i finally got my hands on a library copy of lotta jansdotter‘s book, simple sewing for baby and it is so inspiring! in fact, despite my pile of things to do (top of the list: take care of baby who is developing a shorter nap habit, yikes!) i dropped everything to make two projects right away. first, i tried a bib. i made some adjustments to her pattern instructions and made it two layers instead of one (my laminated cotton material was curling up and wouldn’t lie flat, so i added a flannel back) and my serger was acting up at the time, so instead of serging the edges, i sewed it inside out, turned it and edge-stitched it.) and i left off the pocket (out of sheer laziness). the extra brown piece around the neck was because i only had a quarter yard of the laminated cotton and i wanted the pattern to go in this direction and i thought that maybe flannel would be softer on the back of the neck than plastic anyway. i’m not necessarily advocating that others make these changes (in fact, i can see how there could be some inherent flaws in wearing a bib that doesn’t absorb liquid or have a pocket…. can you say soggy lap?), but just wanted to explain why my bib looks different than the one in the book.
the second thing i made were the super cute bloomers. i love this pattern and may have to make more of them. i also love that the way she’s sewn and styled them in the book they are completely appropriate for boys and not just for wearing under dresses anymore. the only changes i made to this pattern was to use a contrasting fabric for the bias trim around the leg holes (it’s hidden on the inside) because i didn’t have enough of the plaid to cut a bias piece and i still had some leftover bias-cut brown from the quilt i just made. i was a little confused at first about how those leg holes worked (i thought the brown would be visible) but when i studied the pattern and the pictures a little more closely, i figured out my mistake before they were sewn together wrong. here’s my version of her bloomer pattern on my own cute little model:
funny story: that fabric was repurposed from an old pair of mr. happy stuff’s boxer shorts! :) tee hee!
i’m pretty sure i need to own this book.