I made a teeny tiny Peekaboo Sunbonnet from a Made by Rae pattern for a friend who is due to deliver a baby girl next week. This is the newborn size. The cuteness factor is almost unbearable, wouldn't you say?
Here is the reverse side. Bitty Baby was a great model. She looked where I wanted her to look. She didn't try to grab the camera or scream when I wouldn't give it to her.
I made one for B too. In size 1-2. It fits really well, with a little growing room. This was a quick and easy sew. Probably under 2 hours without kids around; a bit longer if you are working around naps and such. The polka-dots are DS Quilts by Denyse Schmidt found at JoAnn's.
The reverse side is Kaffe Fasset Kite Tails. I love this pattern. I want to make more bonnets. I'm tempted to make one for S too.
I'm taking a little break to work on this Daisy Chain Sampler Embroidery designed by Alicia Paulsen of Rosy Little Things. I bought this as a kit, but you can buy the PDF pattern here. It's slow work but deeply satisfying in a different way than sewing. I don't know exactly how to explain it, but I get the same feeling when I knit and crochet. I think it has to do with the process, that rhythmic motion of your hands and fingers at work and the tactile experience of the yarn and needle. For a few years in my twenties, knitting, and later crocheting, was something that I turned to for it's therapeutic powers. Quiet, peace, tranquility and balance: these were things that I found. It is deeply absorbing and is taking me away momentarily from my sewing.
I love each and every letter that I've finished so far, although of course the stitches are far from perfect. I am learning as I'm going you see. The instructions are written and illustrated so clearly that even a novice can pick it up pretty easily. I did, however, have to google french knots and found a video tutorial for those tricky stitches.
In sewing news, I have two peekaboo bonnets cut out. I will get to them before this weekend when we will finally have some sun.
I must say this week has been so fun. Although I did miss S, caring for one easy baby was a nice break. I got so much done. S finally has some cute summer clothes that will hopefully last her through the school year.
Here is another twirly skirt, this time I used Lisette voile and poplin for the hem and waist. I think I like the voile and poplin better for this skirt. It is still nice and full but drapes better than quilting cotton.
I even had time to make the teachers at S's dance camp thank you gifts. Below are Rapunzel zippy pouches made from a Skip to My Lou tutorial, found here
Since the camp was based on Disney's Tangled, I thought it was appopriate to use Heather Ross's Rapunzel fabric. I love how this turned out. Heather Ross's fabrics make the simplest things look beautiful.
And the project that I am most exicted about. I had bought S a knit romper from target a month ago for our Disneyland trip. It was super cheap, maybe under $5, and as cheap clothes go, cute but plain. It was a solid hot pink with a little ice cream cone iron-on. I really liked the cut of the romper though and decided to make s one out of nicer fabric. I'm so glad I did because it turned out so cute.
I used the target romper as a pattern, just laid it right on top of the fabric and started cutting away. I added bias tape for the edging of the shorts and the top.
I'm hoping to keep the momentum going. Both girls need sun hats. Hmmm, maybe an Oliver & S bucket hat for S and a Made by Rae Peekaboo Bonnet for B. Stay tuned...