Normally, baby gifts are my favorite thing in the world to sew. Soft fabrics, tiny patterns, cute-as-can-be designs that go together quickly. It's practically why I learned to sew. But sometimes they're not so fun. When you choose a pattern without any real instructions and repeatedly find yourself guessing, for example. Or when you sew a sleeve on inside out and don't realize it until the entire shirt is finished and then find yourself picking apart a million stitches late at night. Even in those situations, though, the end result is worth every bit of the trouble. See?
Our Longhorn-loving friends just had a baby boy, so I knew I had to sew something with burnt orange trim. Since I was making one little outfit with burnt orange trim, I went ahead and made a second for Big Sister's former teacher, who is due to deliver a baby boy very soon as well. I think this heathered, striped rib knit by Kumquat (but available at The Fabric Fairy), along with the coordinating cotton-lycra French terry is the perfect cute-but-not-too-cute fabric for a baby boy.
I used patterns in the Farbenmix Zwergenverpackung baby collection, which I purchased from Banberry Place. For one lap tee, I used a coverstitch binding attachment.
The other I used the MADE 90-minute shirt tutorial, so the serged edges would show.
The lap tees came together very nicely, and I'm happy with the look. I only wish I had a tiny baby to try them on.
The pants are the simple trousers in the Zwergenverpackung collection, but not made reversible. They did not come together nearly as easily as I would have guessed. The instructions for sewing these pants are not at all clear. I had no idea what width elastic I should use, how much I should fold over the waist, whether I should add hem allowance to the legs or seam allowance to the waist. I ended up pulling out some of Baby Brother's old knit pants and using them as a guide. Based on those, I think the Zwergenverpackung trousers are very high-waisted. I trimmed more than an inch off the back and considerably more than that off the front, and I used 3/4-in. elastic. Still, these pants are higher-waisted than the two pairs of Tea Collection pants I compared them to. But they look nicely proportioned and very likely to fit a real baby.
I also made some beaded chains for pacifiers/teethers/toys. I know some parents will see these and panic, especially first-time moms. But I feel really confident in their safety. I use industrial strength, thick nylon cord. I double string and double-knot them, and I have separately-knotted safety beads on each end. It would be nearly impossible for a bead to come off. Little Brother still uses these, and we've never had an incident. I know not all parents would feel comfortable with this, and that's okay. But it does make a nice gift presentation, doesn't it?