In August we road-tripped to Minnesota to visit Husband’s family. Our three nieces and one nephew were all born in July and August, so when we can make a summer trip there it’s a perfect opportunity to deliver their birthday gifts in person. I kept myself quite busy in the couple weeks leading up to our trip with trying to finish the gifts in addition to preparing for the trip itself!
First, the gift that was the most special for me, a teeny Geranium dress for our beautiful new niece R who was only born a few weeks before our trip. I sewed the 0-3 month size using Palos Verde voile for the bodice and Andover chambray in coral (leftover from these shorts) for the skirt. Ah, those bodice pieces were so tiny and adorable on my sewing table!
I also sewed a matching pair of bloomers using Dana’s perfect diaper cover pattern. My sister- and brother-in-law use cloth diapers so I went up one size for the bloomers. I made an attempt to add a little tag at the back but somehow managed to get it very off-center. Oops.
One more photo, because I’m dying over the sweetness.
Up next, an art smock from Little Things to Sew. I really love the one I made for Clementine and thought nephew W, who just turned two, could use one also. I again used Ed Emberley fabric, this time the awesome Dragons, for the main fabric. For the sleeves I used Crosshatch Sketch in black. I apparently didn’t get around to adding the pockets…Oops again! Unfortunately I didn’t get a very good picture of the art smock, but you get the idea.
Finally, tutus (again from Little Things to Sew) for our princess-loving nieces K and L, sisters who just turned 5 and 7. These were fairly easy to sew up, at least once I quit worrying about trying to keep my tulle very straight. I think the hardest part was making the gathers, as the tulle was very thick and was a workout to gather up on the thread.
I purchased the tulle from Fabric.com which has lots of color choices, most of which is very inexpensive. K’s favorite color is purple, so I used pink and purple colors. L loves blue–specifically “turquoise”–so I used teal and greenish-blue hues. These tutus are so cute that even though I’m not into the whole princess thing, I can’t wait to make one for Clem when she’s a little older. Maybe she’ll go for a “woodland fairy” version instead!
Oh, and these pictures were all taken with the items hanging from our backyard fence that Husband is in the process of building. I’m sooo excited! Now I can let Clem run wild and free while I spend all day drinking wine and watching tv. Just kidding, you guys! I’m more of a beer girl, and I’d much sooner read sewing blogs than watch tv ;-p