckan Designs and man, is it good stuff. While I cannot attest to how it will wash and wear long-term yet, it is the best jersey I have ever worked with. It's so soft and stretchy with great recovery, but it doesn't curl. I actually stopped sewing mid-project to look up the details of this fabric, because I was so impressed with it. It's 95% organic cotton and 5% spandex. It's priced similarly to Lillestoff so it is not inexpensive, but the quality is top notch. I couldn't have been happier with it. This isn't paid or sponsored or anything like that - just my own opinion.
Tia has been practicing making shadow puppets with her fingers, which is just so adorable to me.
And speaking of adorable, I kind of can't handle Hazel's turkey tail. It's the mother of all turkey tails.
Yesterday Hazel was wearing this little lamb hat and Indigo said, in all seriousness, "Mom, when you look at her, she just looks so cute. You would never guess she can be such a stinker."
And I just had to laugh! Toddlers sure are cute, but yes, also a handful! She's equal parts darling and mischievous and we all love her so!