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Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Sewing = Baby Clothes

I have a four month old that likes to sleep for only 20 minutes at a time.  That makes creating challenging to say the least.  I've been mostly trying to finish up old projects which means working on quilt back which are not as exciting, which is why I generally lose steam at the end of a project and don't finish them right away.

Instead, I'm falling in love with the quick satisfaction of sewing baby clothes!  Dresses, shorts, bonnets... every type of clothing is fair game!  


First up dresses... I am in love with the Geranium Dress Pattern from Made by Rae.  First, I tried the free sample version in the 0-3 month size.  It sewed up so quickly and looked so cute!


Next came the 3-6 month for summer... I can't wait to have her wear this up in Rhode Island on vacation.  She will be very dapper at the beach.


Then I just couldn't stop!  I made the 6-9 month in a pretty floral pattern - Lisette from JoAnn's Fabric.   I figure we live in North Carolina, so it stays warm longer.  She will still be able to wear this in the fall.




Then my poor little girl's head was bare in the hot sun this summer.  That required bonnets to keep the sun out of her face as well meaning bystanders wanted to hold her and didn't pay as much attention to the shade as I do.  I used the design from Little Betty Designs to make a reversible bonnet for my baby girl.  This is the 0-6 month size on a 3.5 month old.  It fit her well, but now a month later it was getting small, so I made it again with a smaller seam allowance and this larger version will fit probably through the summer.  

Then on to shorts, because it is too hot here to put pants on those cute little chubby legs! These are made from the pattern by Elegance and Elephants. The smallest size in the pattern was 6-12 months, so these were downsized to fit my 4 month old. The main challenge of this pattern was that it assumes you have a serger. I wish I had known that before purchasing the pattern as I do not own a serger. Therefore, I had to finish every seam. I think it turned out even nicer this way, but it did take quite a bit longer to finish.

This summarizes my summer sewing so far... I'm loving the adorable clothes to make for kids.  It will be even more fun as she gets into walking so these creations can be seen better.  Maybe next on the schedule will be some quilty goodness!

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4 Comments:

At July 3, 2013 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Mama Deborah said...

I love your clothes!

 
At July 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM , Blogger Heather S. said...

Thank you so much! I just checked out your blog and your clothes are amazing... it's inspiring to see and as I keep learning and sewing I hope I can create beautiful clothes like you.

 
At July 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM , Blogger Taya@TypeB said...

I love your Geraniums - saw them on Flickr! I have a 4 month old, too, but I haven't found an opportunity to start sewing again. Soon, I hope!

 
At July 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Heather S. said...

The geranium is great because it is so quick. It's my sanity right now to have something to do that isn't laundry or cleaning. Love your blog and added it to my reader!

 

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