Thank you for all of the love and support in response to Mr. Baby’s birth story. It is so appreciated, and it is so wonderful to be reminded of what a wonderful community sewists around the world make.
Now, it’s time to move on ahead and get back to the business of sewing! Well, kind of. I actually (amazingly) have had time (and energy!) to sew a few things since his birth, but first I’m going to share a couple of things I made for him in preparation for his arrival. They’ve been FOs for five months or so, but I figured I would wait until after I had a baby to fill them to share. If you follow me on Instagram, these next couple of posts will be vaguely familiar.
Here’s the second piece of clothing I made for the little guy (I’ll share the first with ya later!). It’s Brindille & Twig’s Summer Romper.
If you have babies, toddlers, little kids and don’t know about Brindille and Twig: you should! Totally cute and well designed patterns, and some of them go up to size 6T! So far I’ve purchased half a dozen of them and have been happy with the ones I’ve sewn up.
Full disclosure: those are referral links to B&T; I’ll get a bit o’ gravy to help feed my kiddo pattern addiction if you buy through them.
This romper is such a sweet, fun little piece of clothing for a wee babe or toddler. I honestly bought the pattern because I thought it was quirky and a bit silly: I don’t really see a lot of babies out there wearing things like this in my neck of the woods.
I whipped it up using some super cute Lillestoff cotton/spandex jersey that I purchased in a Midsummer Scrap Pack from Hallå Fabrics. I really, really love the quality of the fabric, but even as a grab bag, this stuff isn’t cheap: I paid $15 a yard not knowing what I would get. This is not my typical MO; I think my cheapassness was temporarily crippled by crazy preggo hormones. Luckily, they all ended up being pretty cute, and I ended up with full yards, half yards and fat halves of fabric.
They really get ya with these cute kiddo prints, don’t they? Especially the super awesome “Euro knits.” I can be convinced to spend this much on fabric to make clothes for my little man, but I would never, ever spend anywhere near that per yard for cotton/spandex for my own clothing (which, admittedly, use far more yardage).
The sizing seems a bit big to me; I made him a newborn size which ended up fitting well until he was about 12 pounds. This is partially due to the spandex in the fabric I chose, though. The photos of him on the ivory blankie and blue couch are when it was getting snug at 10 weeks and slightly over 13.5 pounds (the first three photos I took of him when he was a month old and about 10 pounds).
Speaking of snaps, I decided that my Dritz snap setter was just not sufficient if I were to make a lot of baby clothes. After a bit of research, I decided not to take the super fancy pro plunge, but I did get a Grip-It Snapsetter. It’s still a bit tricky to get everything to stay in place on knit fabric before setting snaps, but is much better than ye olde Dritz.