Green gray knitted baby sweater.

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I don’t knit much anymore. But when a dear friend becomes pregnant with a long awaited miracle baby, the knitting needles get anxiously and happily pulled out. I made this little ‘professor-chic’ sweater for my own son years ago. I love this sweater. My oldest daughter saw me making this and begged for one exactly like it, in her size. I want one in my size! The pattern is the Rufus Textured Cardigan from Vintage Baby Knits.

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Child dress in dark chambray.

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I was walking through a store swooning over the girls’ clothing. I exerted a large amount of restraint and self discipline and told myself to dig through my fabric stash and sew them something myself. While it is more time consuming and less convenient, the unused fabric feels like money just wasting away on shelf. It is so satisfying to make something so utilitarian for your family with your own two hands.

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I have less and less influence over what the girls wear these days. This is absolutely fine. I like seeing what they mix and match and come up with. Colors are getting more pink and purple, patterns more bold and bright. I was concerned that this wouldn’t be colorful enough for them and that it would spend all its days in the closet. When Elise saw it hanging completed her eyes got big and she exclaimed with a slow smile and quiet wonder “It’s beauuutiful!” She wanted to wear it immediately and didn’t want to take it off. (I did insist, after day two.) I am so grateful that they love wearing things I have sewn myself. I am very aware that might not last.

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The pattern is Simplicity 2677  size 8. I try to aim a little large in the sizing so there is room for growth and it will last more than one season. They sprout so fast, those wee ones. I love any sleeveless dress that can be worn alone or layered for the colder  months.

Little duds in blue.

 

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I made some baby clothes for a dear friend. She has a classy and unique, simple and refined style. These were outfits that she pinned to a board and I found some patterns to recreate. I love the cool neutrality of the tones.

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The main fabric is Julianna Horner and the lining is found vintage fabric.

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These little duds got me inspired to make a few frocks for my own little ones. The fabric sitting stored away for years should really be put to better use!

 

Blue Frock

It took me about a year to complete this dress. I had started it when I was pregnant with my third and my brain was really foggy so set it aside in frustration. Then I finished it but set it aside again until I could get around to putting some embroidery on it. That is my favorite touch to handmade children’s clothes. It is such a special little detail.

Hmmm, I think she is getting annoyed with picture taking. Ha.

I love a sleeveless frock for the girls. It can be worn alone in the summer, or layered in the winter. So practical.

Details

 I embroidered the front flower and added running stitches all around the front piece and the hem.

Light Gray

The honorary baby sweater for the wee man.