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!
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 🙁 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!