Sewing for Fall
Dear Baby Roo,
You are SO close to walking and that means it is much easier to wear dresses, so for fall/winter I have sewn a few more dresses for you.
First, a little jumper smocked with kangaroos, because, after all your nickname is Baby Roo. I wanted to have this ready for you to wear during your birthday/Christmas time, so I bought a pre-pleated jumper from Sew Delightful in Tuscaloosa. That meant all I had to do was the smocking and hem the jumper. It did save a lot of time and was not too terribly expensive.
The smocking plate is Jonathan’s Kangaroos by Ellen McCarn. My picture smocking skills are not exactly stellar, but this will still be cute for you to wear.
The second outfit is a top made with Kokka Trefle linen that has sewing machines, dress forms, etc. on it. SO cute! It was a gift from my friend, Kendra of Miss Knitta. She had gone on a trip to Japan and brought this back for you, along with another fabulous Japanese children’s pattern book called The Children’s Style Book. You have certainly been the lucky recipient of her great taste!
This top was from that book and the only changes I made were to add shirring in the body and a ruffled hem of purple corduroy for a little more length. The purple corduroy is the same as the pants I made before, so this will go perfectly with them.
I had just a little bit more of the Alabama fabric that my friend, Rene’ of Rene’ Creates sent. Since it looks like Alabama is STILL a contender for the BCS Championship (Roll Tide!), I used the last of the fabric to make a little pillowcase dress to wear during the final games with a shirt and leggings underneath. These are so easy to make and your Mama likes you to be dressed well for game day.
The final outfit is this little gray fleece dress with a cowl neck. I first saw this on Un Petit Design and just fell in love with it. She had a tutorial and pattern for a size 4-5. I made about a size 18 month and did it in a little different way. Rather than trying to re-size her pattern, I made pleats in the fabric before cutting it. Then I laid a bodice pattern piece over the pleats and cut it out. This kept the proportions correct for the armscye and neck opening. I used bias tape to finish the armhole openings rather than just turning under the edges.
Your Mama asked for a little beret to go with it. I modified this pattern from lil blue boo.
Now, I better get back to knitting before you outgrow the sweater I started some months back. It is hard to believe that you are almost 11 months, have 14+ teeth, will eat almost anything from eggplant to kiwi, love to be out and about exploring new things, and along with your Mama, are what we are most thankful for.
I love you Baby Roo.