From the moment she saw the design to when I chose the fabrics and then told her the name of the pattern, my little girl could not contain her excitement. "This is for me, right, Mommy? For me? Just me? And it's my perfect one because I love jumping, Mommy! I'm always jumping!" I could not stop laughing.
Have you ever had a child hound you every day for her outfit -- when it's not a twirly dress? I'm telling you, it's the magic of Straight Grain + 128. Usually my girls will not even bother looking at something if it's not a dress. Well, not so with this pattern.
Okay, the details first. I knew as soon as I saw the line drawings that I wanted to make View B with the pleat, which I did -- buuuuut I didn't include the pockets (I know, I know, anathema in toddler world). I made the size 4 even though I probably could have made the 3, but height-wise she is a size 4 and I figured it would be okay since it's kind of a loose-fitting style that will take her through the colder months. In hindsight, I should have shortened the elastic in the back, though.
And maybe I should have used navy fabric for the facing because the ivory peeking through kind of bothers me. But hey, design feature! Right? Right?
So, the fabrics. I have been trying to be very good and resist buying anything new, and I've been pretty good so far. These are fabrics from my stash, and I bought them from one of my favorite shops in Tokyo: Rick Rack. The anchor fabric is one I used when I made the Safari Raglan for my older daughter (which my younger one wears now). I knew that I wanted to pair it with stripes for my next project, but for the longest time I could not find a pattern that would suit. As soon as I saw the pleat, I knew this was the one I had been waiting for.
I didn't have enough fabric to make one for my older daughter, but I have promised her a Hoppe in time for the colder weather a few months from now. Which sounds about right at the pace I'm sewing these days, haha. Don't worry; she has her fabric chosen already.
Look at how my daughter is trying to find pockets -- pockets that I didn't put in because I am so mean. I knew she'd want them, but I couldn't face having to dig through them before each wash to pull out rocks and leaves and insects. Um, sorrynotsorry. It's okay. She just gave me the leaves to hold and went on her merry way.
I will leave you with one last photo. Her I-am-a-model-who-gets-a-wind-fan-because-I-am-so-fabulous look. Hahaha!
If you want to make a fabulous Hoppe for your child, head on over to An's shop here. There's a 10% discount with the code HOPPETOUR10.
Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour. There are many wonderful versions of this pattern!