This idea sounded so fun I had to jump on board! So what five acorns has Secret Squirrel left in August?
1 - Tangerine. 2 -Patch. 3 - Anne of Green Gables. 4 - Australia. 5 - Something old.
So, While she was sleeping, I accepted Secret Squirrel's challenge and created a new outfit for my Little Monkey. What do you think?
I used Sophia Tunic pattern by Sew Sweet Patterns. I made the tunic shorter and the sleeves longer. The tunic is a tiny bit too big, but it should fit Little Monkey just right when it finally gets warmer. It is still wooly jumper weather in my corner of the world.
My Little Monkey is really enjoying pockets at the moment. She will pick an old worn out item that has pockets over something cute without them. Go figure! In this case my daughter's newest craze corresponded with one of Secret Squirrel's acorns - 'patch'. I added a patch pocket.
I didn't want a plain pocket, but I was not sure if making something 'out there' would suit a simple style of the tunic. I cut out a wide rounded pocket and kept on folding fabric this way and that until I was happy with the way it looked. I had to use piping to help it stand out. Besides, piping is my newest craze and I felt the urge to satisfy it.
The third acorn of inspiration was 'Anne of Green Gables'. I don't really know anything about Anne of Green Gables, so I googled it. No, it is not cheating! I learned that the Cuthberts wanted a boy, not a girl. Boy... Boy... Pants! Of course!
OK, here is the cheating bit. I originally wanted to make a new pair of pants for Little Monkey but then decided to jazz up an old pair of jeans instead. I unpicked the plain (and therefore boring) back pockets and replaced them with 'patch' pockets made from the same fabric as the tunic. Take that Secret Squirrel!
The last acorn was 'Australia'. Where do I start! I love Australia. It is my home. I feel happy here. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I could have gone with some classic Aussie symbol like a kangaroo, koala, emu or platypus (living proof that God has a sense of humour). Or maybe some Aboriginal symbol. However I thought that would have been too obvious. Instead I cut a tag off one of my towels and sewed it onto Little Monkey's new tunic.
So there you go. Five acorns of inspiration, one (and a bit) new outfit for my Little Monkey.
Will you accept Secret Squirrel's challenge?