Thursday, February 26, 2015

Getting Back on Track: February Mystery Challenge!

Mystery Challenge is back! Amy (Friends Stitched Together) keeps letting me play along, and I got my theme from her again! Nursery Rhymes! It's perfect, since Baby Ethan just joined us in December - the added challenge was sewing something for him. Who fits Nursery Rhymes better than a baby?

All Peekaboo Pattern Shop - 4-in-1 Sunhat, Classic Oxford, Okey Dokey Overalls

I couldn't decide on a nursery rhyme - I didn't want a costume, per se. I like to go with something the kids can actually wear, and the more versatile and classic the pieces, the better. I think Little Boy Blue is perfect - the outfit as a whole evokes the whimsical side of the rhyme, but the pieces individually can be worn and swapped with other wardrobe pieces to create other outfits.

We couldn't find his sheep, but Big Sis stepped in with a small herd of cows...

What baby doesn't need an adorable sunhat? If spring would ever get here, that is...

I did my favorite fabric weaving technique. Then I stitched straight lines up and down the weaving to hold it together, and placed the fabric right side to wrong side with the lining (the cloud print). The pattern pieces were traced onto the lining, and I basted around the outside of the pieces to hold the two fabrics together. Then I ironed lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the weaving, and cut the pieces out. Ta-da! The fabrics stay together, and now I can treat the weaving as one piece! From there it's just following the pattern. :)

I love that the woven strips fray on the edges. To me, it adds to the "straw hat" feel.

Overalls are a staple in a baby's wardrobe. Or at least, they should be. Yes, they're a tad impractical (unless you add snaps, which I didn't ;) ) but they're oh so cute! I'm in the no-overalls-past-childhood camp, but I LOVE them on kids. Love them. This fabric has been in my stash for a while - it's thicker like a denim or twill, and has a little bit of texture to it.

Finally, the shirt. It's a bit more formal, but I love, love, love classic oxfords on little boys! Short sleeves would have fit the look better, but it's still chilly here so I had to go practical. Plus, you can always roll up a long sleeve!

He's all ready to go find his sheep - or take a nap. I think he'd rather do the latter, at least for now!

Here are the rest of the players this time around - check back here each day and see what all these creative bloggers came up with!

2/22: Amy – Friends Stitched Together – Arabian Nights
2/23: Alicia – Felt with Love Designs – Monochrome
2/24: Melissa – Rebel & Malice – Rockabilly
2/25: Jessica – The Berry Bunch – Black&White
2/26: Meriel - create3.5 - Nursery Rhymes
2/27: Tasha – Friends Stitched Together – The Great Barrier Reef
2/28: Maartje – Huisje Boompje Boefjes – Broadway
3/1: Jonie – Knot Sew Normal – French Revolution
3/1: Danica – The Sewing Sparrow – Nature
3/2: Starly – Sew Starly – Mythical Creatures
3/3: Fenna – FABulous Home Sewn – Jane Austen
3/4: Ula – Lulu & Celeste – Woodstock ’69
3/5: Maegen – Mae & K – 1970’s Cartoons
3/5: Sara – Made by Sara – Under the Big Top
3/6: Tisha – Milileke – WWII/1940’s
3/6: Roxanne – Pen Seb Rox – Paper Airplanes
3/7: Amanda - Mandy K Designs - Audrey Hepburn
3/8: Barbara – Country Bella – Steampunk


  1. He is just Adorable!!!!! Seriously the had reminds me of spring showers and little ducks wearing rain-boots and such... Ha! Love the outfit!!!

  2. Oh my gosh, could he be cuter??? I love his little face! The outfit is adorable on him - I'm a total sucker for babies in overalls :) Thanks for playing along with us again!