Four Custom Reversible Infant Outfits

I had a wonderful birthday this year, and one of the reasons is because I woke up to my first blog features AND a request for a custom order!  I couldn’t have asked for a better present.  Really, I’m not joking.  I had a HUGE grin on my face literally ALL DAY :).  I was especially stoked to find out that she had chosen me from the list of Fairy Seamstresses over at The Fabric Fairy (one of my faves!).  I was so excited to get started.
The lovely soon-to-be-mommy from Georgia is as sweet as a peach (I couldn’t help myself) and very creative: she designed her own fabric at Spoonflower!  I have always been daunted by this because if the design isn’t right, the print won’t look right, blah…you get the picture.  Well, she did it, and the fabric is A-DOR-A-BLE!

 These two fabrics are Kona Cotton (a woven fabric), and the little elephants are just so sweet!

These two fabrics are an organic cotton interlock (jersey knit), and I can I just say that I LOVE these lambies!!!
The Georgia Mama also gave me a very fun twist for this project–all outfits needed to be reversible because she and her hubby have decided to be surprised!  The Daddy Man and I just could not do that, and we won’t wait when we decided to have a second child, either :).  I am soooooooo impressed that they are waiting–it’s such a cool surprise for them, and makes these outfits all the more special!  She sent me some inspirational photos of pieces she liked, so I designed based off of those.  One piece, however, was one of my own sketches.  So, here’s what we came up with:

To the left is the girl lambie print and below is the reverse in the boy lambie print.  Each side has fold-over mitts; the front buttons down and has a generous overlap so there is no exposed skin to make newborns cold.  The bottom is open but gathered with elastic.  It’s a classic sack sleeper for a newborn.

To the left is the girly elephants and below is the reverse boy elephants.  This piece is a kimono-style wrap gown with three ties on both the inside and outside.

We used the woven elephant fabric and kimono style again to create a top that is both reversible and has a little personality.  The boy side (left) shows both rows of buttons, giving it a hint of a double-breasted style jacket for a little man :).  The girl side (below) has a shorter fold-over panel in the front and only shows one row of buttons to give it a more dainty feel for a little lady.

This reversible onesie has the boy lambies on one side and the girl lambies on the reverse and, again, has small aesthetic differences to give the pieces an individual feel.  One armpit and sleeve and one side(partially) both button-down as well as the crotch.  The boy side (above) has the exposed snap panel on at the armpit and the side which, to me at least, invokes a slight military feel very appropriate for a boy.  The girl side, however, has the snap panel tucked in and has a just a small strip of contrasting fabric at the armpit, a very simple design to emphasize the girly lambs and de-emphasize the gender-neutralness of the  shape.

All of the buttons/snaps I used were nickel-free.  I made the edging for all the pieces with the fabric that was provided except for the white binding on the gown.  With the jersey pieces, I used silk thread on top and used wooly nylon thread in the bobbin so that the seams stretch without snapping and the fabric does not bunch at the seams; I used a jersey needle and a walking foot as well to stabilize the fabric as it went through the presser foot so the seams were not distorted–no serger here!

This project was just awesome from start to finish: awesome mama, awesome fabric, awesome designs, and most importantly, a very happy client.  I am going to be making more of these (in different fabric πŸ™  for friends who are having babies in the near future, and I am going to be adding them as design options at the Robug Couture shop.  And, I’m hoping I can have myself ready to open an Etsy shop soon–what do you think?

Thanks for reading!

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12 thoughts on “Four Custom Reversible Infant Outfits

  1. Love that they are reversible! and so cute! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week’s party! πŸ™‚ -The Sisters

    1. Making all of them reversible was a challenge, but I’m so pleased with how they turned out! Thank you very much for stopping by and I will definitely be at the next party–it’s one of my favorites! Thanks again!

    1. Thank you very much! I impressed myself a bit on these πŸ™‚ These little outfits have definitely given me the baby itch. Thanks for coming by!

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