Happy Easter everyone! Who is feeling like they are peeking out from behind a mountain of chocolate? I do! The Easter bunny has bought me some Booja Booja truffles, a Moo-Free chocolate egg, a Choices dairy free Easter egg and an Organica vegan white chocolate bar. Yum!
We are down in Cambridge visiting family which means the little ones sugar intake has quadrupled with constant treats from grandparents, great grandparents, aunties, uncles and erm … me. It’ll be a miracle if we can make it through the day without any vomit related incidents.
When it comes to parenting, the rules for grandparents are totally different for parents. As a parent you set boundaries and limits for your children, and do your best to make sure they look after their teeth and eat a balanced diet. Grandparents on the other hand, having worked so hard instilling these values in their own children, pass on this baton of responsibility when their children have children, and take on a new role as chief spoiler. It’s a rite of passage. Evan’s grandparents are proper chocolate pushers, and he loves them for it. Hopefully one day I’ll be one too
But for now, I’m in crazy health freak Mum mode, and am definitely not wanting to add to the cocktail of chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, Easter nest cakes, and sweets he is sure to be eating. So with that in mind, here is my Easter present to Evan, and it’s completely sugar free.
Meet Humpty Dumpty … or should I say Humpty Jr?
This is Humpty Dumpty Jr, inspired by a cartoon we have much admiration for in our house. It’s a ComiColor cartoon from 1935, and it tells the story of Humpty Dumpty’s son, Humpty Jr, and his love interest and femme fatale ‘Easter Egg’. We love it, but beware, it took me almost three days to stop humming the ‘spooning in a spoon’ tune. Take a look, it’s charming for all ages.
“My old man may have sat on a wall.
He slipped and had a very great fall.
But I’m Humpty Jr, I’m just like my pop.
I climb where I please, and they can’t make me stop.”
I love vintage cartoons. I’m currently working my way through all the Disney Silly Symphonies. The music, characterisation, and experimental animation are all brilliant, and still inspirational almost 85 years later.
To make Humpty Jr I just free-styled and drew up some pattern pieces for a basic egg shape. I added some arms and legs, hand embroidered the face, and then made him some dungarees from sewing a front and back piece together. I finished by adding a bow-tie and a hat. I am fairly happy with the result, but I think it lacks the finesse I was hoping for. This is mainly down to rushing him to have him ready for Easter, and the choice of materials I used.
Humpty is almost entirely up-cycled. The white cotton is the left over fabric from the bottom of some curtains I hemmed and the red velvet is from some pillow cases I purchased in a charity shop for 50p, actually it’s just occurred to me both of these were originally from Ikea! He’s an Ikea hack! The orange fleece I had left over from a previous project.
I’ve never sewn velvet before and it was a bit tricky, especially when working on something so small. I definitely need more practice and to read up on how to handle this fabric.
If I was to make Humpty again I’d make some refinements to the dungaree pattern. A little wider at his legs, and less baggy around his arms. I’d like to finish my seams differently so that they look tidy when seen through the armholes. I’d also try and find a more eggshell coloured fabric for the body. I think white is a little bit bright. It will also show the dirt that he is sure to get smeared all over him.
One thing is for sure, and that is Evan likes him, and that’s the only seal of approval I need.
Let me know what you think. Should I work on Humpty Jr a little more and release a pattern for you all? I love hearing your comments.