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!
I can’t believe I’m blogging about sewing instead of camping, because we did go camping and it was not a disaster! Yeah! The curse has been broken! I’ll put up photos later, but right now I’m going to share some of the sweet baby crafting I’ve been doing. This fall seems to be a very busy time for babies among my friends and cousins. I’ve been churning out cute little bibs left and right and have finished a couple little projects in too much haste to photograph them, but I did manage to snap these before they were out the door. This is a flannel-lined cotton jacket and booties based on patterns in the One Yard Wonders book. I’ve blogged about patterns from this book before; it’s so great. It’s become my go-to for quick and cute gift ideas. This jacket came together really quickly and could easily be made in fabrics for a boy or a girl. It’s not grouped with the booties in the book but I thought they made natural companions for a gift. These are for the baby girl expected by one of my cousins.
This little diaper kit was inspired by a Pinterest pin. I have always kept little drawstring bags with diaper change supplies tucked in various spots I might need them, and have even given new mothers drawstring bags before with a suggestion to use them as such, but I had not thought of packaging them as “kit” to make a gift. I bought a pack of newborn diapers (and am now, creepily, being sent baby coupons by Target), some individual wipes packs, a box of disposable changing pads and some individually-wrapped hand-sanitizing wipes. To make up the kits I just stick one or two of each item in a handmade drawstring bag and stick on a little printed label. I’ve now used these bags as add-ons to several baby gifts recently. I feel like they’d make a particularly nice gift to a second-time mother who may be over the hassle of a big diaper bag but who still needs to have all the diaper-change goods at the ready.