by Daughter Fish

Although I haven’t posted many makes here over the past year, I have actually been sewing. Tiny things. Baby things. My interview with Liesl Gibson for last week’s Thread Cult inspired me to make an Oliver + S pattern, the Firefly— an adorable, kimono-style jacket with fluttery sleeves.

Boy, is it hard taking pictures of this little fish. She tempts gravity by the second.

I like sewing baby clothes for a few reasons. Mainly, they’re adorable (!). But I also like that I can finish a project relatively quickly–key for a mama — and I can do a lot of hand details, like blind stitching, on the couch. I also feel fully entitled to splurge on nice fabric, like this pink-and-gray Liberty print. At $36 a yard, I probably would never buy it for myself. However, I’ve already gotten a baby tunic and this jacket from one yard, with extra leftover.

I used a deep rose corduroy on the reverse side, made ribbon button loops from the Liberty fabric, and used some vintage rose buttons I found in a bag of buttons left to me by my grandmother.

I think Baby Fish will be able to wear it through early summer. Right around the time the real fireflies–or lightening bugs, as they call them out here–make their appearance.