Making Loud Sixties Jumpers for People Too Young to Object

by Katherine on May 30, 2011 · 7 comments

in 1960s,Kids

A little memorial day sewing. I took this handmade (not by me) version of Butterick 4699, elegantly modeled by my husband:

…and this 1968 toddler pattern:


…to create this unfeasibly large jumper and hat for 8 month old Mrs Baby.

Tragically I seem to have miscalculated her size by a factor of three, so she’s not going to be able to wear this properly until she puts on about five pounds….mostly in her head.

This picture taken during the fitting to see where I should hem it. I haven’t found any appropriately overstated buttons, so for now she’s held together with hair clips.

Update: many months later, she’s now big enough to fit into it. In the preceeding months, however, there has been a marked change in her opinion of her mother’s talents:

I hate my hat

I hate my hat

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Helen May 31, 2011 at 5:13 am

Haha, this is so adorable and you write about it in a really funny way.
I think the final dress is great and at least you know that being a baby she'll be able to wear it in about a month – gives you time to get some huge buttons, and maybe pad the hat?
It's refreshing to see a little girl in something other than pink too. Very cute.
Helen

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Lisette May 31, 2011 at 7:10 am

Love the husband modeling! Also, I agree with Helen; I hated pink as a little girl.

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Z May 31, 2011 at 7:18 am

Why is it, the people who really ought to have a blog, don't? And vice versa?

Fabulous!

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Retro-Couture May 31, 2011 at 8:22 am

Wouw she looks great!! great work!

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Christina May 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Those a great! Mad props to your husband for modeling for you. It takes a man who is truly comfortable with himself and supportive of his wife to do something like that.

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A.J.A. May 31, 2011 at 9:36 pm

What an adorable baby :) And I love the outfit!

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tammyO. June 1, 2011 at 7:33 am

hubby is a good sport! :) love the matching hat, she looks adorable!

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