Little Bits of Fabric

Fabric remnants are ideal for making outfits for little people. They’re small, they’re less expensive, and you can find really cute ones in the remnant bin. Like these:

fabric remnants

cute remnants

The pattern presented itself in May 2015 Burdastyle UK.

Burdastyle baby clothes

Little Burda Clothes

I decided to experiment with the more ordinary remnants before taking on the premium Frozen item, the fabric roll on the far right in the first image. Good thing, too, because I discovered that I’d traced the pattern a bit wrong. The dress and top are the same pattern piece with two different lengths and sleeves. Sometimes it’s hard to see the tracing lines on the Burda pattern sheets, because they’re all mixed in with about a hundred other pattern lines. And you have to add seam and hem allowances to every cutting line.

Burma baby clothes

top and shorts

This is my take on the top and shorts. I used small rickrack for top sleeve and hem trim, rather than the stretch lace trim called for. For the waist and leg bands, I used Dritz fold-over elastic from JoAnn’s, rather than rib-knit called for in the pattern.

Burma baby clothes

Burda dress and shorts

The pocket trim on the dress called for elastic ribbon. What the? Never heard of it. But I had a little strip of teal piping in the “oddments” baggie, so I used that. I think the big giant pocket on the front of the dress looks kind of cyclopic, but maybe it will be fun for a toddler. For these pants, I did use the rib-knit, as I just happened to have a remnant of matching white in the stash. The waistband is a casing of rib-knit fabric stuffed with 1-inch wide elastic. The leg bands are just rib-knit with no elastic inside. And since both of these remnants have similar colors, I combined  them in the reversible bucket hat.

Burma baby hat

reversible hat

Oh by the way, you might want to get in on this opportunity to win a Janome serger from Burda. all you have to do is enter a fitting tip in the comments on their contest page. You might need to have an account with them and sign in to it, to do this…

Baby Gator Booties redux

Do-over!

Since I wasn’t all that thrilled with the results of the recent project, I tried again, this time using the “overlock” stitch on my regular sewing machine, Ruby, rather than the serger, Sheila, who mysteriously stopped working yesterday in the middle of serging around the sole of one of the little booties.

Ruby did the left, Sheila did the right

As you can see here, the regular sewing machine booties on the left are a lot bigger. The serger booties had their seam allowances sheared off each time a seam was serged. Although, the directions say to use a “scant 1/8 inch” seam allowance–who can do that? I repeat, who can sew a seam with a 1/8″ seam allowance, while trying to pivot a little pile of 3 to 5 stacked pieces of thick fabric around a bunch of needles sewing 1500 stitches a minute? The serged boots are smaller, cuter, and the serged seams lie flatter and feel to be more finished. The stitched booties have a more oval-shaped sole like it’s supposed to be (my serged soles were abbreviated by so many re-do’s because the threads from the four cones kept coming unthreaded). I think the original looks better than the do-over!

Bam-bam boots!

This week’s remnant project is a very small set of baby booties made from a small piece of fabric: I found a .5-yard piece of orange fleece and of course, some leftover cotton gator fabric (I guess I’m a one-trick pony when it comes to remnants lately, nearly always gator!)

before assembling

This was another serger project (by Pamela Hastings) from the book Simple Serger Sewing. The blurb said “Line trendy cotton print [in other words, gator fabric] with fleece and finish with an overlock stitch…” Well, it could have been quick and easy. But, Sheila the serger didn’t stay for the finish. About halfway through, she started in with a horribly portentious clicking noise and some or all the threads came undone at every attempt. But I pressed on (idiot, but I tried everything to fix it). Next thing I knew there was only a stub of one needle and all the other threads wildly going everywhere. Sigh. With every pass, the cutter was working great. So the soles of the booties were getting smaller and less oval, but remained un-overlocked. I grabbed the 2nd one and went to the Ruby, and sewed using the designated overlock stitch I learned in class yesterday, and it went well. Great serge, no cutting. Which I should have attempted to do from the first, and now I know to do it next time.

Rustic-looking little boots, huh?

So, I don’t know if I feel confident enough to give these to an actual baby, because they’re rather primitive.  If I care to make another pair, the time spent isn’t much at all. But, it was a creative idea someone came up with!

 

Girlie Baby Gator Funsie Onesie

I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time, but I was afraid of my serger! The project instructions can be found in Simple Serger Sewing , edited by Julie Johnson, published by House of White Birches, page 21 article “Funsie Onesie” by Lorine Mason. The same author, Lorine Mason, did a Valentine version of it, published in the magazine Sewing Savvy, January 2009, entitled “Baby Valentine.”

The remnant and other components

 

My take on this project started with a yard of pink and white girlie-gator collegiate fabric, leftover from another project. Add to that a onesie (I made three for this project) and a package of bias tape in a color coordinated with the fabric. I had a package I had gotten from a yard sale, with a date of 1978 on the back! It says on the back: “Does your child sew? Send 3 labels and $1.00 for a generous package of clippings of Wright’s Trimmings for doll’s clothes. Allow about 4-6 weeks for delivery. Include zip code with address.” Love it!!!! Those were the good old days, huh?

I used about half a yard to make the skirts for 3 onesies, so I have a little bit of the pink gator fabric left for a future project. I made two  size 6 months and one 24 months. For the older baby’s outfit, I sewed on a rosebud at the neckline in lieu of the three buttons along the tummy. Reasons: I only had 6 buttons, and I figured the older baby would be more likely to wrench off the buttons than the young baby, who is still struggling with how to use her various appendages.

6 month size, with buttons

24-month size, with rosette

A word for the penny pincher: I bought a litter of onesies on a collective hanger when I visited Lakeland, at the Burlington Coat Factory. The off brand, SpaSilk, onesies are less than half the price of Carter’s onesies, tag price $9.99 for five vs $24.00 for four. And the SpaSilk ones even came in colors and patterns, and were very soft. No word on the durability of each after the usual use and abuse. Hey, where can I find a baby model?

I think, upon studying the larger one, that the skirt could be made longer and attached further down on the garment. This finished onesie, with the 5″ wide ruffle (the engineer spouse refers to it as a flap),  would be cute with a pair of pink trousers. Perhaps if the ruffle was 10″ wide, it would look more like a skirt.  So this is my first remnant redo of 2011 and my first postaweek project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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