One year later…pockets!

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Hey, remember this?

Oh, kiddo, your sweater, pompom, and Cat were a lot of work but you’re so stinking cute as Peg that it was totally worth it!

Last year, I knit a sweater (and sewed a cat, and made a pompom) so that M could dress up as Peg + Cat. I never actually sewed pockets for her sweater, so she’s just had steeked slits on the sides for an entire year. (Thankfully, she mostly wears the sweater over dresses that have side pockets, so the slits serve as dress-pocket access).

Anywho, one year later, the sweater still fits, and I decided that maybe I should actually put pockets in it. So I borrowed some time on a friend’s sewing machine, and stitched up some flannel pockets:

Pocket!

I did french seams, which is why I wanted to borrow a machine – doing TWO sets of seams per pocket by hand just seemed too much, and that’s what I’d need to do right now because my sewing machine is defunct. Then, I stitched the pockets to the inside of the steek by hand, mostly while I was at work:

My students have a work period today, so I’m stitching in the other pocket. (They already know I’m a knitter!)

(The nice thing about being a writing professor is that sometimes your students are working on writing during class, which means you can work on sewing. My students already know I’m a crafty person, so they weren’t shocked at all when I pulled out this sweater and started stitching!)

We’ve had nothing but rain recently, which has made getting photos a bit of a pain, but here is M’s Peg sweater, in its now TRULY FINISHED glory!

She has real pockets now!

I really like the way the polka-dotted flannel fabric looks with the color of the sweater:

Peeking in the pocket.

The year for school, she’s supposed to dress up as a character from a book for their Halloween celebration, and since Peg + Cat actually started as a book series, and her costume still fits and is easy to wear to school (and Cat fits nicely in her backpack), that’s what she’ll be dressing up as!

She’s got a DIFFERENT costume in the works for Trick-or-Treating, though: I’m turning her into her beloved Rainbow Dash, from My Little Pony. I’ll share photos of that once it’s ready; I’m still working on the wings at the moment. I’ve got a few other things to share, too, if the weather will ever cooperate with photo-taking: progress on Tensho and a recipe for top-down mittens! Rain, rain, go away, please!

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