Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Skirted Diaper Sets for Charm and Chloe
In my quest to make sweet Charm some more modern, less fancy clothing I went to youcanmakethis.com to check out the baby epatterns posted there. I was delighted when I came across a darling skirted diaper cover in multiple sizes. It is by Tie Dye Diva Designs & Monkeysbug Tees and is titled "How to Sew Skirted Diaper Covers". The directions are clear with great photos and the little skirted covers come out just as cute as can be. The only thing that I changed when making my versions was to apply the bias seam binding the way I am familiar with: trim 1/4 inch off leg openings, open seam binding, place atop the leg opening right sides together, stitch in the crease of the seam, turn, press, and stitch close to edge of the binding. (Leaving an opening at the seam of the crotch for the elastic.)
This time I took a onesie and tiny socks and just added bows and a button (very securely fastened!). The pink polycotton gingham, lace and ribbons were all in my stash. I washed all the clothing and fabrics first to preshrink and to remove any chemicals that might harm a baby's sensitive skin.
The shaped and lined bidie pattern (burp cloth) was another 'find' on youcanmakethis.com. I liked the idea of shaping a cloth diaper and lining it in the outfit fabric. This pattern will definitely be made many, many times again!
Can't you just see this covering a sweet little diapered tu*shie? It's frilly and feminine but easy to put on, wear, remove for changes, and completely washer and dryer friendly! Using polycotton makes ironing unnecessary, too!
When Charm goes to preschool at our school she will have already made a great friend. Baby Chloe is due to another one of our teachers next month. She will have a 10 year old sister who is a friend of Charm's oldest sister Ashlyn and a 15 year old brother who is one of my son's best friends. The little girls will know each other well by the time they get to school! I made a few outfits for Choe's baby shower. This little yellow gingham and lavender set is made using the same patterns I used for Charm's ensemble.
You can see the underside of the skirt section and the bias binding inside the leg openings in this photo.
I think that I am rather liking this modern sewing for little babies! The outfits are uncomplicated and faster to finish. Nice for a change but I still love the more traditional clothing best. I do love hand work like smocking and embroidering! I even like to hand stitch hems (when there are no time constraints)! Check out the You Can Make This website and have fun sewing!