A lining of love

Enjoying ‘auntie-hood’ far too much, I finished a little project today that I have been working on for my two-week-old nephew. When my sister got married last summer, she chose a lovely Liberty print Tana Lawn fabric to be made into a tie for the groom, a sash for the little bridesmaid and a cummerbund for the page boy and the bridesmaid dresses. We’ve had the remnants of material lying around the house since the wedding and, this week, I put it to good use, as a soft, cotton lining inside a woolly jumper for the baby.



I didn’t have time to knit the jumper from scratch so I found this one in Zara Baby. Lining it was incredibly easy and it’s a really good way to add a personal touch if you lack the time or expertise to make something more extravagant. First, I cut a pattern of my jumper using tracing paper.


I then used the pattern to cut out the fabric, leaving about 2cm around each template – I ironed this down to make a hem which you can stitch into the jumper.



It takes a good few hours of careful hand-stitching but the result is definitely worth it. Not only does the lining spruce up a plain jumper, it also softens the garment so the woolly texture doesn’t scratch the skin. I’m tempted to line one of my own jumpers now!  (Perhaps with a different fabric before we start to resemble the Von Trapp family!)


“Aunty Alice”

On Tuesday my sister E gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and made me an Aunty! The sex of the baby was a complete surprise so I had waited to get a present (although I was well equipped with two cards – one pink, one blue). I kept my eyes peeled for the perfect baby gift throughout my sister’s pregnancy and had found so many adorable girls outfits in ditsy floral prints with little peter-pan collars but only found one thing I liked for a boy – these teeny apple-green leather shoes made by Inch-Blue in Ark, Cambridge. 

After meeting my little nephew, I popped into Cambridge on Friday and was delighted to find them still sitting on the shelf.




They are handmade in Wales and I was reassured by the kind shop assistant that the dye and the leather is all completely baby-safe so, should he decided to chew his shoe, it wouldn’t be disastrous. I bought them home and wrapped them up nicely because little boys deserve pretty parcels, too…