Friday, March 9, 2012

Ruthie's Romper, and other things

I'm so excited to have a baby girl! Not only are all the clothes at the store cute, but I can make pretty things for her to wear as well!

I went through my stash of patterns, mostly from Izzy & Ivy Designs, and I only had 1 pattern that was sized for 3 months.  Everything else starts around 12, 18, or 24 months.  Oh well, she will be darling when she turns 1! :)

The pattern I had was Ruthie's Romper.  Oh my gosh, it is so cute!!  It took me a few days to make.  See, I'm a quilter, not a garment/bag maker, so taking a 2 dimensional image and turning it into a 3 dimensional object doesn't click as easily in my brain.  Aside from that little hiccup, the pattern was really well illustrated and written.

Have you been to their blog?  It's so cute and they have some awesome tutorials.  The Ruthie's Romper pattern has you do some shirring at the top of the romper, and I had never done that before.  Their blog had some great tips, links, and info about shirring.  I am now totally addicted.  I'm going to make a couple more things just so I can do it! (dresses, skirts, more rompers....I'll do it if it has shirring!)

Anyway, the romper turned out really great and she looks so dang adorable in it!  Sorry the picture is kind of crappy, but the lighting in her bedroom isn't the best in the morning.  I'm sad you can't really see them, but her socks match the contrasting ruffle of the romper perfectly!

Making this little romper lit the fire under me and I went out and bought 4 different baby clothes patterns.  I love that you can buy separate pieces of baby clothing at the store (Walmart's Garanimals are my favorites).  B has tons of onesies, pants, a few shirts and skirts, etc.  But what she really needs are jackets.  I haven't been able to find any cute baby jackets in my price range (sorry, but I am NOT going to pay $50 for a jacket she'll be able to wear for a month or two), and the jackets that I could find that I kind of liked only came in a set with a onesie and pants to match.  She has tons of pants and onesies.  Literally.  We had to expand her half of the dresser into the drawers in the hall so that all of her clothes had a place to be put away.  (I am not kidding).

So anyway, I went to Joann's and bought some patterns: a couple New Look, a Simplicity, and I think a Butterick (or was it McCall's?).

Correction: I purchased 3 Simplicity patterns and 1 New Look pattern.

 At any rate, I bought some dang cute ones.  I've purchased my fabric, cut out my patterns, and am currently working on making a darling little dress and a pair of pants.  I'll post pictures when they're done.  I'm pretty excited.  :)

What are some of your favorite patterns for kids? I'd love to build up my pattern stash.