Elephant “Jane”


Children’s Corner “Jane” with elephant applique


This was made while spending a week at our mountain cabin.  With our daughter and her two children and all their activities, it was a busy time.  And yet, I managed to finish this Children’s Corner Jane for 18 month old Vivian Rose.


Jane patt

What a terrific pattern this is!  Fast as a New York minute, easy as pie and cute as a button.  How’s that for a lot of cliches?  But it’s all true.  This may be the perfect pattern for our 18 month old granddaughter Vivian Rose.

I love a pattern that is simple enough to alter easily for different looks.  For the size 2, the basic top required just 1/2  yd. of 60″ wide fabric.  On this gray gingham top, a lace edged ruffle was added over the regular elasticized sleeve.  An appliqued gray ultrasuede elephant adds textural interest.  The loose tail is a bias tube made from the ruffle sleeve pink fabric.  I hope she doesn’t pull it off.






Tiny tornado Vivi has a lot of clothing preferences and requirements.  Always with places to go and people to see, she makes it clear that she has no time for multiple wardrobe changes.  And believe me, this little gal needs several changes each day.   Jane has no buttons so it’s an easy -on/easy-off garment. Vivi likes that.



The fit is perfect–and comfortable. Vivian Rose looks a little rumpled but this was taken after 6.5 hours in the car.   We took a break at a fast food place on the drive home to Florida from NC.


I didn’t make the Jane pants because she MUST wear skin tight leggings with every outfit.  Au naturel is her favorite look, a style she pursues by popping the velcro closures on her cloth diapers if she can get to them.  Then she removes the nappy and runs, faster than a stadium flasher, in her birthday suit for a few moments before her mother catches her. Tight fitting leggings prevent that indecent exposure.

I can’t wait to make a few more Janes.  I think it is now my favorite pattern.  What is yours?

10 responses to “Elephant “Jane”

  1. How adorable! Little Vivi sounds like a real character.

  2. Your design and fabrics are so much cuter than the pattern sleeve. Maybe they need you to help them with the marketing. Very cute!

  3. Thanks, Nana. I just love the versatility of this pattern.

  4. Thanks, Cynthia. She IS a character–the most strong willed, determined little one I’ve ever known. But she is adorable and we are crazy about her.

  5. from SewForum: That is really a cute top. I will have to search out that pattern. I love making cute quick outfits!

  6. from SewForum: Your story just made me smile. Oh the things you just don’t think about when pulling an ensemble together. The image of little Vivian Rose making a mad dash in her birthday suit is too funny. That story may come back to haunt her later in life. 😉
    Your outfit is adorable. I have gone Children’s Corner crazy lately. I have a number of new patterns I’m dying to try.

  7. Janice,
    It is so fun to see Vivian. She’s so adorable. I love the “Jane” outfit you made… love how you did the sleeves. Enjoy Vivi…….they grow just too fast!

  8. Thanks, Connie. Vivian Rose loves her “Jane” outfit–she’s all about comfort and her mother is all about easy dressing for this squirmy little one. So there will be more Janes in her future.

  9. Where can I get this pattern for the “Jane” outfit? Just LOVE it! Thanks a million xxx

  10. Amelia, just like you I love this Jane pattern. You can find it at Farmhouse Fabrics, Children’s Corner Store, Baltazars or at most heirloom/smocking shops. Perhaps there is one hear you so you wouldn’t have to pay for shipping. I bet you will make this more than once.

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