How can this sweet baby be two already? My forever baby (because she’s the last) isn’t technically a baby anymore, but when my husband suggested I should stop calling her that I just rolled my eyes. I hope I’m lucky enough to be calling her my baby when she’s a mother herself. She had an ice cream-themed birthday party to reflect her great love of that dessert, which she calls “ceam.” Her dress is made from New Look 6796 out of fabric from the Kanvas What’s the Scoop line. Her big sister made her the matching cape (who doesn’t need a cape to go with her birthday dress?) and I crocheted the hat. I couldn’t find a hat pattern that looked like ice cream, so I used the Lion Brand Cone Hat pattern and then did a headband of crocodile stitches and sewed it to the brim. I think people could tell what it was supposed to be, and she loves it, which is most important anyway. Happy birthday my Daphne!
I’ve already confessed a fondness for the current feathers/arrows trend. I know it’ll look as tired as pink and turquoise owls with chevrons in a couple years (yawn), but I really think it’s cute now. This is based on a pattern from the bargain book Cute Clothes for Kids. I added a pocket with this embroidery from an Etsy seller, and orange trim all around. It’s a wee big on her, but hopefully that means it can be a dress this year (over long sleeves) and a tunic after that.
This is a knitted dress I made for a friend’s baby. I love making baby gifts because the time I spend on them gives me time to think about the new baby. This dress is going to a first baby for such a nice couple, and while I made it I got to recall all the excitement and love and expectation that comes along with waiting for a first baby–and a girl, too. What a treat! I used the Garden Trellis Dress pattern from the book Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders. I used sport-weight yarn, so mine is a little bigger than prescribed, but I knew that going in. I actually very much like the size it turned out because I think it will fit the baby in her first year as a dress, and in her second as a tunic. I used Knit Picks’ Brava yarn in Tidepool so it could be easily laundered. I got a little sidetracked and miscounted on some of the diamonds on the skirt, so they aren’t in exactly the right places according to the pattern, but I felt like you wouldn’t know something was wrong unless you were staring at the pattern so I just went with it.
I love this pattern, McCalls M4421. It’s so easy and fast, it’s comfortable to wear, it can be a dress or tunic, and my mommy used to make it for me when I was a baby! I’ve had this fabric for a year and finally got around to making Daphne a little something out of it. This is sure to be a summer staple for her; she already likes pointing to the foxes and saying “ning ning ning na ning na ning.” Because that’s what foxes say, right?
This was the next installment in the Dresses for Daphne Before She Can Decline series. I love bird prints for her things since I made her baby bedding, mobile, and many of her bibs from bird prints. This print is Michael Miller’s Garden Walk Wing Song, accented with some bright red chevrons. The pattern is one I used before in a smaller size, from Making Baby’s Clothes, and I did my own things with the ruffles. With my two-tiered ruffle on the bottom it’s just a wee bit long on her now, but with the loose fit she may be able to wear it over a red bodysuit this winter and as a cute sun dress in the spring too.
Daphne was not only unwilling to sit still to model this dress, she also happened to be in the ugliest room in the house when it occurred me to to photograph her before she smashed some sort of dark-colored fruit all over the front of herself at next snack or mealtime. So please overlook the peach bathroom I’ve complained about before (ignoring it is what I try to do, until I learn to lay tile which is SO HAPPENING in summer 2015) and instead enjoy the cuteness of my little fall-colored wiggle worm in her new tunic. When I ran across this Dear Stella Woodland Deer print a few weeks ago I just had to have it. The coloring and general look of my baby just fit exactly right with this print. I wanted to buy a zillion yards and stockpile it and make her wear it to prom and her wedding too, but that seemed unreasonable so I bought a yard and made her a tunic instead. I based it on a pattern from the book Making Baby’s Clothes, which I should get a commission on because I’ve never heard anyone else talk about it but I recommend it all the time. It’s loose enough she can wear it over a long-sleeve bodysuit all winter, and she will, because (unlike for prom) I am still the one choosing her clothes now.
This coming cool-weather season has a little bittersweet sense to it for me. In all likelihood, this is the last season I can dress the baby without her input. If she’s anything like her older sister, she’ll be nudging her own little self into the closet by the time her age approaches 2 and then my days of selecting her outfits are over. (You pick your battles, right?) So my hope is to buy her staples like leggings and solid-color bodysuits, then slip sweet little handmade items over them for me to enjoy while she’s still small and has amiable tastes. This dress was the kickoff of what I hope is a cluster of over-dress projects for this winter.
I used the Mandarin Dress pattern from the book Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders. I made a size 2 but cut an inch or so off the hem.
I love the elastic loop and button closure on this pattern, but my little green buttons don’t show up all that well against this busy print. If I make again I’ll choose a tamer print and brighter buttons. It’s a sweet pattern so I’ll probably do just that.
And here’s another project of my oldest daughter’s, because she loves it when I show off her goodies on my blog. She made matching superhero capes for herself and her two siblings. She tells me the “DS” stands for “DeWees Superhero.” Love it!