Sunday, June 26, 2016

bubbla shorts

A couple weeks ago, I had the exciting opportunity to test the Bubbla Shorts pattern by Steph at The Eli Monster. The pattern is what you would expect based on the title - fun, cute, classic bubble shorts. One of the most exciting things about the pattern is that it comes in sizes newborn through 12! So I think I'll be getting lots of use out of this one. The baby sizes are "bubblier" to accommodate diapers (and let's face it... for added cuteness!) and the larger sizes are slimmed down appropriately.

This is a QUICK pattern to sew up. Probably an hour or less, including printing, piecing and cutting. I must say I love a pattern with near-instant gratification!

I made the 3-6 month size for my 4 month old and it fits her perfectly. She is wearing 6 month size in ready-to-wear clothing, so the sizing seems just right. The shorts are super cute and fit her nicely, while still giving her plenty of room to move, move, move!

These little shorts are definitely a hit and I can see myself making lots more for both my girls

Verdict: easy and adorable. :)

Monday, June 20, 2016

spitty baby bandana bibs

My baby girl is a spitter. Seriously spitty. My other daughter was not like this so it is new to me and I am definitely still figuring out how to manage the constant mess.

I decided to make her some of the cute bandana-style bibs that are all the rage lately. I found a free pattern from See Kate Sew and used some of my favorite scrap pieces. Easy peasy.

The bibs fit well but next time I would probably make a couple changes. First, I would use a different absorbent material for the backing of the bib. I used chenille that I had left over from making burp cloths and it makes the bibs a little too thick and stiff for my liking. I think using flannel would help them to lay better. Second, I might add a bit more neck curve into the pattern so that it doesn't bunch up quite so much around the neck. 

Her new bibs look so cute... too bad they are basically worthless for the spit-up. It always goes everywhere but the bib or the burp cloth or whatever I am trying to catch it with. Ugh. Oh well, they will probably work great for when she becomes a drooly teething baby. :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Bucket Hat

I made another Oliver + S Reversible Bucket Hat! (See my others HERE.) 

My 3-year-old was growing out of the one I made her last year - it wouldn't stay on her head! So I made her the largest size... hoping it will fit for at least a couple years! I let her pick her own fabric and I have to say it turned out pretty cute!

I love the pattern (and of course I also love that it's free) but I still had trouble with the final step. I just couldn't get the inside to look nice, so it isn't really reversible in its current state. I considered picking out my stitches and trying again, but my daughter was itching to wear her new hat and I knew she would never wear the orange side anyway, so I just gave it to her. Oh well, next time I'll try harder. For now, we'll just enjoy the hat. :)