by Daughter Fish

Something I’ve noticed since becoming a mother is that I’m generally dressing Baby better than myself. Take this wool kimono jacket I made last fall, when Baby was 3 months, but that she can still fit into at 8 months (albeit, now as a three-quarter length jacket). I’ve needed a nice little black jacket, literally, for years, but have a) never anted up to buy one or b) spent the time to make one myself.


Maybe dressing Baby is a bit of an aspirational pursuit.

I used the pattern from this awesome Molly’s Sketchbook: Felted Wool Baby Jacket tutorial on the Purl Bee. I have a crush on all of Molly’s Sketchbook projects. They’re consistently cute, but elegant, and she uses the nicest fabrics.

When I finished it, I realized it was very much a little version of a Ladies Who Lunch jacket. Something to wear to The Carlyle (or so I imagine!). As it is, we’re sticking to banana mash and sippy cups, Chez Fish.

I used a slightly stretchy wool, and lined it with a beautiful Italian cotton voile from Mood printed with little bee-type bugs.

I never got around to adding a closure, which, in the end, has been to my advantage, since it now fits baby like a little cardigan. It’s been shockingly resilient to months of rolling, dragging, and crawling.

Maybe, by next fall, I’ll get around to making my own little black jacket…or, more likely, I’ll make Baby another.