I've been planning to blog for a few months now. However, I was so caught up in finishing my fabric line, I didn't have the time to learn what I was doing just then. Anyway, here are some baby presents I made a few months ago for my friend, Emma. She was pregnant with her 10th child, her FIRST boy! Can you believe it? (Emma, you're my hero -- I don't know how you do it.) I wanted to tell you guys all about these get-ups, but didn't yet have the forum. So, luckily I took a couple of photos and can tell you all about them now :-)
I picked up these onesies at the dollar store! The fabric has a great hand and they're well sewn. The "99cents Only" store surprises me regularly with such finds. I appliqued the monkey and the little boy fabric on by hand and added some decorative stitches. I didn't want the boy to be embarrassed, chasing nothing with his net, so I gave him a swarm of knots to pursue and some grass to run on. My monkey needed some sparkle, so I framed him in a blanket stitch with shiny machine-embroidery thread.
Onto the shoes -- the blue polkadot slip-ons are the simplest pattern, so it's all about the decorating. Big fun to design. I went overboard, with teeny blanket-stitching and quilted leather soles. Who can blame me, I was on vacation when I made them and needed to keep my hands busy.
The banana shoes are more structurally complex, but quicker than polkadots. The pattern is similar to Robeez, so there is an elastic that goes around the ankle area and then up through a small area of the upper shoe. I'd heard so many mothers rave about how well Robeez stay put, I had to experiment with the concept. I had a whole baby shoe phase a few months back. I'll look for more photos and get back to you with the girly variety. Maybe I'll even put together a pattern to share, if you guys are interested.