18 Mar Birdie and Me
Greetings from the desert! A beautiful baby and gorgeous warm weather greeted us upon our arrival to Scottsdale. Can life get better than this?
I’ve been asked countless times if I plan to sew for Birdie (now 6 months). The answer is YES, but I have decided not to smock again.
It’s been a long time since I’ve attempted to sew baby clothes, and while times have changed, baby patterns have not! After a 25 year break, I was led back to The Children’s Corner patterns and discovered many of the cute patterns I sewed for Katie and Mimi are now online waiting to be sewn once again.
I chose the Taylor romper pattern for Birdie,
Jennifer’s cheerful website, Sisboom is a source of endless inspiration for sewing cute clothes, home dec, crafts and all things related to fabric! I quickly fell right in line with all of its cuteness and sewed myself a companion garment 🙂 So here I am a generation later in my play clothes with my playmate.
What I really wanted to make was the skort featured in this Simplicity Pattern,
but after making yards of bias-cut piping for Birdie’s romper, I was short on fabric and made skirt D.
The pattern features a wide, fitted waistband making it perfect for this very old tie-waist shirt (the ill-fitting back is the RTW giveaway!)
I substituted an invisible zipper for the conventional zipper and suggest the Brother YouTube sewing tutorial for no-fail results (even if you use a different machine).
The skirt was rather short even on me, so I added a one-inch ruffle to lower the length and give it a more playful look. The ruffle is made from a 3-inch piece of fabric cut twice the width of the skirt’s lower edge. The ends were stitched together, folded and gathered, then sewn to the skirt using a 1/2 inch seam. I finished the seam allowance in the serger.
Birdie’s romper is lined and my skirt is underlined in the softest Japanese cotton batiste I have ever touched which I found under a table at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store in Gastonia, NC.
Play clothes, work clothes, party clothes, baby clothes……. one garment leads to another and indeed there is a season for everything in our lives, but all I need to do is peek in a window or overhear a distressed RTW customer to remember ~ it is always the season for sewing.
Until soon 🙂