Baby Sewing Style: Peasant Top

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I've become slightly obsessed with trying to make clothes for Sadie. The obsession is despite the fact that I'm fairly mediocre at the sewing machine. I can do basic projects that involve sewing in a straight line, and with these "skills" was was able to tackle nursery projects like curtains, crib skirt, sheets, mobile, etc. Easy peasy.

So why exactly am I trying to make clothing for my child? I have no clue. Nor do I understand how or when I expect to complete these projects while working 40 hours a week (not including commuting time) and taking care of baby when not at work. Regardless, I've been scanning the internet for simple projects that I feel like I can handle that also come with free patterns that are sized for my baby. Not exactly easy to find.

I stumbled across this pattern for making a baby peasant blouse. It seemed simple enough, included the pattern for 3-6 months and had instructions that I could actually understand.

I'm proud to say I was actually able to finish the shirt in one sewing session (probably 1-2 hours), only had to make minor adjustments to the elastic in the sleeves so that it fit Sadie's arms, and only had to rip out some of my work and start over once (when I sewed a sleeve on inside out - typical).

And, at the end of it all, it actually looks like a shirt! It may actually look someone store bought (ok, I might be getting a little too confident, especially as you can see a thread hanging from the bottom of it). But if you're fairly new to sewing/have basic skills (like me!) you can probably tackle this project.

Regardless, Sadie was happy to model the shirt. Her whole outfit comes in at $15:

Shirt: $5.00 for fabric and elastic
Jeggings: $6.00 from Target
Socks: $4.00 from Trumpette ($24/6 pairs of socks)
Drool on chin: Free!

And, for the record, the jeggings are actually long enough for her chunky legs!

Just two models, hanging around...


Here's hoping I'll have many more "baby style" posts to share with homemade duds for my little girl.

Sadie at 4 Months

Monday, August 27, 2012

And...we have a 4-month old in the house! She's such a big girl and every day is more and more exciting. When she was a newborn it was really hard to see how much better things would get because every day was just so exhausting! And don't get me wrong, things are still incredibly exhausting, but it's a relaxed exhaustion. She's sleeping great at night, she's getting better at napping, we have awesome walks with her in the stroller...and she's just so much fun! We love our Sadie girl.

Nicknames: Button, Sadie Boo, Sadie Baby, Baby Girl
Temperament: You're still such a happy, happy baby. You smile at everyone and just seem to enjoy the world around you. Even when you start to fuss we can often do something funny to get a smile out of you.
Things I Could Do Without: Crying it out. We've just started this process (with the help of our nanny) for daytime naps. It kills my heart listening to you cry and want to be picked up, but we hope that it will make you a better napper. You're already improving!
Item/Toy We Love The Most:  Sophie the Giraffe. It's so fun watching you learn to grab her and chomp on her! We're also loving our Ergo Carrier - it's like walking around while you hug us!
Item/Toy You Love The Most: Someone gave us a bunch of their old baby toys, including this flower that plays classical music. You love it! If you're doing tummy time as soon as you hear the music your head pops up.
Things I’m Loving Most Right Now: Giving you kisses. When you know I'm going to give you a kiss you look up at me, open your mouth and flutter your eyes. It's the cutest thing ever!
Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: Riding in your stroller. We transitioned you out of your car seat and into the main part of your stroller. You love sitting like a big girl and watching the world around you.
Sounds/Words: You are LOUD. You've definitely been testing out just how loud you can get and it's fun to hear you babble.
Foods You Like: Breast milk!