Friday, September 3, 2010

Starting to Sew Again!

This Wednesday Tristan turned 2 weeks old and I am starting to feel like a real person again! We are slowly getting into some kind of routine with just the two of us here during the day while everyone else is at school and work. As soon as I put Tristan down for a nap I run into my studio to cut something out or sew something up! Oh, and throw a load of wash in too! I forgot how much more laundry a baby can make!!

This week I traced some otto preemie patterns and tried a few free tutes too! Issue 6/07 has some great preemie patterns, I tried out the wraparound jacket and the jumper. The wraparound is a great pattern. I made a 45 and Tristan is a little over 6 lbs now, fits him great! If anyone does this one, for this size I used ribbing that was 44" long for the top.

The jumper pattern was a different story. The first time around I did it as they wrote it and what a pain!! If anyone tells you that binding, corners and a preemie size is a great idea, they are fooling you!! Horrible to coverstitch, the curves are just too small and really curvy for a coverstitch machine.

So the next attempt, I decided to cut out a facing instead. Super easy just trace the top of the jumper. I did a simple zig zag stitch on mine for topstitching. This was a much better method than the binding, trust me!

I also tried out the free XXS Comet Tails diaper pattern. I really like this one. It is very SMALL though, so unless you have a peanut this probably isn't the dipe for you. I had to put the diaper on the 2nd setting for Tristan. I may just enlarge it a little for the next time.

Oh and before I forget, I tried out the freebie breast pads too. LOVE these! I made 2 pair the other day, but I will definitely need a couple more. Great pattern and super easy to sew up!! The inside is a bamboo fleece and the outter shell is PUL. Very absorbant and the bamboo fleece is super comfy against the skin!

I made these little shoes to match the outfit above. I cut them out without the seam allowance AND took a bigger seam allowance, but they are still a little too big. Very cute though and they don't take but an hour or so to sew up from start to finish.

I hope to have a few more things to share from this weekend! I hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day!! Happy Sewing!!

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