101in1001 #2

Make Isla an item of clothing #101in1001

Make Isla an item of clothing #101in1001

I’ve had a sewing machine for a good few years now. And much to the annoyance of my Mum and brother I haven’t used it all that much. I think I lack the space, and time without a small child around these days, to use it. Quite a few years ago I planned to start making a quilt out of old t-shirts Chris and I had from the many many gigs we went to as teenagers. But I am embarrassed to say it has never got any further than this. It is on my list again this time to at least start making the quilt,and to actually finish it before I’m 40.

And so, one thing that I was keen to do was to make Isla an item of clothing. Both my Grandmas, and my Mum have knitted Isla bits for when she was a baby. And my lovely friend, Roo, made Isla a dress as well for when she was dinky. So, I decided I had to at least give it a go.

Make Isla an item of clothing #101in1001

Isla is still, mostly, in sleepbags at bed time. Although she does tend to like taking herself out of them, no matter where the zips and fastenings are, this girl has figured out how to get out of a sleepbag! Just call her Houdini! I’ve found over the last 2 years that the majority of sleepbags available on the market are usually around 2.5 togs. Which in a house like ours, which struggles to get cool in the summer, is far too thick. Any thin togged sleepbags are from well-known baby clothes shops, and you can spend anywhere between £25-40 on them. Which in my mind is far too much money, for something they may not sleep in for long.

So I did a bit of searching for ideas online, and found this one from One Little Project. Some of the instructions I couldn’t always figure out, and so I just blagged a fair bit of it, but I think on the whole it worked out alright…as long as you don’t look closely at the neckline and sleeves!!

Make Isla an item of clothing #101in1001

Isla definitely seems to love it. As soon as she saw it, she knew it was a ‘bag’, even though it was draped over the stair gate at the time. She even decided she wanted to get in it before she’d had her bath, and zipped it all the way up. I have to admit though, for the first week after I finished making it, she did take herself out of the bag and fall asleep without it on for 6 out of the first 7 nights! However, when she wakes up in the morning, and we bring her through to our room for a cuddle, she insists we bring her bag with her, even if she hasn’t slept in it all night!

Make Isla an item of clothing #101in1001

So maybe my next task should be to either start making this quilt, or another of my goals on my 40 before I’m 40 is to make myself an item of clothing. Any suggestions?

Check out my whole list on this post. If you’d like to see how I’m progressing with all my other tasks, then have a look at my list on the Day Zero Project site

Make Isla an item of clothing #101in1001

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