sat on a wall.
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
We can, though.
Early in the Spring, my cousin sent me a pattern from an
out of print local (i.e. Singapore) women's magazine that
was more than 20 years old (thank you, Merle!). The minute
I saw it I knew I had to make it - fat, round, flat eggish
softie with poor coordination and an indomitable spirit:
how could I not? The original pattern was too big and I
wanted his face to be more...... foolishly optimistic, so I
made my own (as my cousin knew I would). I love the
possibilities for black humor (all lost on my kids) with
this fellow. And I love that he reminds me of my own
Humpty Dumpty (he's about the same size) softie
I'd had as a child.
Kate pointed to his bandaid/elastoplast and said,
her eyes huge with concern, "owie!"
I considered using velcro for attaching his limbs, because
it might allow the two younger girls to independently er...
dismember him. But where is the charm in velcro? So
buttons it was. And Jenna (middle) didn't care. She ran
around hugging his eggy torso all afternoon while I was
finishing up the limbs, and tonight, she's got him (restored
to wholeness) on her pillow, smiling in the darkness
beside her own little head.
Too tired tonight (have wretched cold and haven't had nutella
for three days, gah) to write out instructions, so you'll have to
figure it out on your own, sorry. Just make the egg torso
separately from the four limbs and then do buttonholes on the
ends of the limbs that attach to the torso. Cut two pieces of the
head but only sew the face on the front, obviously. Please don't
traumatize your kids. And no, Voldemort Dumpty is NOT cool.
Oh, and when you cut out the shirt and pants (sorry, UK friends,
I mean trousers), don't forget the seam allowance (which is not
in the pattern). Stuff with polyfill at some point, of course. Wooo,
fat lot of good I am at this now- those are horrible instructions.
I'd better head off (ha, ha, Humpty!) to bed
before I do more harm. G'nite, all.
P.S. Still here. Just wanted to add, if anyone was wondering:
the little book is one of a series of 7 shaped nursery rhyme
books by Tracey Moroney that our kids love. They were
printed in 1996 and I don't know if they're still in print now.
All our kids started to "read" by memorizing these books.
P.P.S. I haven't forgotten I have one more summer dress to
share. The paper pattern is still at large.
P.P.P.S. I'm really going now. Really.
Edited in 2011 to add: Readers, please note that the egg-yolk details are made of PAPER. That is a PROP for the photoshoot. Humpty Dumpty does not crack open to reveal an egg of any kind. It's just a regular stuffed doll. Thought I'd add this in because of multiple cases of misunderstandings on sewing forums and email queries.