It wasn’t something that I expected to find on my sewing table. A tiny bunny, complete with little felt lace-up boots, a gingham shirt and trousers? It’s not what I usually choose to sew. But when a friend tells you that’s what she wants for her baby shower, you make it!
I saw Alicia Paulson’s adorable bunny kits and patterns when she first came out with them, and alright, maybe I was looking for an excuse to buy one. The pattern was easy to put together, and I really enjoyed sewing the tiny clothes. I honestly thought I’d be a lot faster at sewing this bunny. It took a lot of time because I wanted my stitches to be as miniature and perfect as possible.
I didn’t change anything about the patterns, except that I made the bunny ears longer, and I also stitched around the shirt buttonholes, instead of only using a seam sealant on them. I love him so much!
The hardest part to sew was the tiny boots. I don’t think I was holding the little shoe pieces together correctly. I didn’t overlap the top part of the boot over the bottom part, which I think would have looked better. Next time!
Overall, I’d say this little cutie was a success. But I’m not here to show you, “Oh, look, everything I make always goes to according plan.” NOPE. Not at all, not one bit.
I’ve been going through some of my older works in progress this month, and trying to decide which ones to move forward on, and which ones to pitch. For a few of them, the future doesn’t look too good. The first one I’ve decided to sacrifice is my Brandywine Shawl. This shawl was my first time attempting to follow a charted lace pattern, and it’s AWFUL. I almost didn’t want to share pictures, because I’m kind of ashamed of how much time I went ahead and wasted on it, even after seeing my glaringly obvious mistakes.
I told myself it would all disappear when I blocked it. Right! Yeah! No one will even notice!
“Oh… no. No, that won’t work,” she said.
I stuffed it back into its project bag and now I need to frog it. I hate to do it because I spent soo much time on it, but I can’t get away with it as it is. I guess the lesson learned is that I can’t drink wine, watch Downtown Abbey and follow a knitting chart at the same time. Try again, right?