We’ve got a thing for rabbits in my house, so it was only a matter of time before the bunny obsession made its way onto my sewing table.
Our first pet rabbit, the very sweet natured bunny Honey, arrived a few years ago as a birthday present for my biggest kid. It was true love from day one – for all of us. There’s a more complicated back-story behind this here second bunny being squeezed with kid love. We found her dumped in a national park. Her iridescent whiteness caught my eye in the scrubby bushland and I pointed her out: “Look – fox’s dinner!” The kids were horrified. So with little thought I suggested they catch her before she was eaten…and they did. Dammit. The kids were jubilant. We decided to give her to our neighbour, but then she was introduced to Honey, and true love struck again. They snuggled down together with pink noses on soft bellies intertwined in a fury yin-yang of blissful bunny love. And who has the heart to break up true love? So that’s how we came to adopt this white bunny, Sugar. It’s also why I was begged to sew a white bunny jumper. Many things are out of my hands!
The bunny fabric is from Nomura Tailor store in Kyoto – it’s a remnant dug out of a large bin that would make you swoon. In Japan remnant bins are filled with Nani Iro and all kinds of fabric goodness – each folded with origami precision and tied with twine. It is very hard to walk away. This fabric made my daughter coo and skip on the spot. I really love it too – it feels like wool and has a lovely felted quality. It’s so soft I think it would make the sweetest quilted baby blanket. When you and a kid both agree on fabric you need to run with it (because in my experience it doesn’t happen often!)
The pattern I used for this top is Ottobre Magazine Spring 1/2014 ’Raglan sweatshirt’. I really like Ottobre patterns – quality pattern drafting and concise instructions (once you get through tracing the densely-packed pattern pieces – they cram a lot of lines onto one page!). You could almost call this a waste-free top because I only had a tiny pocket sized square left over. As I was so short on fabric I faced the cuffs, hem and neckline with a grey knit. When my girl tried it on for the first time, my opinionated partner said “did you mean to do the neck like that?” Yes. Grumble. You know when you know it’s NQR but are in denial until someone else comments? Then it’s a compulsion – I HAVE to fix it. I unpicked and attached a neckband. I’ve photographed both neck finishes – the second is better I hope!?
In our house this top is known as the ‘sugar bunny jumper’. It’s loved fiercely and already a little love worn. I’m happy with that.