Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Jumpstart's Read For the Record has asked everyone to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle on October 8th (For more information go to .) I love Eric Carle's books with their bright colorful illustrations and was delighted last July when I saw on his museum page that he has fabric lines based on two of his books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I quickly purchased several lengths of fabric from both lines with visions of caterpillars dancing in my head! If you wish to see the full lines go to Mr. Carle's museum page at

Three of the four Eric Carle inspired outfits are for my sweet godchild Cassidy who turned 6 in mid September.

First in the line up is a shorts set for Cassidy made using a retro Simplicity pattern from 1970 and the Brown Bear fabrics. It tickled me to use this pattern that was designed and printed a few years before Cassidy's mommy was even born! I needed to add a little length to the shorts, though. We were really wearing things SHORT back then!

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This capris set was made using three of the fabrics from the Caterpillar fabric line. There are little caterpillars and the book title all over the white fabric

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This is a little skort I made using one of the sections of the panel fabric.
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I saved my favorite for last. In the following photo Cassidy watches as her father holds up her birthday gift from me. I really had fun with this one! I used five of the fabrics in the Caterpillar line and lots of trims. The white cotton peasant blouse that I made for this dress looks so pretty with it. The dress can be worn without it, too! I am looking forward to October 8th to see this on her!

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I hope that you like these Eric Carle inpired designs. I had such fun making them!


  1. What wonderfully creative & colorful outfits, Ms. S. :D I know Cassidy loves each & every one!
    Its amazing how you were able to coordinate it with the book so well. Great job!

  2. The capri set is fabulous. And I love the shoulder straps that fasten with knots - very kool! The panel on the dress front and its border is beautiful, Karen. Your creativity is cooking on high, girlfriend! xoxoxo, Jana


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