I’m not one to keep up with fashion trends, but sewing trends are a totally different story. First it was owls. And now it is foxes. And next? My money is on elephants. Yep, it’s totally elephants.
And as luck would have it, my niece is going through an elephant phase… and asked for a friend to keep her Momo Hippo (now affectionately named Hippo-y the Hippo) company. Now that she is a full fledged kindergartner, her tastes have shifted to the girlie side — purple, pink and yellow. Well, say no more little lady. This is a phase that Auntie can get behind for Christmas presents.
I knew I wanted a beautifully light, almost silvery, pink velour for the main body fabric. I also knew that Aneela Hoey‘s style would be a perfect match for the feminine, but slightly retro vibe that I was going for. But which to choose? Posy or Sew Stitchy? I pulled the fabrics and stared at them for days. It wasn’t an easy choice, but the pops of red in Sew Stitchy won me over in the end. The little hexies are sweet, but they also provide some good contrast against the velour.
Next I reinforced all my fabric with fusible fleece and light interfacing, traced my templates, and cut out my pieces. Fast forward four hours later… and my Ellie Elephant from Funky Friends Factory was ready for sewing.
I won’t go into a bunch of detail about the pattern, other than to say it was well written and comes together very cleverly. Especially the tusks. Better yet, by the end of the holiday weekend I had one less holiday gift on my To-Make-List. 🙂
I had way too much fun making this elephant, and see more elephants in the near future!