Back in the summer, my grand plans for a birthday present for Rebecca called for making a complete outfit - with a sweater, a top, pants, and a patchwork blanket (why not?). Little by little, however, I shed some of those ideas. The first to go was the patchwork blanket, which didn't progress much beyond cutting up some fabric scraps . . . Then I downscaled the top to a store-bought blouse decorated with some pretty embroidery of my own, and eventually dropped the embroidery.
But I did make a sweater and pants for Rebecca's birthday, which is the better part of an outfit, right?
The sweater is Camilla Kid by Carrie Bostick Hoge, which I'd made previously with some random yarn, and which I really wanted to knit again with the proper Quince & Co yarn that the pattern calls for. Mission accomplished: it's a beautiful pattern, but because I was knitting it for the second time, I added some modifications to make it more interesting, and worked out two smaller repeats of the central fan pattern on the sleeves. Feels like a real success.
The pants are Oliver + S After school pants, which I had also made once before in a smaller size, as travel pants for our trip to the US two summers ago. Two years later, I still love the pattern, but I found that the relaxed fit style looks a little too baggy. So next time – for her ninth birthday? together with that famous patchwork blanket? – I will attempt to change the sewing pattern, to make the legs slimmer.
For now, though, the "almost" birthday outfit I made with fabric and yarn, sewing machine and knitting needles - fewer 'ingredients' than orginally planned, but with so much love - is just perfect.
For bouncing on the big bed, for example.
And for climbing rocks at the sea shore.