Once your kid starts having clear opinions about what she does and does not want to wear, sewing becomes more of a challenge — am I right?? You may have the most fabulous idea for a new project that is (in your mind) perfect for your kid, taking her tastes and interest into account. You show her the fabric and the pattern, and she is excited about it. You sew it and proudly present it to an anxiously anticipating child . . . only to have her say “meh”.
This is one of those times.
A brief history . . .
Kiki is a big Mo Willems fan. Who isn’t, really? (For those of you not in the know, Mo Willems writes awesome and hilarious books for kids.) She loves how the pigeon from bus driving fame tends to appear in his other books. We’ll be reading Knuffle Bunny (another Willems classic) and she’ll see that pigeon cleverly hidden on the t-shirt of a minor character and will exclaim exuberantly “There’s our friend the PIGEON!” Imagine my joy when I saw that Cloud 9 released a line of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus fabric, in several different coordinating prints, no less. I planned the outfit months ago and waited for warmer weather. Finally, the time had come . . .
I decided on the Badminton Top and Lazy Days Skirt by Oliver & S. I’ve been wanting to make a Badminton Top for the longest time, and this seemed like the perfect way to use the main pigeon fabric with the feather print as a complement on the flutter sleeves and drawstring detail. The Lazy Days Skirt has long been a favorite, so it seemed like a no brainer (especially since I could use the same ribbon I used for the drawstring on the top for the ribbon hem on the skirt).
When Kiki saw the finished product, she said, “You know Mom, I really only like bright colors. Maybe I’ll wear this another day.” This is her very polite, four year old way of saying — this is never going to be worn, Mom. Ah well. Who knew that the pigeons would be just too gray?? She was gracious enough to put it on for photos, with the promise of an extra treat.
For the top, I cut a size 3 width and a size 4 length, which is usually a good fit for the 4 year old Kiki. This one turned out to be a little roomy — so maybe she’ll be more inclined to wear it after growing a bit.
Despite its lack of brightness, Kiki still found this outfit conducive to backyard roller coaster riding and basil tasting on this particular afternoon.
I’m happy to report, however, that the skirt has been worn several times with other tops. So I can be happy about that.