To top it all off (sorry), baby Vivian needs a bonnet. I mean, it’s Texas, there’s this thing I’ve heard of, called The Sun and it shows up there more than a couple months a year, so she needs a bonnet!
The mom’s request that started this off was actually a hat to wear home…I thought it shouldn’t be a knit – that’s possibly too warm for middle of summer in Texas. And it can’t be a sun hat – it’s hard enough to fit a tiny new baby in a carseat and in your arms without a hat with a full brim…so, bonnet it had to be.
But to find a bonnet that wasn’t Holly Hobby Hell took some doing. I bought 3 patterns, and it came down to actually making the Storybook Woods pattern from PDX local Alicia Paulson or the pattern that won out, Peak-A-Boo Reversible Sun Bonnet pattern:
It’s perfect – modern, simple, clean with a not-too-large brim.
Now, remember when I said I couldn’t possibly ask Alma to hold that baby in longer? Well, I don’t know it was that, or just plain me being sloppy, but the final product I churned out just isn’t up to my standards.
I had a problem getting the brim length the same 3/4 circumference as the back…and when I sewed it all together….I somehow did this…
Yeah. I don’t know. So, I ripped it apart, thinking I’ll just top stitch it closed since I can do that and I chose to top stitch the brim…and found I somehow did this…
Yeah. <Insert enough swearing to make a sailor blush.>
So…I’m thinking at this point that I just need to get this thing done because I don’t have time to make a whole new one. I had some more of the pink heart fabric already made into bias tape from the blanket, so thought I’d just edge the whole thing.
Not my best work. Somewhere in that whole-bias-tape-fix, the elastic in the back must have come undone or something, but it’s not there anymore…
But it sure looks cute on a geranium!
I fubared putting the ribbon in the seams, so it had to be stitched on top. Eh.
So, like I said, it’s not quite up to my standards, but it will have to do.
I can’t wait until my tomato plants get bigger…..then I can really hide a lot of sewn objects in there…
And that concludes the Vivian Baby Girl Layette!