Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Giraffes! Oh so Comfy!
I have always drooled over anything that I have seen made with the giraffe knits. They came out after Noah, my 7 yr old had already decided that animals weren't cool to wear anymore. So I just lived vicariously through other mommas sewing it up for their little ones.

Well finally it is my turn! A sewingmama was destashing a month or so ago and she generously shared a .5 yd of each of these colorways with me. These were printed on french terry and they are oh so yummy to the touch!! I just knew I had to sew up a couple of diapers. But, they were too cute to be by themselves, so I added a matching ringer tee and wool interlock soaker too.

I love how they turned out, can't wait for a baby boy to put them on. The tee is the altered one I have done previously from ottobre, just cut the front down the middle to make it a little different, soakers are from the katrina soaker and the diapers are size small ladidas. I did the outer with the french terry giraffes, the hidden layer is bamboo fleece and then the inner is terry cloth. I don't have any idea if they will contain anything, but boy they sure are cozy feeling!
Hubby is off tomorrow and he is assembling the baby's crib! I am so excited, can't wait to see what it looks like all set up. I told him I thought that if I had a "naked" crib staring at me everyday it would motivate me to sew up a crib set that much faster! Hopefully it works!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tie Dyed Chucks!

Another one from me today, can you believe it? I am on a roll! If only I could keep my ankles from swelling I would sew all night!

This is a special little tee. I used an applique from the blog I was telling about earlier. Super cute little shoe! The sneaker fabric was some that I had left over from an outfit that I made Noah when he was 2 or 3 years old. The rainbow knit is from a rainforest cafe tee that Skylar, my 14 yr old outgrew and I have been saving. Wish I would have thought to put something from my 16 yr old on it, maybe next time.

The tee is modified from ottobre and the diaper is a size small ladida. The outer fabric is recycled knit, the hidden is a layer of bamboo fleece and the inner is suedecloth. I just love the way it turned out! I can't wait to see my baby boy in it!

Now I am off to put my feet up! Have a great night!!
Freddie the Frog Jumper

I had so much energy this morning that I went to work on a new jumper as soon as breakfast was over. I decided to try one of the appliques from the site that I mentioned last night. I am pleased to report that her designs are beautifully digitized and stitch out so pretty!

I embroidered it on a front for a jamie jumper and finished it up a few minutes ago. I love the colors and the frog, I think I will call him Freddie(the frog not the baby).

Off to make some lunch and then maybe another embroidery or two!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Little Hoot Tee!

Still here sewing away, just slowing down a little. I have so many things left to sew and have 7 weeks left as of tomorrow. So I guess I need to be speeding up and not the other way around!

I added a few gowns to my etsy shop in the last week or so and I am happy to say they flew right out the door! Makes me pure giddy to think they will be snuggling a new little babe very soon! I was able to take my paypal and buy a crib last week that arrived this weekend. Just a few more things to do to our room before we are ready to install it. I think hubby is off on Thursday so that is first on his honey-do list!

Meanwhile I have stalked the isles of the local JA's to find the perfect fabrics for a crib set. I didn't anything too babyish, but didn't want too luxurious either. I think I may have picked out a great in between! My plan is to start next weekend on the bumpers, quilt, skirt and fitted sheets. Hopefully I will like the end result!

I did find some time today in between cleaning and my afternoon nap to cut out a lap tee and download an embroidery for it, to match one of baby boy's diapers. I haven't used my embroidery machine in months, so it took a little while to change out everything and get going. I also saw a great embroidery/applique sight mentioned over at sewing mamas and I can't wait to sew up some of her designs. The blog is actually in Spanish, but can be translated near the bottom. I will add the link over on the left.

This little owl that I did today was a freebie, but I don't remember where. I have had it in my embroidery folder forever just waiting on something to put it on. I was a little upset at first because the design did not stitch out perfectly. To be honest, I am not sure if it was my skills or the digitizers, thankfully the ruggedness grew on me and by the time I was finished with the tee I was very pleased with this little owl.

More to come in the next few days! Enjoy your week everyone!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thing 1 or is it Thing 2?

Noah asked me if I was appliquing thing 1 or thing 2? I'm not sure, but he turned out kind of cute anyway!

I made up this little gown yesterday and have added it to my etsy shop for sale. It is a one of a kind original and will not be duplicated. I have another one in mind for my baby boy, but I really need to sew some small size diapers first!

It's really hard for me to sew something up and not keep it. I play a constant tug of war in my head daily. Dr Seuss has always been my favorite author of children's stories, so this one wasn't easy to let go of.

However, I have realized that now I am down to less than 8 weeks, wow, time has flown! We did not think we would have anymore babies after Noah so we gave away all of his baby furniture and gear. Now I must start all over again and so far, I have purchased nothing! So there will be a steady flow of things going into the etsy shop to help with the funding of all the things that a baby might need. Thankfully since this baby boy is my 4th, I have now realized that a crib, a swing and a stroller w/carseat are the essentials for us. Yes, I said swing, all of my babies LOVED the swing when they were little.

I still need to make a baby sling too. My kids LOVED being slinged when they were infants. I hope this one will enjoy it just as much!

Well off to the studio to sew, sew, sew! If you want to take a peeksie here is the listing for the Thing Sack Gown/Hat Set.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

OOGa BooGa!
I just had to have this ooga booga colorway when I saw it. I love all of the colors and I know it will be just perfect for our little monster.

V-neck gown again, these really do sew up so easy. I think I am addicted to sewing them. I guess our baby boy will probably not need a closet full of gowns, but they sure are cute! I made another for my etsy store, but I haven't quite finished it up yet. It is just like this one, but the ooga monster is on the opposite side. Should be stocked by Monday at the latest.

Now I think I am off to sew diapers. I decided that I should change from newborn and sew up some small ladidas. I just received the perfect fabrics for some comfy dipes, yummy french terry giraffes, in two colorways! I was thinking I needed a gown, but maybe I will do some more tees instead. Or hey, a jamie jumper. The possibilities are endless!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 5, 2010

What a Hoot! Sack Gown

Finally had a go at the v-neck version of my sack gown pattern today. I think it sews up easier than the round neck one! No messing with facings on this one, just binding around the entire front and sew it all up!

This owl fabric has to be one of my favorites at the moment. Just love the teal, orange and brown colors together. I think this could probably be considered gender neutral even. I satin stitched the owl to the front of the gown using my favorite Singer 503a machine. Old machines really do work best for me and "Lorraine" comes through everytime!

Added a knotty hat to top it off along with the matching La-di-da diaper(shown last post) and this baby boy will be ready for a good night's sleep. OR will he be a "night owl" like his sister and brothers before him?? Only time will tell, but at least he will look cute either way!

Have your own night owl that needs a gown and knotty hat set? It just so happens I sewed 2 up and will have one available in my hyenacart store this Wednesday for purchase at 2 PM EST.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Beginnings of my Fitted Stash!

Still sewing along here although my sewing time is growing shorter by the days and hours. I have just 2 months to go, but starting to get the awful ankle swelling. Really putting a damper on my sewing time!

I decided this past week, that I really need to get serious about sewing up some diapers! I have dreamed at least twice now, that baby comes and I have to use a girly fitted that I made to put on his bum!! That must mean I am not close to being ready.

So I have sewn a few Darling Diapers before, the first was a girly one, turned out okay, the next one was the froggy one, and then a space invader one. While they are all probably usable, they look really squishy to me. I tried another this week with minky on the outside, terry for the hidden and suedecloth for the inner. I call it my squishy mess! It is supposed to go with my ducky gown, but I thinked I goofed somewhere!

Then I tried the Sprout Snap diaper. This is a one size fits all diaper that is really cute! While I love how easy it was to sew up, I think even the smallest size may still be too big for a newborn babe. However, I really do like the style and I think I may do some of these for when little boy gets to be a few months old or so.
This one is a free pattern, here ya go!

By this point, I am feeling a little frustrated. I just knew there was something out there that would be easier and more fun to sew. I had seen a lot of mamas at Diaper Divas sew up some great looking diapers and I kept seeing La-Di-Da mentioned over and over. Looked up the site and purchased the diaper. I am so glad that I did!!
You can find the pattern here, only $8, which I think was well worth it!

For some reason this one is much easier to sew for me and always comes out looking right. Even my 1st attempt, another ducky diaper, did pretty well. I have sewn 7 of these so far, but I have lots of fabrics and ideas for more. I think I am on diaper overload though having sewn 8 in 2 days, so I am going to cut out some matching tees and gowns and have a diaper break for a few days.