Sitting and waiting with Ollie outside Evie’s ballet class, this was asked of me by a parent of a friend of Ollie’s. Well, yes, that would be me.
It started innocently enough. I made Evie a sundress from a dark purple fabric with owls printed on it. I could just see a t-shirt for Ollie, with a large cut-out of an owl from that fabric, and two big white buttons for eyes.
So the next Christmas, I made a few more very simple designs. I was especially proud of The rick-rack for the shark teeth!
By the next Christmas, my well read grandson had some specific requests: Sara had found some Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus fabric, and Ollie loved the Elephant & Gerald books, both by Mo Willems. I don’t have a picture of this Elephant and Gerald shirt, but both were very popular in Ollie’s preschool class.
Next birthday, the popular book was Charlotte’s Web. The web glows in the dark.
I had a green shirt left, and asked Ollie what I should do with it. He simply said, “Turtle.”
This last Christmas, Sara suggested another Elephant & Gerald. Ollie loves dragons and knights, so I had been looking for the right stripe fabric to do My Father’s Dragon, the most ambitious project yet.
Again, they met with Ollie’s approval.