children’s couture

PHISH TAGGIE BLANKET! I’ve wanted to make one of these for so long and I found the perfect old shirt and matching ribbons and fabric!

This is my favorite thing I’ve made Hannah Claire! She immediately grabbed it and put it in her mouth!

in process



HC makes little baby elephant noises. I had a purple shirt that I wasn’t sure what to do with and several plain onesies, so I decided to make her a baby elephant outfit. It’s soooo cute!! The pants I made following the tutorial I posted in Red Hot Baby Pants post.

Baby Elephant Set

I’ve had my eye on the free tutorial for the Itty Bitty Baby Dress from Made by Rae since before HC was born. I taught myself how to gather and make piping. Here was the first dress made following the 9-11 lb size:

first IBBD

Oh no! HC has a bigger head than the pattern!

Next dress: Cherry sunshine
cherry sunshine

I had some elastic thread and wanted to make a little dress and learn to shirr. I saw some shirred baby girl dresses at Saks for literally $178. After I picked myself up after passing out, I decided to follow the video link’s directions my friend Cory sent me to learn to shirr with Martha Stewart and Heather Ross. The dress will go to baby Penelope in Texas. I absolutely love the colors and fabric combination, and they all came from my huge fabric stash. I didn’t even have to leave the house to get materials.

Bumps in the process: I had set the stitch length to five and the elastic wasn’t really gathering. I switched to a 2 and it worked great. That explains the uneven stitching lines. Also, I had a hard time finishing/hemming the top and would rather attach the straps another way and hem the top before shirring. The last thing that bugs me is that this is shirring instead of smocking technically, although Martha refers to this as smocking.

This dress appears in Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing book, although I haven’t seen a copy.

Shirred Sundress

HC has the most adorable onesie with a red embroidered butterfly on it, but has no bottoms to match them. I decided to make her a pair of pants out of an old red shirt that was too small and had holes in the armpits anyway.

I followed the tutorial on Rookie Moms, an awesome blog, and ended up with these in less than 20 minutes start to finish:

Red Hot Pants

I decorated some burp cloths! They’re the birdseye cotton ones that come in 6 packs. Wash them first in baby-safe detergent, iron them, and then cut strips of cloth to fit the middle part, iron clean edges all tucked under, and sew with either a straight stitch or a zigzag around all 4 sides. Tie them up with a purty bow and you have yourself a fancypants baby shower gift set!

Girl burp cloths

Girl burp cloths

I am due in June and just found out that my fetus, Soda Seven (named after a Seinfeld episode until we think of “real” names) is a she.

Lawsamercy! Let the crafting BEGIN.

Behold, ’tis Soda’s first dress I made for her. Soda will be sporting this at her uncle’s outdoor wedding at the end of August, where she will just have turned 2 months old. The wedding colors are brown and green. It’s actually wider but it looks skinny in this picture. I do believe I made it too long–it’s 16 inches “tall” but I can just scrunch up her legs in there. It’s not like she will walk and trip over it!

She’ll get a hat that matches!

The brown ribbon came from my ribbon stash.

I hope it fits, at least in the top. I’m not so worried about the length. I based measurements from a 3-6mo. onesie and just made it up as I went.  She can always wear it at some other time.

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