Happy Monday + Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend – there was much celebrating and relaxing and family fun for us. I’m feeling refreshed (and significantly healthier) and wanted to kick off this week with a cute little outfit I made. The colors made me think of Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle’s “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” – the follow-up to the classic “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

She didn’t like the heather grey socks, so we switched socks. Picky, picky…

I had so much fun re-purposing the grey raindrops dress, I started hunting around to see if there was anything else unused that I could transform into a wearable item. Enter my beloved, yet woefully shrunken Madewell polka dot sweatshirt from a few years ago. It was always a little snug, but with every wash, it kept getting scandalously tighter and midriff baring. I chopped a few inches here and there, dug through my stash of zippers, added elastic to the wrist bands, and a few minutes later I had a sweet and comfy knit top for for K. Check it out:

Let’s talk about the über cute hat, shall we? I used the bear hat pattern from the Oliver + S book, which is fantastic. Her instructions and patterns are so well-constructed and clear, it came together in a snap. I made mine with fleece instead of wool and velveteen, and made ties out of the fleece as well instead of using ribbons. The color scheme is almost identical to the version in the book, which is something I rarely do but I really liked the white/blue combo.

And oh, the aqua cords! They are from the same pattern as the grey almost skinnies, though I made these slightly slimmer. I. Love. Them. So bright and happy and the perfect antidote to the thundering rain that we’ve been having. A good way to start the week, I’d say.

4 thoughts on “Happy Monday + Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

  1. I’m working on my Christmas cards here using one of my favorite color combinations: grey and aqua! So of course I think this outfit is perfect:) What a great sweater upcycle – and looks super cozy. Along with the hat and cords, a perfect snuggly winter outfit:) I’ve made that hat a few times too, and agree that it is such a great pattern! And makes every wearer so super cute:)
    Glad you had a restful Thanksgiving and are feeling so much better!

    1. I love aqua and grey together! I’m so impressed that you’re starting on your Christmas cards already – I have a mile-long list of gifts to make/Christmas preparations to do, and I feel like I’m way behind the game.

  2. What a cute outfit, and I agree, the colors are perfect to kick off the winter season. I need to make that hat, I’m pretty sure C would looove it. Hooray for feeling better!!

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