Sunday, November 20, 2011

I’ve Still Got It

We had our baby boy’s blessing at the beginning of the month. When I knew it was coming up, I thought about trying to make him something to wear, but I would always put that idea out of my head as quickly as it arrived. With a new baby to care for, I haven’t entertained the possibility of getting any sewing done; I figured it would be months before I took the cover off “Old Reliable” and had some quality time with her.

But I didn’t really have anything for my little guy to wear to his blessing. I had a white kimono, but I wanted something a little fancier for my first (maybe only?) boy. We went shopping on the Friday before the blessing. I didn’t know where to find a white blessing outfit for a boy, but I was more interested in putting him in some nice looking church clothes anyway. Well, we searched many stores with no results. They had handsome looking clothes, but the smallest size I could find was 12 months. Apparently, boys don’t like to dress up when only 0-3 months.

Getting desperate, I tried to settle for something that was close enough. That’s when my smart hubby put his foot down. He said we weren’t going to buy something when I could make something even better. I tried to point out to him that I would only have one day to make something when I previously gave up the idea of making something when I had 2 weeks. He promised me he would take care of the kids and give me as much time to work as possible. He figured it wouldn’t take me too long to throw together a neck tie onesie, but I wanted to take it a step further and try something new.

Here’s how it turned out:111111_0018-1a web111111_0014-1a web111112_0011-1a web

I got this far, and my husband and I decided it was missing just one thing . . .

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Now that made it perfect. I loved it so much, I decided to give it a name: The Dapper Onesie. And the family didn’t fall apart while I was making it. In the past, a project like this would have taken me several days and several nervous fits, but I think all the practice I’ve had lately has paid off. It still took me all day. But I had to make my own pattern for the vest (yikes!), and I had never tried either of the tutorials before. Cut out time for eating and nursing and taking over when baby only wanted mommy, and I think I managed pretty well. If I had had more time, I would have made some booties to match, but I consoled myself by saying they would have fallen off anyway.

I didn’t come up with this all on my own. I’m no creative genius. I have to glean creativity from all the other amazing people I find on the web. Here’s what I did. I combined this tutorial for the vest with this tutorial for the bow tie, and the elbow patches were all me. I love how it turned out, and it felt so good to actually get some sewing done.

And this is the part where I get to show off pictures of how handsome my little guy looked . . .111106_0008-1a web111106_0013-1a web111106_0037-1a webwith his two doting sisters111106_0044-1a web111106_0069-1a webI think he looks rather dapper, don’t you?

Oh, and just for fun, I thought I’d share my “repeat” song for my completed projects. I tend to listen to music while I work on things, and more often than not, one song dominates the others in frequency. I tend to pause what I’m doing to make my favorite song play again before I can get back to work. I thought it would be fun to share so we could compare tastes, and one day I can look back at what songs I liked at what time. For this project, my repeat song was “Come Around” by Rosi Golan:

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9 comments:

  1. it turned out great! I love your hubby's faith in you. I'd love it if you would add this to my link party at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-i-wore-wednesdays-1.html

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  2. ohmygoodness! He's so handsome. And I'm just in love with the little elbow patches...I'm gonna have to use that one!

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  3. Okay, that is ADORABLE.
    And good call by your husband!

    If I had known you were wanting a white boy's outfit, I'd have sent you over to Baby Depot. They usually have all sorts of baby dress-up outfits and Christening outfits.
    (I was lucky that a friend of the family made blessing outfits for my duo ... and now I'm debating on whether to have this new one wear her sister's dress ... or should I buy her one of her own? This way they'll all have something to hand down to THEIR kids? *throws hands up* I just don't know!)

    But your little man looks WONDERFUL.
    And the elbow patches are AWESOME. Very nice touch! ^_^

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  4. That looks so cute! Your husband really is awesome. I know Will is big enough now to buy for, but I still want to try this out!

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  5. That is really cute Jocelyn! I love the vest fabric.

    And how did you get that little arm around your machine to sew on the elbow patches?! I've tried to do something similar, but the armhole/neck wasn't big enough to go all around the circle!

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  6. Good for you! It's funny, I think it is somehow easier to sew when you have new baby #3 or 4, than an earlier child. Everyone gets tougher somehow!

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  7. Carolyn, I didn't get the arm around the machine. I have a really old machine that is quite big on the bottom, so nothing gets around it. I just had to stretch the sleeve and go slowly, moving the hole as I went to make sure it wasn't underneath. It's kinda hard to explain. I hope that made sense. I don't know if this would work with some of the newer machines that go really fast (is there any way to slow them down?). My machine can go really slow if I want it to.

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  8. oh my he is so adorable! The onesie is absolutely precious as well but I'm stuck on him! What a doll. I hope you'll stop by and link up to Make It Wear It Thursday (opening Wednesday evening).

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  9. Oh my goodness, he looks sooooooo handsome in that! It's adorable, Jocelyn! Love that your husband gave you the time you needed and encouraged you. :)

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