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Today I’m sharing my part of a collaborative effort on behalf of the wonderful Rachel of Stitched Together.

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Rachel’s blog is one my favorites. It’s full of beautiful and inspirational sewing, glowing photography, and some of the sweetest models in blogtown. Rachel is expecting her fifth child any time now, and Victoria of As it Seams has organized a group of Rachel’s admirers to create a mobile for the new baby. The idea came from the mobiles Victoria and others have put together for the babies-to-be in their circle of friends. And while our group is composed of virtual friendships, each of us wanted to contribute to this exciting event in Rachel’s life – a new baby girl!

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With three daughters and a fourth on the way, Rachel is the queen of dress making, and her girls wear them so beautifully. This baby has it made when it comes to stylish hand-me-downs, and I thought it would be fun to add a little dress to the mobile. This one is made from Essex linen, with batting in the skirt, a felt collar, and a few scraps and running stitches. I left the armholes open to slide a little wire hanger inside, which can be used to hang the dress on the mobile.

Congratulations Rachel, and enjoy these final anticipatory days as you wait to meet your new little girl. She is so lucky to join your beautiful family. I hope you both enjoy our collaboration!

You can check out the rest of mobile pieces via the links below!

victoria | as it seams // kristin | skirt as top

sanae | sanae ishida // suz | sewpony // nat | la gang a nat

 an | straight grain // heidi | elegance and elephants

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I finally finished up the third of the spring Oliver + S patterns, the Lullabye Layette. Just one of the many things I had planned for Kids Clothes Week but didn’t make – that’s always the way.

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It’s such a sweet little set, and I was so happy to see a little baby pattern from Oliver + S. The sizing goes up to 24 months, but to me this kind of thing is cutest in the tiny sizes (and for girl babies!), so I opted to make it in 3-6 months as a baby gift. Good thing other people keep having babies so I don’t have to miss out on sewing stuff like this.

 

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The pants are shot cotton, which I chose for its baby-softness and orange hue – they’re light and airy and they feel great, but I should probably apologize in advance to their recipient because I have a feeling they’ll end up a wrinkled mess out of the dryer. It’s love/hate with shot cotton, I tell ya.

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I added a little band of the shirt fabric on the back pockets by making some single-fold bias tape from a one-inch strip (cut on the grain). And I swapped out the snaps for buttons, only because I had three matching buttons in the correct size, which was too good to pass up. Otherwise I followed the pattern to the letter, and no surprise, it all came out just right.

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Originally I chose the print (Leah Duncan’s Gentle Breeze from her Meadow line) for Lila’s Hide & Seek dress, but after I got it home I decided to set it aside for the layette. It’s such a delicate little print, it seemed just right for a baby girl.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention that the pattern comes with two addition garments, a sweet little jacket and a bubbly bodysuit. I highly recommend the Lullabye Layette, both for its undeniable Oliver + S quality and its squishy-baby cuteness. Thanks to Liesl for sending it my way!

 

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Awhile back I attended a baby shower for none other than skirt as top. I guess you’ve got all the gear you need by the time you get to baby #3, so this was a diaper shower. But I couldn’t very well bring diapers without sewing something to hold them. Kristin has sewn a multitude of Divided Baskets as baby gifts, which I figured must mean she thinks they make good baby gifts, right? So I went with that. I looked through her Camp Ivanhoe Pinterest board to see what might work with the baby’s new room, and picked out a fabric from Sarah Watson’s Indian Summer line.

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The Divided Basket is one of many wonderful Noodlehead patterns. This is my third basket (first two here) – it’s such a fun pattern with such a useful end result, and it’s surprisingly quick to sew after you get everything interfaced. This time I followed Anna’s advice from this post and used Pellon 809 in conjunction with fusible fleece for the main basket pieces. If you’re using all quilting cottons, this combination of interfacing gives the basket a nice amount of structure.

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I also made some burp cloths by binding the edges of some cloth prefolds, same as the ones I made before Oscar was born.

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Baby skirt as top, I can’t wait to meet you and maybe even mop up a little of your cute spit! :)

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Pattern :: Noodlehead Divided Basket

Basket Fabrics :: Sarah Watson’s Woodland Pine, Moda Crossweave in Aqua, Kaffe Fasset spots in Sprout

Burp Cloths :: Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone True Colors in Turquoise, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelet in Tin Man, Dena Fishbein’s Tarika in Moss

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It’s Kid’s Clothes Week! And look at that, the button matches my first project. I should probably just quit now while I’m ahead.

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Oscar’s dear friend had her first birthday last week, and since I don’t have a little girl to sew for anymore, I thought it would be fun to make her a birthday dress.

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The pattern is the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, and it’s basically the same dress I made for Lila’s third birthday, but with some peachy-coral/minty-aqua prints thrown in. I used something new to me for the main dress fabric – an In the Beginning Modern Solid (in Lead) – these are yarn-dyed solids with two tonal colors woven together, which gives them a similar iridescent quality to shot cotton. They’re very soft like the shots, but slightly more substantial. I wasn’t sure the recipient would appreciate getting out the iron every time the dress was washed, so I picked this fabric in hopes that it wouldn’t wrinkle quite as much. That’s the one downfall of shot cottons – they wrinkle like crazy.

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Oscar was kind enough to try it on for me, but it barely cleared his big old head. His 6-12 month sized days are long gone…

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Many many months ago I tested the Keep Clean Bib pattern for Jen of Lea & Lars. Oscar wasn’t quite ready for bibs back then, and it somehow got lost in a mountain of unfolded fabric until just recently. But the timing is perfect – it fits, he’s a slob, and this thing has full coverage!

keep clean bib -- probably actually-1721We had a similar bib from Ikea when Lila was a baby, but this one is better – the front is lined with flannel, and it’s so long that it doubles as bib and napkin-in-your-lap. Which is perfect, since it eliminates the need for the dishtowel I’d been using protect those fancy trousers he likes to wear.

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I bought the Kokka cars when I found out I was having a boy…you know, because I’d heard that boy babies like car fabric. And the green stripes are Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda. Luckily it all coordinates nicely with the new high chair cushion.

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Anyway, the pattern is quick and simple-to-sew, and I think we’re going to get a lot of use out of this bib now that it’s been unearthed from the pile!

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P.S. The winner of the Gingercake On the Go Organizer pattern giveaway is Nichole (#52) – you should receive your copy of the pattern soon!

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This weekend I completed a super simple project that’s been sitting on my desk since I printed out the pattern six months ago – right around the time Oscar started eating solids like they were going out of style. He was really scrawny back then, so a little extra cushioning seemed like a good idea. I never got around to it though, and at this point I’d characterize him as semi-plump…but I like to finish what I start, so here it is, just half-his-life late – a quilted Antilop highchair cushion. I know it’s a pretty ubiquitous highchair, so I wanted to share in case anyone wants to pretty-up their Ikea Antilop, too.

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The pattern for the cover is a free download from the BurdaStyle website. It was fairly straightforward to put together, even though there wasn’t much guidance to do so. I had to muddle through a bit to figure out how to piece the pattern together, and you have to add seam allowances (why don’t patterns just come with seam allowances? I’m sure there’s some reason I’m missing, right?). But I like how it turned out. And it’s free. So I guess it was worth the extra little bit of brainpower it soaked up.

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Yes, this is going to get food all over it and have to go through the wash every now and then, but I love to see pretty fabric everywhere I look, and this fulfills that love for the dining room.

I used Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone in Pond – I wanted something simple that I wouldn’t grow tired of looking at after a few months, and this fit the bill. You need between 3/4 and 1 yard of fabric (in length) to make this, and I only had a 1/2 yard, so I cut my 1/2 yard width-wise and pieced it back together the long way. Luckily his little tush will hide the seam.

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The Herringbone came from my sponsor, Llama Fabrics, and that brings me to the really good giveaway. Chio is offering up FOUR yards of fabric to one lucky winner! You can break it up any way you like – one four-yard cut, four one-yard cuts, five different 1/2 yards and a 1.5-yard cut – you get the idea….no equation is too complicated :)

You should look around for yourself, but these are a few of my new favorites from Llama Fabrics – Bike Path by Alison Glass:

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Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry:

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And of course, these brand new Herringbone True Colors by Joel Dewberry:herringbone

She’s also ordered some beautiful fabric that’ll be coming in down the line, like Pat Bravo’s Rapture and Sarah Jane’s Wee Wander. And there’s much more – I’m pretty sure you’ll have no trouble finding four yards worth of good stuff if you’re the winner, and if you’re not, it’s not a bad place to do some shopping – great selection, great prices, and as I’ve come to learn over the past several months, a very kind and generous shop owner.

So browse if you like, and leave a comment here to be entered in the giveaway. International entries are welcome, and I’ll choose a random winner on Friday, November 15th!

And for no reason at all, I leave you with one gratuitous photo of Oscar on his birthday bee…

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Oh, and one last order of business – the winner of the Compagnie-M Swing Skirt pattern giveaway is Erin A. Keith! Erin, you should have already received your copy of the pattern – happy sewing!

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The calendar indicates that Oscar will be a year old in 11 days. So I made him some birthday trousers.

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The pattern is the Oliver + S Art Museum trousers. I made them in railroad stripes last month, and that pair ranks as one of my favorite items ever sewn. For real, those pants make me so happy. It’s hard to say just why – the miniature grown-up details, the fit, the fabric – but it might also have something to do with starting to love boy sewing just a little bit. Anyway, another pair was in order.

These are made from Robert Kaufman’s soft, lightweight 21-wale corduroy in tan. I bought mine at Fabric Depot (and it’s all 40% off this week). I’ve sewn with this stuff a lot, and the quality is really nice.

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I did the top stitching in orange to spice things up a little, and used Heather Ross’ guitars for the waistband facing and welt pocket lining. It’s pretty much impossible to get a photo inside those tiny welt pockets, and the insides will never be seen, but I can’t help it, I like knowing it’s in there anyway.

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If you’ve never made a welt pocket, this is the place to learn. I’ll warn you though – if you’re making these for the first time and you haven’t made the vest, the welt instructions and diagrams are in the vest section, so you have to do a little extra thinking to transfer it all over to the pants. But it’s well worth the effort.

See how happy they make him?

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That’s it for now. Next up is a little Halloween sewing. See you tomorrow!

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