Being she is our fourth girl, the clothes we have had stored away for her are largely in rough shape. My kids are so hard on their clothes! She really does need a few new things. So when I do sew for her, I try to look for patterns that pack a lot of punch on the cute scale and that I know I can dress her in again and again.
This one is a Simplicity 9830, a vintage pattern I found on Etsy. I sewed it up in this cotton linen chambray by Robert Kaufman.
I'll be honest and say I always feel a bit apprehensive when sewing vintage or big box patterns. And this one was no exception. Mostly, I have found that the sizing can be way off. (Except for Burda patterns. Their pattern grading is great, in my opinion.)
The pattern size range was listed as 1/2-4. Hazel measured an inch smaller than the 1/2 size for the chest and waist measurements. But there was no height measurement listed. And what the heck does "1/2" even mean? My best guess was 6 months, but this one almost fit Iris (who's nearly 4 1/2!) when I was done with it.
I end up taking the whole thing apart, changing the shape of the yoke and shaving off about a 1/2 inch of the main fabric on both sides.
I really love the four little pleats right under the yoke.
The overalls are meant to be rolled at the bottom. I like that detail. I think it looks cute, and it means she will be able to wear them for a really long time.
I shortened the straps by about 2 inches, but I left them uncut, hidden inside the yoke, in case I ever want to lengthen them.
This one ended up being a lot of work, but I do feel it was totally worth it. I think it's adorable on her.
When Hazel wears the overalls with a shirt underneath, the kids call her "Farmer Hazel."
It's so great watching her little personality emerge. She is talking a lot, which is so much fun! I mentioned in my last post about Hazel that she started talking in complete sentences. That was a first for us. Instead of saying "Mama" she says, "I want Mama!" She says, "I want water!" instead of just "water." (And yes, we are now working on 'please', too!) ;)
When we tell her about something, she looks very engaged and says, Ohhhhhh. If it's something interesting or exciting she gives us a breathy, Oh, wow! Anytime I tell her "no" she asks "Why?" in a way that resembles Little Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
She loves books, music and dancing. She gets into e v e r y t h i n g! We have to paracord our dining room chairs together or she will move them around and climb on top of our counters like a little billy goat. And she doesn't need a lot of sleep.
Her nickname morphed from Hazey Mae to Hay-Hay and now to Haystack.
She always has a turkey tail.
And she is really, deeply loved.