Or perhaps I should say Parts Un and Deux. (And while I do remember just a little bit more french than that, that’s all I’ll attempt today).
Why the French numbers? And why One and Two? Well, it was just a couple of weeks ago that my oldest daughters and I were browsing one of my favorite fabric shops. I walked by the patterns and stopped in my tracks. Because there, right there, was a pattern for a coat/cloak for children that looked so very my like the cloaks I make my dolls that I had to stop and stare for just a minute. I had given thought to making a cloak pattern for my Littles (and grandLittles) to wear, but the thought of making a pattern and the actual drafting of the pattern has a few very large steps in between, so it hadn’t happened yet. But there before my eyes was a pattern that was so close to what I would have drafted that I couldn’t help but pick it up and show my oldest daughter.
I’m not sure exactly what happened next, but before I knew it we were standing before the cutting counter with fabric selections in hand trying to measure out what was on the bolts and make sure it would be enough for not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR cloaks! Because one cannot make an adorable cloak for one granddaughter and not make it for the other, and one certainly cannot make cloaks for granddaughters without making them for smallest daughters as well. So, four. (Let’s just note here how incredibly patient the staff at the store was with us as we tried to figure out sizing and fabric needs when we were selecting fabric that was entirely the wrong width but still had our hearts set on it. They have the best customer service, let me tell you.)
Fortunately, not only is this pattern adorable (as are all the Citronille patterns), but this one is in English so I needn’t worry about only figuring out diagrams but had actual words for directions as well. (The lovely ladies at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply have several Citronille patterns in English, so now there’s now reason not to try them).
I just finished up cloaks one and two and popped them in the mail, hoping they’ll arrive in time for Easter. Because even though my granddaughters live in a much warmer climate than we do, I hope they’ll make a great Easter gift for them, and their mama told me they plan to go to the beach over the weekend, and these would make the cutest beach wraps ever!
Now onto Thadée three and four.