Now that the days are warming up (recent cold snaps excepted) there’s a need for a Spring wardrobe, especially for Alice who has grown a lot since last Spring. Here’s how she looked in October last year.
Pre-walking, still chubby, still at that age where you could put her on a blanket and she wouldn’t go tearing off to the nearest, most dangerous attraction (water, the road, something she could climb).
I take my contribution to the wardrobe of my nieces and nephews pretty seriously, as you well know. I’m cursing myself for not getting photos of the first pair of PJ bottoms I made for Willem recently. He loved them and will now receive more! And Alice of course has been the recipient of lots of lovely dresses, cardigans etc.
Now she can add shorts to her wardrobe after I made this lovely pair of fully reversible shorts last week. We spent the whole day together yesterday while her parents moved house and after she found a bucket of rain water and doused herself in it, she needed a change of clothes. The spare clothes her mum packed were all far too warm for the day so it was time to get the newly made shorts out.
Here is the brown/pink side.
And here, with some difficulty because she was playing and not in the mood for changing the shorts around (can you tell from the photo? She’s glaring at me isn’t she?) is the brown/green side.
What fun these were to make! The pattern is the Betsey Shorts (which is for boys and girls) from Nanoo Children Designs on Etsy and fits in beautifully with my current love of all things reversible.
Two things to note about these shorts. Firstly, why I called them Tombliboo Shorts. Actually Fee called them that when she first saw them. They look, on the spotty side, like shorts worn by characters on that vaguely annoying but ultimately cute and harmless tv show (in my view! Many hate it!) In the Night Garden.
The Tombliboos look like this.
I guess Fee means the one with the brown shorts. They are similar! And so they will now be known as the Tombliboo Shorts.
Which brings me to the fabric. Fans of Amy Butler will have picked it right away as being hers. On both sides. Am I crazy for using fancy Amy Butler fabric for a pair of shorts that she will outgrow in no time and made filthy by playing and eating? I don’t think so. I had two pieces just big enough for these shorts – I could have made a bag or something but thought the pieces I had would look great as shorts.
And they do!