Listen, you guys. I know it’s always “handmade this” and “handmade that” around here, but I have to tell you, sometimes you just see something at the mall and you have to buy it. It doesn’t happen much for me, as I usually a) avoid the mall at all costs and b) make everything from the snowpants to the swimsuits for the kids. But after last year’s up-until-midnight-the-night-before-Easter debaucle that resulted in NO DRESS anyway, I decided to cross “Make Easter Dress for Clementine” off the list and punt that one to the BabyGap. You heard that right. I can hear a collective gasp, but I’m going to soldier on.
It was in the sale section and I thought, good grief that’s a perfectly cute little pink dress, why not just buy it? I know this is a statement that some cannot possibly comprehend (I know. My working philosophy for years was “that a cute —, why not make it?”), but if you’ve been around here long enough you know I’m also a big fan of giving yourself a break whenever possible. So I bought the dress. It’s cute.
I decided instead that I would make a matching Easter Bonnet to go with the dress (Easter is this coming weekend for all you heathens) using my Peekaboo Bonnet pattern.
I can’t hardly believe how similar these two ended up. You would hardly know that they didn’t come together. I cut heart shaped cutouts from the pale pink cotton fabric to match those on the front of the dress and basted them to the band piece of the bonnet after I put the piping on. And it worked! Yay!! So it’s a half-win for the Handmade Easter Outfit of 2012, I guess. Now to go see if that pale pink sweater matches too…
I’ve also been noticing a ton of adorable bonnets popping up in the Rae Made Me Do It Pool and thought you should all have a look. It’s that time of year…so if your little one still needs a sunhat (or an Easter bonnet – it is such a quick sew, about a 1/2 hour once the pieces are cut out), why not give it a try?