Saturday, March 26, 2011

Vintage Baby

I was going through my pattern collection looking for baby stuff and I came across this little gem.   

Methinks this was my Gramma’s, it’s got a copyright of 1970 and most of the pieces were cut out,  indicating they’ve been used before.  I love the thought of my Gramma lovingly making her babies clothes.  And the fact that I get to use the very same pattern to make my baby something is just heartwarming to me.

I have found that little baby dressed require such a small amount of fabric!  I went through all my scraps from over the years and,  much to my excitement, found a whole bunch of possibilities.  So many, in fact, that I ran out of patterns.

So I made two of the same dress out of different fabrics.  

And I’m so so glad I did because the look completely different!

The first one was made with scraps from a maternity dress I made with my first baby.

Please disregard the large amounts of baby going on here.  I was 8 months pregnant.

Also please disregard the large amounts of weird faces I’m making. 

**Note to self:  Start looking normal for pictures.


So the moral of the story here is the dress is made out of a beautiful linen.  And I had JUST enough to make this: 
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The pictures don’t do it justice in my opinion.  You should see it in real life.

And know what else?  I think I see a pair of ruffle butt panties in it’s future…

The other one was made from the scraps of another dress I made myself back in 2007 for a friend’s wedding.  I don’t have any pictures of me in said dress, which is a shame because I think it’s darling.  But here’s the fabricDSC_8378 

And,  again,  I had barely enough to make Baby Girl this: 

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It’s probably my favorite.  It’s just so yummy!  I can’t even handle it! 

And so the moral of the story here is always save your scraps because look how much cuteness can come out of it!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ruffle Butt

I found a pattern for diaper covers over at Made and decided that I must own a few pairs.  Especially after making the yummy dress I made yesterday.
Dana's got a free pattern and tutorial which is awesome.
I basically followed her instructions to the letter and ended up with this

Um hi.  Can you say adorable?!  
I did, however, add something very, very important.

Ruffle butt.

Yes, I know.
Every little girl needs to have some ruffle bottomed pants.
Or, in this case, panties.

Here's what I did:
I cut a whole bunch of strips that were 1 1/2" wide out of scraps.  Some were long, some were short.  I figured it didn't really matter since they would be all bunched up.

Then I cut out the pattern, found here.
I took the back and measured across the fullest part, about 1 inch down from the top.
And then made a long strip that would go about 3 times across it.

Then I pressed the seams down and trimmed them with my pinking shears.

I then decided to just use the pinking shears all the way down the length of the strip.
The better and probably more attractive way of doing this would be to use a serger and edge finish the strips.
My serger and I are not on speaking terms at the moment.
Hence the pinking.

I just barely did it along the edge as not to lose a lot of width.

And it made a pretty mess for me to clean up.  
But it's pink so it's not all bad, right?!

I then ran a gathering stitch down the middle of the strip.

And then gathered the crap out of it!

I didn't worry about finishing the edges because they would be encased in the seams.
But I imagine it would be a good thing to do if you were to be adding ruffles to pants or pre-made panties.
Anway I then laid the ruffle across the back of the diaper cover and pinned in place.

I used a tiny stitch to make sure it was good and secure.

And repeat.
4 times.

And then I followed Dana's instructions from there.
I did, however, use bias tape when making the elastic casing around the leg, just to make sure the ruffles didn't get in the way of sliding the elastic through.

And there you have it.
Adorable little girly underthings!

I don't have a model yet, so this will have to do.

Oh alright.  Just for fun...

I have no words.  I am just so dang excited to have this baby girl!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Itty Bitty Baby Dress

I have a problem.  It’s a big one too.
I have been surrounded by nothin’ but boys all my life.
3 brothers, then a husband, then 2 sons.
So you could say I’ve pretty much got a handle on the whole male situation.
Well, now that Little Miss is on the way, well, a crapload of opportunity has opened up for me.
No seriously.
Headbands, bows, flower clips, dresses, pink stuff.
And it’s everywhere!
And I can not control myself!!
It’s all so adorable and yummy!
So prepare yourselves, friends, for a rapid-fire of girly goodness coming right at ya!
It all started with the quilt.
And now I’ve made a dress.
Not only a dress, but a tiny dress.
Teeny tiny adorable dress.
Have you ever been to Made By Rae?
Go there.
She has a FREE pattern for said itty bitty dress.
And also a ton of pictures and cuteness.
And it was so easy!
I made it in less than an hour, start to finish.
Okay enough talk.
Wanna see it??!?!?
No really, it’s pretty stinkin’ cute.
The pattern calls for 1/2 yd of fabric, but I had 1/4 yd of this adorable Hello Kitty stuff that I bought recently just because I couldn’t resist the cuteness.
(See, I told you I have a problem!)
So I used a pink I had for the lining and made it a little shorter than the pattern.
Which is alright because my next project is gonna be an adorable pair of ruffle bottomed bloomers to go underneath.

Just try and resist snuggling a little baby in this dress!!

(Also pretty sweet name, don’t you think? )