Daughters and dinosaurs. If mainstream toy or clothing retailers were to be believed the two just don’t go together. Just like boys and butterflies. I could rant about the subject awkwardly, but the campaigners at Let Toys Be Toys do it much more eloquently. The collective message that products marketed to children send is a powerful one and can affect their choices, interests and aspirations.
With this in mind I was particularly saddened by Marks and Spencer’s Natural History Museum branded/endorsed range that was limited to clothes for boys. This irritation became my inspiration for the Just Add Detail tour of the Ziggy top pattern.
The challenge for the tour was to take the basic Ziggy pattern which has plenty of options for customisation and add your own detail.
I made some small dinosaur stencils by cutting them out of a sheet of acetate with a scalpel and sponged fabric paint over them to create an all over dinosaur print on the cut out pieces. Whilst I do not believe that dinosaurs need to be ‘pinkified’ for girls I let S choose the colours for them, and (as if to prove the influence of marketing on children) she picked pink, white and gold.
The other detail added to my version were sweatshirt style cuffs and hem. As my sweatshirting fabric wasn’t particularly stretchy and S’s head is pretty big I also cut the neckline a few sizes larger. The top has a straightforward construction so was a quick make.
The new jumper was an instant hit and inspired an archeological dig in the back garden and a large amount of roaring.
If you’d like to see what else can be done with the Ziggy pattern check the details of the tour here or visit the sites below directly.
- kimmie sew crazy
- nearest the pin
- glitter and wit
- climbing the willow
- bonnie and lottie
- my cozy co
- la folie sewing booth
- huisje boompje boefjes
- call ajaire
- our chez nous
- creative needle and threads
- nat and gang
- sewing sober
- made by toya
There is 20% of the Ziggy pattern for one week only to coincide with the tour.