Friday, February 18, 2011

Birthday-buddy in the Hood

When I hear that someone’s expecting and their due date is anywhere between Christmas and the middle of January, I always tell them that January 8th is a great day for a birthday.  Two weeks after Christmas, one week after New Year’s, and for a solid streak of four or five years when I was in elementary school, it was either on a weekend or it was a snow day. 

So imagine my delight when a friend and neighbor actually complied!  Her daughter (who recently agreed to be our son’s Valentine) turned one in January, so I just had to send something along.  Add to that the fact that I’ve loved the Baby in the Hood jacket from Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings, and there you go.

Baby in the Hood Jacket

The corduroy is from the JoAnn’s remnant bin (a really nice, cute, old fashioned JA).  The stripe and button bands are leftover fabric from a jacket Mom made for me.  I modified the sleeve lining to be in two pieces—the bottom matches the rest of the lining so the sleeves can be turned up, and the top is slippery nylon so the coat can actually go on over something.  Does anyone else remember in elementary school the cool iridescent windbreakers?  All the cool kids were wearing them with their Umbros.  Anyway, this fabric was intended for that, way back in the day.

Inside sleeve

Buttons were also from JoAnn’s.  And I kind of love them.  I have a set that are black and green that I tried on the jacket first, and I’m going to have to come up with a good place for them.  Grown-up clothes that only need four buttons—suggestions anyone?


And look what she picked out for me!  Didn’t she do an excellent job instructing her parents what to look for while they were in Mexico?

Peacocks from my birthday buddy

So pretty!  What about you?  Do you have a birthday buddy?  Do you tell your pregnant friends to hold out for your big day?

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