I’ve had no less than nine friends and family members give birth to boys in the past year. NINE. Can’t think of a single baby girl though…why is that?? What is up with the baby boys?? I would be lying if I said I was able to make handmade gifts for all of them, but I did manage to finish and gift this little boy quilt last week:
I made another sunsuit. These are becoming my go-to summer outfit the more hot and sticky it gets here in Michigan and they’re easy and fast. I am also pretty excited about this reversible baby bonnet. It’s been in pattern purgatory for weeks, a little too baggy in back, a little too short at the ears. But finally I cracked it. And two bonnets for the time invested in one? Excellent.
If you missed the tutorial for this sunsuit the first time around, you can find it here. Although be warned, I’ve already figured out a better…
|C hates grass, not her sunsuit|
It finally cooled off here in Michigan. Last week it was so hot and humid I thought it was mid-August. I got the impression C would rather go naked than wear anything, so I made this little sunsuit…
It’s a little crazy how many friends I know with babies who have just arrived or are arriving soon. I’ve had baby sewing on the brain. I know the shift from boy-sewing to selfish-sewing to baby-sewing can be a bit abrupt around here (I haven’t forgotten the plea of one reader who wrote something like “don’t forget the boys!”) and I have a few baby-related posts coming up here before I switch back to the men. Just a warning.
Here’s a little sundress that I made for a dear friend’s baby, Evy, who just arrived a few weeks ago:
It shouldn’t shock anyone that these prints are from Mendocino by Heather Ross. …
I was too worn out from Top Week to participate in Meg’s Kid’s Clothes Week Challenge a couple weeks ago, although I had the best of intentions (and check out the fun stuff everyone made, by the way). But I did succeed in making a couple of things for the baby. The pattern was the result of messing around with the Itty Bitty Baby Dress Pattern, sizing it up to a 9-month size, adding a back closure, raising the waist. I can’t say it’s all that interesting, just a basic shape, but I do always appreciate a good back closure when dressing my squirmy child.
UPDATED (2/13): This pattern is now available as…
You might be thinking, shouldn’t she be sewing her own tops? You know, for that Spring Thing happening soon? I don’t know what happened. Somehow another one appeared. The red-striped tights needed something to go with them? It’s just so hard to selfish-sew when you have a cute little goober to churn stuff out for. And itty-bitty stuff, so it only takes ONE nap, instead of FOUR.
You might also be thinking, shouldn’t she at least strap said goober into her high chair? And you know, that’s just what responsible parents would do. We, obviously, are not those people.
Dress Details: The fabric is plain blue chambray from who-knows-where, the sort you can get…
This tutorial will show you how to make a pair of tights by tracing another pair. Don’t have a pair on hand to trace? I’ve made a PDF baby tights pattern in size 3-6 months (with 6-12 months size modifications) that will be available soon (UPDATED: PATTERN HERE)! These baby tights can be sewn with either a serger OR a regular sewing machine. Stretchy knit jersey or old t-shirts make the best materials, and you’ll also need some 3/4″ wide elastic. I’ll talk about fabric selection, needles, and sewing techniques, so here we go…
For baby tights you’ll need very little fabric. An 18″ square of fabric will probably do it…
I’ve been in serious baby-clothes-sewing withdrawal. Sooooo…look what I made this weekend:
Oh and I may have gone a little crazy and made a few more.
And guess what? I took pictures, so a tutorial’s on the way. Fun, fun, fun!!!
Are there any gypsies reading this blog? If so, I hope you’re not offended by my gypsy stereotypes. You guys have probably gotten out of the baby trade by now anyway, having found more lucrative work elsewhere and are getting tired of hearing it. Or maybe not. Well just in case there’s ANY doubt, I’M KIDDING. Don’t want to end up on the Child Protective Services watch list for making jokes about selling my baby on National Blogcast. We’d like to keep her around. [But Clementine: if you're reading this in twenty years, it's time to get your own place darling.] And if you have no idea why I’m even talking about gypsies, I made a reference in
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