For the lower half

A few toddler boy bottoms for you today…

My mother-in-law came to stay with us a couple of weeks ago and potty-trained Elliot over the course of a week. What a saint. It’s been so great. My diaper laundry went to half overnight. We are a little short on undies so I made these cute little helicopter ones with Bonnie’s pattern for undies, adding a little PUL in the middle to help with accidents:

Bonnie’s blog is worth checking out; she does all sorts of great sewing with knits. I “met” Bonnie during Spring Top Week last year. And looking up her blog address I just discovered that she has a new newborn layette pattern out too–so awesome!

Elliot loves them because they have helicopters. I love them because (unlike his Thomas-the-train ones) he can actually pull them up and down by himself. One of those little problems you never think about when purchasing store-bought undies.

Now for the suits…we’re going to Mexico with Mr Rae’s family next month, and of course it didn’t occur to me at the end of the summer to look for a suit that would fit E (hrrm, you’d think I was busy or something). This pattern was in the Ottobre Summer 3/2009 issue (click on 3/2009 issue, page 18), so I thought I’d give it a try.

I won’t lie, this one wasn’t easy. I would never recommend trying this pattern without a serger, and I still wish I had an overlock machine for the leg seams. But overall I’m pleased with the result, and they look SO european on him it’s just adorable, so I made a second one (see top pic). This picture really emphasizes the flaws but it looks better in real life. The two colors also contrast more in real life; the navy is darker and the turquoise is brighter.

Other things I’m working on:

  • I’ve been reading Getting Things Done by David Allen (any GTD folks out there? this is a personal organization system that has developed a cult following for it’s effectiveness/simplicity) and so this past week I finally got my email inbox under 1000. Yes you read that right, it’s insane. I know that there are hundreds of people still waiting for answers from me to requests and inquiries, so hang in there…right now I’m still catching up on stuff from the summer…
  • Got the Olive and Archie PDF pattern set from Elli for my birthday…so cute! It just screams Christmas to me, so I’m putting that one on the list.
  • This morning I’m going to kick it into High Gear on the Bonsai Bag pattern so that those who wanted it can get it soon. For those wondering, it will have recessed zipper instructions included.

Oh and I must be completely insane, because I started this last week too:

Wherein Rae eats a little crow

I’m going to have to take back some of my words here, because look what fits???

I will concede that the pattern DOES actually fit a 0-3 month old, as my babe is (a rather large) 2 months and the top fits quite nicely. It works over a onesie since it’s a little cold outside, which is fine because that solves the V-neck issues as well…

And what’s even better than a cute baby dress? A SMILE. Something we’ve been seeing alot of around here lately, and how fun is this?

Happy Weekend everyone!