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A late Christmas present

I promised my friend that I would make something for her baby girl for Christmas, but time got the better of me, and it's only been in the last fortnight that I've finally done it (luckily in time for her first birthday). I decided to try out the "O" Tunic pattern from 101 Fabric-by-Fabric Ways to Sew a Metre (David & Charles, £19.99).

I bought a metre of this fresh retro green fabric from my local haberdashery shop, along with a ditsy purple in case the pattern proved to be a great success so I could make a second top, possibly for my niece.

Now, my local haberdashery shop is a real gem. I would challenge you to go in and ask for something and not come out with exactly what you need. The chap who owns the place has things squirrelled away everywhere. It's also the place where you can find a real bargain. These pretty prints were just £4 per m and exactly the retro look I wanted to use for the pattern.

And here's the finished result. I think there's room for her to grow into it, but her mum was delighted. The chunky button cost 48p from John Lewis. I did have a slight argument with the overlocker and ended up having to zig-zag to neaten the raw edges, plus I managed to sew one of the sleeves in the wrong way and had to unpick and start again, but all in all, I was really pleased with the outcome. The husband actually said 'Did you MAKE that!' Such praise indeed…