Remember how I complained a few weeks ago about how my 2-year-old was impossible to photograph? Well, we seem to have turned a corner. There are going to be a lot of photos of the same shirt in this post because...well...I am just so damn proud of how they turned out!
This fantastic pattern is the Bimaa Sweater by Sarah Haag of Lou Bee Clothing. I am not exaggerating when I tell you this might be my favorite thing I've ever sewn. It fits Harper absolutely perfectly (I made size 2T) which is very rare since she is so petite. It has plenty of length for her to grow a bit, but it's fitted and looks "grown up" without being too mature.
See that pose above? Lately she "models" for me on command complete with hands on hips and flirty smile. I just can't get enough!
The fabric is a lovely sweater knit from Joann. This was my first time using sweater knit, and I was cautiously optimistic. I didn't expect to love sewing with it so much - but it was truly a pleasure. My serger zipped right through it, and there was no puckering, shifting or unraveling like I expected. Joann actually has quite a few different prints in this glorious fabric, and it is often 50%-off. I only need a yard to make this sweater which brought the total fabric cost to around $7.
Once I sat down to sew, the whole thing came together in about 20 minutes. Seriously. Maybe even less. The only thing I changed about the pattern was to add the sleeve cuffs last (after sewing the sleeve/body side seams) because I am very particular about serged edges sticking out of cuffs. I know a lot of children's ready-to-wear clothing is made that way, but I really like to torture myself and get it just perfect.
So about these lovely photos... I am pleased to announce I shot these entirely in DUM DUM DUM...MANUAL MODE! I am really, REALLY trying to do better with my photos, and I think I'm making progress!
I recently downloaded an app on my iPhone that tells me when the "Golden Hour" is here in Salt Lake City, but last night, I mentioned to my husband that it seemed awfully dark to take photographs during that hour. He thought that maybe the high mountains surrounding our valley would make the timing a little earlier, so per his advice, we hit Sugar House Park about an hour before the iPhone-recommended time. I think my plan worked splendidly!
I also used the advice of Caila from Caila-Made (thank you!!!) and had a treat stashed in my back pocket. It's amazing what a little Dum Dum bribery can do.
This little sweater is going to be in constant rotation in Harper's fall/winter wardrobe. She loves it; I love it...everyone wins. And I'm sure there will be more of these very soon! I went to Joann again today just to check out all the other sweater knit possibilities (for Harper AND me!).