Last year for Mother’s Day Papa gave me a gift card to our favourite little book store. I had been eyeing Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings and was thrilled to have the perfect means to pick it up! I’ve made a couple of things thus far…I started out with the Mariposa Dress & Tunic and the Quick Change Trousers (see notes at bottom for both of these).
Then I tackled the Baby-in-the-Hood hooded jacket. I think likely my most complicated project to date. I am so thrilled with the way it has turned out!
I thought the bright bird print fabric (‘It’s A Hoot’ by MoMo for Moda Fabrics) would be perfect for spring. The accent fabric is plain dark brown quilting cotton and the entire little jacket is lined with a cozy chocolate brown flannel.
The two buttons were purchased in Portland, Oregon last summer.
I highly recommend the pattern, and suspect that this will not be the only jacket of its sort in Mausi’s collection for long! I hope she will get some good wear out of it this spring.
Notes on the other two patterns:
I made the tunic version of the Mariposa Dress & Tunic, but unfortunately, due to pattern space constraints I imagine, the small/medium was too large. I fixed it a little, but being inexperienced with adjusting patterns I couldn’t get it right. I still wear it, and am happy with it, but it is a little big and somewhat wonky.
For the Quick Change Trousers I followed Sew Liberated Meg’s suggestions on how to make them fit over a cloth bum. These we’ve been very happy with, and as I made them a size too large last summer Mausi is still able to wear them now!
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