My sister was born when I was just over 18 months old. When I was admitted to see my mom and first sibling, the story goes, I gave a brief “uh-huh” to the new baby and launched into telling my mom about the hospital gown they’d put over my clothes. “Horsie,” I pointed out, and “horsie,” all over the gown. (I’m probably getting this all wrong, but that’s how I remember it).
I don’t actually remember that scene, but for some reason each time I hear the story I see in my mind an art smock I had as a preschooler. It was red, soft, and covered in cowboys, horses, and lassos. I liked it a lot. I’ll share a photo if I ever find one 🙂
So of course, now that my own daughter is getting into messy arts, it was time for her first smock. I had a fabric my friend had mailed me (thanks, Kathleen!) that I knew needed to become something wearable for H, but only once I saw the smock pattern in One-Yard Wonders (my favorite sewing pattern book) did I decide on what. I meant for it to be a birthday present (a month away), but of course I needed her to try it on, and of course she fell in love with it and filled it with (literally) every pen in her coloring box, so of course she gets it early. 🙂