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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One Response to Handmade Beginnings ~ Mausi-in-the-Hood

  1. Heather says:

    I had no idea you were so talented with fabrics, Belinda. This is a very sweet jacket.

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