Happy New Year, readers! My 2012 was ... how shall we say?... eventful. Packed with big changes and, hmmm ... adjustments. It was not all bad, of course. There were many wonderful additions (my beautiful Dragon baby Maggie!) as well as some more difficult challenges. But it was not smooth sailing.
In other words, 2012 kicked my ass out of its nice comfortable rut. This was positive in many ways. It probably needed to happen. Change is good! But, oh, that rut was so, so comfortable, you guys.
Moving on. I have one New Year's Resolution: Relax! We'll see how that goes, what with the new job, new baby, etc.
Anyhoo. Major milestone here, folks: Maggie's first outfit from an oliver + s pattern. That's right, she finally fits their 6-12 month range (more or less), which means I can start sewing up an o + s storm for her. It has been really chilly in Oakland lately, so I started out with some soft, warm knits, making her a Hopscotch Top and Nature Walk Pants.
Maggie was super smiley for this photo shoot, except when I actually pointed the camera at her. So it goes.
I've made quite a few pairs of Nature Walk pants now. It was actually the first pattern I ever tried with knits (and it was right around the time of the last "apocalypse" too)! It is such an easy pattern, a great place to start with knits, and I love the yoga pants styled waistband and slightly flared leg. I need this pattern in my size, I would practically live in these pants. These ones ended up a bit long for Maggie, but she's growing fast, so I didn't bother to shorten them.
This was my first time sewing the Hopscotch Top, however. I've had my eye on this pattern for years now, but when I had a little girl, I knew I had to have it. It's cute and a little feminine, but comfy and practical too. It went together quickly and smoothly. I initially cut it out as a dress, but opted to chop it down to a top. Dresses just aren't very practical for almost-six-month-olds who are just learning to scoot around the floor a bit. But I will definitely be making some dresses from this pattern in the future (also the skirt!).
My only (mild) criticism of the pattern, at least in Maggie's size, is that the neckline is kind of plunging? Which is really pretty silly and adorable on such a small, chubby baby. But I would prefer the neckline to be a little higher, and next time I make it, I may redraft the front yoke pieces a bit and see whether I can't raise it a bit.
Oops, I'm too distracted by how adorable that baby is to come up with a good conclusion to this post! Mmmmm. Cheeks!