Irrelevant photo. Teddy admiring Grumpa Rog's motorbike (one of several).
Planning my own winter wardrobe last week got me thinking about what the boys needed to bulk out their wardrobes this winter. Teddy's need is greater, due to the absence of hand me downs in his life. And so, I have created a list that bears absolutely no relation to the amount of free time I actually have.
This is what I'd like to make for Teddy before the cold season really hits:
- Lined trousers. He had some lovely cosy ones last winter that he wore practically every day, but they now hover somewhere around mid-calf length. I'm thinking of adapting and sizing up the quick change trousers from Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner, but I'm open to other pattern suggestions.
- Colourwork sweater. The one from This month's list.
- T-shirts, a handful thereof. I'd love to make some in super cool colours, but am rather obliged by budget constraints (and the look on Adam's face when yet more fabric enters our house) to use up my stash of random jerseys and thrifted men's t-shirts first. Incidentally, does anyone have any top tips for hemming jersey without a coverstitch machine? I just can't settle on a good technique.
- A waterproof hat, using (for the billionth time) the bucket hat pattern from Little Things to Sew and some laminate fabric.
- Knitted socks. Lots of cosy knitted socks.
- Pyjamas. I have a whole load of brushed cotton ready to go, and I'm holding out great hopes for the pyjama pattern in Sewing for Boys (which should be arriving any day now. Hooray!)
- A dressing gown (robe) for staying cosy in winter. With fuel prices the way they ae I think I'm going to be insisting on a bare minimum of 14 layers before I'll agree to turn the heating on this winter.
- Woolly hat, mittens and scarf. Although last year's scarf might actually still be up to the job.
And this is what else he needs to complete his wardrobe. I may need to admit defeat and buy some of these:
- Another sweater. He currently has a whopping one sweater that fits (this one, as it happpens. Turns out my fit prediction was right, even though he's actually been wearing it all year). I'd like to knit one, but am aware that there's optimism and then there's just plain silly. And you haven't even seen Jasper's list yet.
- Wellies. I am prepared to accept not making these. I have found the perfect ones online with pull on handles, just need to measure Teddy's feet again before ordering (the child just keeps growing)
- Some heavy weight trousers, probably involving a synthetic fabric in some way, for nursery. His (Montessori) nursery are big into being outdoors whenever possible, so he needs some warm but easy to care for clothes for nursery that won't wear out in one second flat
- Proper winter waterproofs (trousers and coat). For aforementioned outdoorsy nursery, and for our own reasonably free range lifestyle. Any brand recommendations very welcome! I've heard that the various Scandinavian makes are best (if there's one thing they know about, it's cold winters!
Um. Optimistic? Definitely. Realistic? Not even a tiny bit. Never mind, the hand making police probably won't come and arrest me if I end up buying more than I make. It's nice to dream.
I've got something to show you tomorrow that I've been saving up all week, and I'll put my ever-so-slightly-optimistic list for Jasper up on Thursday.