With bonus kitty ears!
Let’s back up a bit first. I’ve spent the last few weeks testing the three patterns from Jennuine Design‘s new Haven Acres collection. I really love it. There’s a legging pattern, a hat pattern, and a blouse pattern.
I’ve talked up the Dressage leggings before here and here. And I’ll do it again! The riding pant style color blocking is adorable and unique. The pattern includes a basic non color blocked version but the dressage version is so much fun that I haven’t been able to make the basic ones yet.
The fit on these leggings is perfect and the waistband makes me happy. I’ve done leggings with the waistband where you just fold over elastic. It’s a quick and easy technique. But I love this waistband more. It provides a more finished look, you know? These are the 5th legging pattern I’ve tried and they’re easily my favorite.
The Haven Acres blouse has a cute flounce, keyhole detail, and puffed sleeves that can be either long or short. It’s comfortable and so pretty… I made this one out of some rayon challis. The drape is perfect for this pattern.
Finally, the Sweet Pea Cap! It’s based on those riding hats. Helmets? Can you tell I’m not involved in the equestrian scene? Anyhow, it’s based on those black round helmet hats but with horse ears!
Obviously not horse ears here, huh? I went rogue. I did sew up a cap with horse ears but then, I figured that if I was going to make more than one, I might as well play with it. So I took the ear pattern and transformed it into kitty ears. Then Jenn took my design and made me a free kitty ear pattern to share.
So here it is, bonus kitty ears: Kitty Ears
To make the kitty ears, you assemble them as in the pattern instructions but skip the folding part. And be careful, you aren’t going to attach them in the same spot as the horse ears. Horse ears are more on top of the head than cat ears. Align the top edge of each ear 1/2″ lower than the top marking for the horse ears so that each ear is placed 1/2″ further from the center of the top. Finish the hat according to instructions, and voilà! Riding kitty!
Don’t forget to catch the other testers’ work! Catch the links on Jenn’s blog. (I don’t have all the links to link to from here at this time…)