So, this post has been on the burner for a while, waiting for April 24th when it is the marvelous Lucy’s first birthday and she has opened her present. Of course, Lucy doesn’t read blogs yet, but her mum, Bree, does, and while the present is for Lucy, the surprise is for Bree.
I went to primary school with Bree, and her younger sister Sophie was usually in my class. When I was pregnant and had moved to Paekakariki, through the wonders of Facebook Bree contacted me and said, ‘You are pregnant? And living in Paekak? I too am pregnant and living in Paekak!’ And thus our little home birth water babies came into this world, three months apart. And so, to Lucy’s present.
I’d been wanting to try out this pattern for a while, and this turquoise corduroy seemed appropriate. I ummed and ahhed for too long over what to line it with, wanting to cut up a blue sheet we use on our bed. It was in use, however, so I settled once again on this green polka dot fabric, knowing I’ll probably never make anything for myself with it. It was a pretty easy thing to make, I just took extra care since it was for someone else, and lined it to cover the tracks of my (tears) overlocker-less-ness.
I’m hoping Bree is actually able to get it onto Lucy without too much trouble – the arm holes and neck hole seem ridiculously small by comparison with its actual size – though what that is I do not know. The child in the illustration is standing – does that make them one or two? And with the toasty snugness of corduroy, I just hope it fits Lucy at the right time of year, rather than in December.
And now you may admire my stitches, bitches. My methods of lining the garment were probably rather unorthodox, but so be it. I finished it, it’s neat and tidy, my fingertips survived, that’s what counts, right?
BUT this may all have ended in tragedy – I posted the parcel on Monday, handing the package directly to the postman as he cleared the postbox, and it has not yet turned up at its destination. Sigh. Happy Birthday Lucy!