Now that last weekend's sewing project has been gifted to J___ C____ at her 2nd birthday party, I can reveal that it is a very girly jumper. My mom made a matching hat and handbag, to complete the summer ensemble. Despite the pain that it is clearly giving J____ to fake smile for the photo above, she seemed to like it. I'm not sure yet how it fits, because someone refused to try it on when we arrived for her party, but I think it should be fine--a little more full-length than expected, but not drag-on-the-ground long. The pattern for the jumper and hat is the Little Vintage Jumper from Favorite Things. It's a good pattern--very clear, right amount of detail, not a lot of pattern pieces. I love that the facings under the buttons on the front and the back are part of the main pieces, rather than separate pieces that have to be cut and sewn.
One thing that I think I should start doing is reading through patterns and finishing all of the raw edges that need to be finished first--it annoys me a little to keep switching back and forth between zig-zag and straight stitching, I inevitably end up doing one or the other in the wrong place.
The real highlight of the birthday party was the cake that J___'s mom made. The Teddy Grahams in bikinis totally crack me up:
That bear in the mask on the front creeps me out a little--what is he staring at, anyway?