I’m a bit scared of working without a pattern of some sort, so I started with a 1988 book I had thrifted called Little clothes for little people using the ‘sleeveless bolero without ties’ pattern (with some minor adjustments as it seemed to have sleeves).This book has patterns on a grid that need to be scaled up to the size you want to use, which I have never done before. Thankfully I realised I didn’t have to rule out the grid and draw the pattern by hand – I just scanned in the page and resized the image until the grid was the right size. Phew! There is also a paragraph on making your own quilted material, with dubious instructions to add a 5cm seam allowance when using quilted material… I chose to ignore that and cut out 2 layers of each piece from the fabric and basted one layer together with some thin padding I had in the cupboard. To put it all together I copied the reversible construction from my Sis Boom Carly Bubble Romper Pattern.
The fabric I used is actually an old pillowcase that I loved the purpley grey colour of. And as a little nod to the beautiful star fabric of the original, I freezer papered some secret stars onto the inside.