Secret Squirrel sew-along - November

When I first read about the Secret Squirrel sewing challenge organised by An of Straightgrain and Suz of Sewpony I thought the idea was simply brilliant. I just love it how all the participants use the same five acorns of inspiration to create something truly unique. That's creativity at its best! If you have not heard of Secret Squirrel before, please take a couple of minutes to read about it. Trust me, this challenge is a lot of fun! You are welcome to see how I interpreted previous acorns of inspiration delivered by Secret Squirrel here, here and here.

The acorns for November were:


1. Polka dots; 2. Pumpkin spiced latte; 3. Clock; 4. The Princess Bride; 5. Watercolours

While she was sleeping I made a new outfit for my daughter and managed to incorporate all five acorns of inspiration!



Yes, my little girl loves her cars! She takes them to bed with her, and looks for them first thing in the morning. We have to take cars with us everywhere we go (as well as a few trains and a couple of dinosaurs). Little Monkey's dolls don't get anywhere near as much attention.


Little Monkey was unwell at the time we took these photos. She also skipped her afternoon sleep for a few days in the row. To say she was not interested in smiling for the camera would be an understatement. Oh well, nothing a yummy ice cream couldn't fix! Look at the difference one serve of Rainbow flavoured ice cream can make!


Luckily we took a few photos before Little Monkey decorated her new outfit with ice cream!

OK back to the acorns. One of the acorns is The Princess Bride. Have you seen the movie? I have and it nearly put me to sleep. I think I represent the minority of people who do not like this movie. Still, I had to use the acorn. So I did. When people hear 'bride' they usually imagine a pretty girl in a white dress. I had this beautiful embroidered white cotton that I thought was perfect for the occasion. And I think my girl is pretty. So in the spirit of one of the latest marriage trends we had a 'trash the dress' photo-shoot.

Just over a month ago Marte of Compagnie M released the Mara blouse pattern. The moment I saw it I wanted it. There was one little issue thought - my husband. You see, I have purchased a few patterns lately and I was worried my marriage might not survive one more pattern related transaction. To my absolute delight I won a copy of this pattern (thank you Marte). I just could not wait to use it. Secret Squirrel seemed like a good opportunity to make a Mara blouse for my daughter.


Piping is my drug of choice. I was going to use some store bought bias tape to make piping to highlight the yoke on the blouse, however my bias tape was not wide enough. I could not find wider bias tape in the same shade of pink, so I decided to give flat piping a go. I am not sure if I have just made up a new term! Pink piping, pink love heart shaped buttons (that got a huge tick of approval from Little Monkey) as well as soft colours on the main fabric I used to make gorgeous tulip shorts and a reversible bucket hat represent watercolours.

You may have already spotted another acorn - polka dots. I used yellow fabric with polka dots to line Little Monkey's new hat and shorts.



When Little Monkey saw the buttons on her new shorts she said (and I quote), 'Mummy! Mummy! Look at the buttons! Look, mummy! I love those two buttons!' Ah, nice to know I get it right every now and then.

Pumpkin spiced latte was a tricky acorn. Secret Squirrel likes to make one think! I don't drink coffee so I have no idea what pumpkin spiced latte tastes like. However the image supplied by Secret Squirrel was enough to get my creative juices flowing. Who cares about the taste of this mysterious latte! Look at that cream! It sits on top of a mug like a hat. So I made a hat for Little Monkey. This was my first go at making a hat. I must admit it is far from perfect but Little Monkey loved it! In fact, even my husband said it was cool. Thank you sweetest.


Secret Squirrel tried to be tricky offering clock as an acorn that had to be used in an outfit. Easy! Can you see small buttons on Little Monkey's new hat? There are four of them sewn on it. They represent a clock with buttons positioned on 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock.


Little people are very creative. Using fingers to get ice cream from deep down inside a cone is genius!

Towards the end of the photo-shoot and Rainbow flavoured ice cream the colour scheme of Little Monkey's new outfit (and face and hand and legs) had transformed significantly.


Oh, and if you were almost having a heart attack seeing what I let my daughter do in her new white blouse, here are a couple more shots to make you want to scream!


There is no better testing ground for a new outfit than a playground!


If you are really worried about the fate of the while Mara blouse I am happy to let you know it is white again.

Will you accept the challenge and make an outfit for a special little person in your life incorporating the five acorns of inspiration left by Secret Squirrel?

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26 comments

  1. What an adorable blouse, Jenya!!! The pink piping is just perfect...

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  2. Jenya your blouse is so pretty. I love this outfit. And LM looked happy in the pictures, more important than a spotless blouse.
    I understand about marriage survivor. Let see what will happen when my husband know I was this weekend in Fabricland. :S

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    1. hahahahahahaha Carolina I soooo understand about fabric shopping :) My husband has a nervous smile on his face when I say I am going to quickly pop into a fabric shop :) We both know there is not really such thing, right?
      And yes, I absolutely agree. LM's clothes is just that - her clothes. She enjoyed herself and that is much more important :)

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  3. Gorgeous, both the outfit and your little one :)

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  4. Again your pictures are amazing! And so is little monkeys new outfit! I love every bit of it!

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    1. Thank you Teresa :) There is one thing our husbands have in common - they took some good pics lately ;)

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  5. Wow Jenya - you have done an amazing job. Those shorts are ADORABLE!!

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    1. Thank you Jane. The shorts are just fine. Not too long, not too short. Wide elastic means they look oh so cool and yet when a certain little person gets too busy playing there is a really good chance she will still make it to the loo before a disaster strikes :)

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  6. Love those shorts!! The whole outfit is very cute. As for stains, there's always the washing machine ;-)

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    1. Thank you very much :) I love those shorts. They are so fun and comfy. I have a feeling LM will end up with a few more pairs this summer ;)

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  7. Ah! I love everything about this! Those little love heart buttons?! Great job :)

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    1. Thank you very much :) Those buttons were a reason I could not go with a different shade of bias tape. My daughter loved then and I had to use them :)

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  8. Lovely Jenya!! I especially love your Mara blouse! I'm so glad you love our series!!

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    1. Thank you Suz :) The Mara blouse was so much fun to make, I want to ry every option now :)

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  9. The fabrics you picked are so fun and that ice cream- love it!

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  10. Какая очаровательная девчушка в красивом наряде!!! Фоточки отпад! Особенно с мороженным! :)))

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    1. Спасибо большое :) Малышастька только за мороженое согласилась сфотографироваться хехе

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    2. :))) Моя такая же была:)))

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    3. Эти маленькие человечки такие смешные :)

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  11. The outfit is adorable! But the ice cream pictures are the best! I can't help but love any mom that lets her kid eat rainbow ice cream and play at the playground in her brand new outfit :)

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    1. Thank you Terri. A little while ago one of the educator's at Little Monkey childcare nearly had a heart attack when I told them a little pinafore they have been admiring was made out of my grandma's vintage fabric. She probably thought I was crazy to dress my child in something made out of such precious fabric to childcare hehe I just can't see the point of making clothes for little people that they can't wear and still be kids and run, climb, roll, go down a slide and eat in.

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  12. You did a great job! Love whole outfit. The shorts are too cute and the blouse is just beautiful. I have to sew along for Secret Squirrel again!

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    1. Thank you :) I have already started sewing for this month's challenge, I am simply addicted to Secret Squirrel! Not long before we find out where SS is chilling out now :)

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