I have been given a timely reminder, by a colleague who reads my blog, that there hasn't been much on the craft side of things for some time. She was absolutely right, so I shall attempt to rectify this shameful state of affairs. You may remember that I made a little rabbit, having been prompted to use some material from my stash which was left over from my favourite puffed sleeve dress when I was five. So, I set to work and made a rabbit. Then I thought she would need a friend, so decided to use some left over material from my wedding dress bodice to continue the memories theme. Above is rabbit number two in her pantaloons.
I used a slightly different pattern for the rabbit (from Helen Philipps, rather than the Tilda one I used first). Here she is in the pink silk dress. I changed the sleeves from the pattern too.
Then I made an apron from some floral cotton I bought earlier in the year ("Oh, I'll use it for something, I'm sure", I said (as I do every time I am drawn into buying more material) and then I added it to my ever-growing stash).
Here is the finished rabbit with a face and a felt hat which was a real nuisance to make as the size wasn't right. I gave up after attempting it in different sizes and finding none was perfect! The eagle eyed amongst you may notice that her ears are different from the original too. This is due to the fact that originally, I wanted to link the rabbits by using the puffed sleeve dress material on both. However, with all the pink, the blue flowers didn't quite work. I tried to convince myself that it was fine, but Chris had mentioned a couple of times that he wasn't sure that the material was right for the pink rabbit (I stuck to my guns and said it would be fine, not wanting to admit that it wouldn't!) Once she was all made up though, I could see that the material looked wrong. So, I made another set of ears, using a piece of material left over from a dress my sister made for me when I was about eighteen. This material does look fine!
Here are the two (hopefully) contented rabbits, helping me to remember some special times that made me very happy.