Happy Monday, everyone! Over the past two weeks my sewing posts have been a little scarce around here and that's because I haven't been creating much. Things are still packed in boxes and stuffed into my parents' library. I haven't set up a sewing station yet, but I will soon, I promise! In the meantime I did stencil some pants for Abby, and I've been going through a lot of pictures of past creations.
Which reminded me that I still have a few things to show you from my Made It For The Boy series.
Before Stryder was born I went into a nesting frenzy, and since there's only so many times you can wash and put away baby clothes, I kept sewing. And sewing and sewing and sewing. As you can see from the picture above, I had a LOT of fun sewing for The Boy (and this is only a small fraction of what I made). Some of my favorite things to make were these Basic Newborn Pants by Made by Rae.
These are the first pair of Basic Newborn Pants I made from Stryder and I still think they are my favorite. I just LOVE the fabric, an organic by Birch Fabrics. (The onesie pictured used to be a plain white onesie but I died it sunshine yellow using RIT dye and appliqued a rocket ship on the chest. I. adore. it.)
I added little cuffs out of another organic print by Birch fabrics (can you see them there at the bottom of the pant legs?). They add a nice little pop on these white pants.
These newborn pants come together so fast and use very little fabric. Which is one reason they are so satisfying! I can make two pairs in one hour. Maybe more if I had everything cut out and ready to go before I started.
Here's the only problem: they only fit Stryder for about one week! He was born at 7lbs 2.5 ounces (big for one of my babies!) but he grew fast. I should have increased the elastic length around the waste and they would have lasted longer. I think he wore each one of these outfits just once. Which makes me just a little bit sad.
I guess that's what pictures are for!
So, whereas this is a pattern I would DEFINITELY suggest, I would also suggest that you use them when the baby it literally new-born. If your sewing for a bigger baby (8lbs or more), I might suggest a different pattern. Rae has another pattern called the Big Butt Baby Pants (or BP3) which is excellent and has a lot more sizes. But this newborn pant is a great pattern to practice on. Definitely possible for a beginning sewer, and Rae's directions are clear and easy to follow.
Here are some more pictures for you:
And, can you believe it, this is the ONLY picture I have of Stryder wearing one of these newborn pants. I can't believe it! I must have been pretty out-of-it those first two weeks.
Isn't he a sweetie? He was just two weeks old in this picture and now he's 5 1/2 months old. I love those cheeks and I must go kiss them now.
Thank you for reading! I'm currently shopping in the LA FABRIC DISTRICT (eeee!!!) and I can't wait to tell you all about it. See you tomorrow, friends!