Baby Goodies

One of this week’s projects was this little dress set for a high school friend who is expecting a baby girl. I forgot how tiny newborn clothes are. And it kind of makes me want to squeal.

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Pattern: Eh, just kind of made it up. It’s similar to a toddler pattern I have, and I referenced an infant pattern for size. The bloomers are from Melly Sews. This is the best looking bloomer pattern I’ve tried, but I really don’t know how they’re going to fit. The pattern looks huge, like I could be making ruffle butt bloomers for myself, but it came together nicely.

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Fabric: the polka dots are from Joann’s, leftover from a dress I made for Lottie. The pink is actually from a set of sheets. I’ve made at least five things now — including a full size adult woman’s Sally from Peanuts costume for a friend — from these sheets. Lightweight, super soft, and there’s still plenty left!

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Problems: Aside from not being sure about the sizing, none. You sure do get a lot of bang for the buck with teeny weeny baby clothes. I did add one special touch. I attached the ruffle to the dress with a french seam. Nobody wants some ugly seam hanging out near tiny newborn legs! It wouldn’t have worked with most fabrics, but these sheets, man. They’re working hard. It came out nice and clean, and there are no unfinished seams in either piece. I also did french seams on the sides of the bloomers and dress.

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Lottie’s response: “Mommy, I’m not sure that’s gonna fit.” Good call, since she’s four. Smart kid, that one.

Now to get it off in the mail. Baby’s due Wednesday!

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Valentine’s Georgia Vintage

This was originally going to be her Valentine’s Day dress. Then I realized that Valentine’s Day is a Saturday this year. Boo! Then we got invited to a wedding! Yay!

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Pattern: The Georgia Vintage Dress by The Cottage Mama, Lindsay Wilkes, one of my very favorite designers. This pattern is so classic and beautiful. There’s just no end to the gorgeous combinations possible with this pattern. I increased the size/length of the sash (because seriously, if ever a dress demanded a giant bow, this is that dress) and the pink on the bottom is a band (whereas the pattern calls for a separate underskirt layer). I also adjusted the size of the bib and made it ruffled (ruched?). (Updated: I’m told this technique in heirloom sewing is called “puffing” — It was actually inspired by Straightgrain’s improvisational pleating).

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Fabric: The print is an Italian cotton from Ragtime. It’s very light, almost a shirting fabric. The green fabric, buttons, and pink trim are also from Ragtime, resulting from a really delightful solo shopping spree a couple weeks ago. The pink and the green rick rack came from my mom, I think from Joann’s. The green piping was leftover from the bubble dress.

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Problems: None. This pattern is fantastic, and I’ve made it five or six times now. It all came together very quickly.

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Lottie’s response: Loved it. I think I might have made her a little nervous about it because I really don’t want it to get dirty before the wedding. She was totally hamming it up for pictures though. You could tell she felt good about it. Plus, twirl factor? Epic:

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Bubble Dress

Sewn for Project Run & Play’s January Challenge:

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Pattern: Based on Alida’s Bubble Dress plus the bodice from Sew Easy Being Green with very small changes to the shape of the neckline.

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Fabric: Wool blend from Ragtime Fabrics. Bought it to make myself a skirt, but decided it’d be a great bubble dress. I might actually still have enough to make myself a skirt… if I wanted to match my four-year-old…. which I might. The lining, also from Ragtime, was a total nightmare. Just fraying all over the place. Even though I cut the bodice and lining at the same time, the lining came out ridiculously off-kilter and way too small. So I used my handy-dandy new piping foot to make this green piping (first time ever making my own piping) to finish it up. Love the purple & green, especially on the back (which I considered calling the front).

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Problems: Oh my word, figuring out the right side/wrong side/inside/outside business. I thought it through over and over and in the end… the lining is inside out (so those fraying edges… yeah, totally exposed. But I’ll finish them off).

Lottie’s Response: “Mommy, I LOVE IT!” Happy to put it and refused to take it off. Also I let her jump on the bed.

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Overall, I just adore it. I make it large enough that she can wear it with a turtle neck underneath so it should work for winter and spring, if she’ll just stop growing. This is a 4T, and it fits pretty well. For now.

Look! Another sewing blog!

The current purpose of this blog is to document my sewing projects for 2015. I harbor no illusions of quitting my day job any time soon, but hopefully this will help me to be more dedicated to the craft, more daring my attempts, and more confident in my skills.

Let’s do it, 2015!