Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Baby Mania!

I have been baby crafting up a storm...and there is not an end in sight yet! I had baby shower that I was supposed to attend last month and I could not make it. I had decided to make all of the gifts. Well, I finally finished all of the gifts and handed off the presents today! There were quite a few though...so maybe that is at least something of a reason (excuse) for my delay. I am going to spread the presents out over a couple of posts.

I can't decide which to show first...so I think I will go with my favorite (though it is tempting to save it for the last post). This project started with a pair of booties (acutally they were requested by a relative of the mother). I used the basic premise of a Simplicity pattern, but I adapted the pattern to make it a Mary Jane style, with a lining and with elastic for the strap. I love baby booties...they are just too darn cute.

Baby booties

(Sorry for the photo quality...my camera and I are not on speaking terms right now!)

Well, I decided that I couldn't just make baby booties...they needed to coordinate with an outfit. I LOVE elastic thread now (thanks to Dana of MADE) and so of course, I thought it would be great to use the Summer Vacation Dress concept for a matching top. However, I am embarassed to admit, I made this top a total of 3 (yes, really) times. The concept is super easy and once I figured out the sizing...it was easy peazy...however getting there was quite a process. Dana's pattern does not include sizing for newborns..but there are basic instructions for adapting. Well, my adapting skills need some work. I don't have a newborn...and only have a couple of newborn onsie's on hand. My unsuccessful attempts ended up being too small; however these have made great doll clothes for my daughter. I am still not completely confident that the sizing is correct, but I definitely think it is close.

MADE top for newborn

I used the star fabric from the booties for the bias tape for the shoulders/arms and the polka dot fabric also from the booties.

Of course, the outfit would not be complete without a pair of bloomers. I used an old pattern that I had for my daughter for sizing of the bloomers. However, I decided to continue with the elastic thread (it is addictive!) for the waistband and legs instead of the traditional casing in these areas.


I used the fabric from the bottom of the booties for the bottom of the outfit!

So here is the outfit together! I love anything newborn...it is so little...just for that alone it is adorable! I was pretty happy with the finished project though!

Baby gift

Several other projects will be forthcoming...and plans for even more in the very near future as well!

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  1. Awww, these are sooo cute!! Great job, nothing better than a handmade gift :) I so wish I could sew!

    Thanks for Stopping over and visiting me, If it's a smaller project I cut my own vinyl with my cricut, the bigger one I got from my open sky shop. If you have anymore questions just let me know, I'd be glad to help :)

  2. Love that dot fabric & homemade gifts. They mean so much more (to get & to give). Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

  3. I saw your post via Tatertots & Jello. My SIL is having a baby girl in November (unfortunately we live in upper midwest) but this outfit is sooo adorable I might have to try my hand at it for when she is bigger next summer. Love the fabric!