Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Creative burst

I was searching the internet for a cute dress for Clara to wear to my sister's bridal shower in a couple weeks and became discouraged at the selection. So what did I do? In a move very unlike my unmotivated-self, I got my sewing machine out of the coat closet, fabric from under the guest bed, and thread from the shed (not the most well-thought-out storing of my sewing supplies, I know). 

Not wanting to sew anything with buttons (I've never done it) or a zipper (I didn't want to go to the store to buy one), I came up with the idea to sew a skirt onto a onesie. Little did I know that's a popular sewing project! Oh well. It was very easy. And when I made a mistake and sewed the front of the onesie when I didn't mean to, which left a big hole, I added a ribbon to cover it up. 

She was NOT getting up, so I went with it

This was pre-mistake embellishment:

Not bad for my cell phone. Looks like a shot for the Etsy shop that I don't have.

My second attempt went a little better. I used the last of some of my favorite fabric.

Got any guesses where the only good light is in my house?

Don't you just love rick-rack? Although it needs some ironing here

So those were pretty easy and weren't very difficult to juggle with taking care of the babies. I just gave Clara some chalk (we don't have crayons, believe it or not) and put her to work in her high chair. Today was a different story.

I, again, was looking online for dresses and came across this site. Actually, I came across one of their dresses selling on ebay for $300. I can make that, I thought (right after I thought, $300??? For a baby dress??? On ebay???)

Well, I didn't exactly make that dress by any means, but I dug through my fabric, pulled out a few selections, and went to work. This time, though, it greatly disrupted the babies. It was just one of those days. I don't think I'll be doing it again for a while.

The result was worth it, though...

She was much easier to photograph in this - I think she knew she looked pretty

I had no pattern (and no cutting mat - I couldn't find it so I had to use scissors!), so I was pretty surprised to see how it turned out. I think I got lucky.

The strawberry fabric on the straps is another of my favorites. I used some of my last scraps for this

It fits her great, just a little tight going on since this too has no zipper or buttons. I'm going to alter it once it doesn't fit over her head anymore, maybe add a zipper. I have big plans.

I didn't set out to make it a halter, but that's what we ended up with

I'm spent. Even though those dresses took, maybe, a total of five hours over two days, I'm putting the sewing machine away for a while. I like being with the babies without thinking about getting back to my project. But I am super-excited Clara has a few new dresses. That last one will be making an appearance at her aunt's rehearsal dinner.

And so he doesn't feel left out (because all I make is dresses.. sorry Luke!), here's a picture of Luke in his big boy (12 month!) pj's...

No, he's not super-advanced! I just propped him up to see his pajamas better.

Has anyone seen my little, tiny baby?


More Than Anything said...

Soo creative!! That last dress is SOO CUTE! I.LOVE.IT! I would buy it for sure!

Clara is so beautiful and little Luke is so handsome!

barbie said...

He's standing UP? seriously? He'll walk before Alana!

LOVE her dresses, I was thinking of making some onsie dresses but am totally chicken. You are talented, the last dress! wowza!

Karey said...

Thanks you guys!

Barbie - No, he's not standing! Just stays propped like that for about twenty seconds, and only on the couch. I might go add it to the caption to avoid confusion.. haha.

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

OH. MY GOSH. You are amazing. You are a total rock star!!!! I'm in love with those dresses!!! First onesies, now dresses??? Seriously- total rock star. Abigail's in a size 18 month now...just sayin... :)

And WOAH Luke's getting so BIG! How much does he weigh now???

Karey said...

Lauren, you're so sweet! And those dresses would actually fit Abigail. If you lived closer, she could borrow :)

Luke's about 17 pounds. He's only the 50th percentile for weight, though. But if he can fit in 12 month clothes at almost 6 months, what are those in the 90th percentile wearing? 2T?

Faith said...

Wow, you are very talented! I am lucky if I don't mess up sewing a button back on, so I am VERY impressed, lol! I love, love, love that third one and would TOTALLY buy one from you (at a good price, haha) for Addy one day! But I can imagine it was crazy trying to get that done with the babies. Packing has been quite the ordeal, and I assume sewing takes as much energy.

Luke is getting SO big! What brand was his 12 month pj's? Jax is in 12-18 month clothes a lot and he is over 22lbs! Some brands (especially gerber) run REALLY small. But I know what it's like to see your itty bitty baby disappearing! I have 2 and neither one is itty bitty anymore:(.

Grace in my Heart said...

Love them K! So cute! And seriously, Clara could be a model! How do you get her to pose so well, haha! And sweet Luke is looking like a little man!

Karey said...

Faith - It's Carter's, and I have found their 12 is basically 6-12 or 9-12, rather than 12-18.. know what I mean? But at Target it was with all the 2T's and up. I wasn't ready for that!

And GIMH - Sometimes she wants nothing to do with taking pictures, but other times I swear she's modeling! Haha. Then there are the times when she "poses" by sticking her lips out and squinting her eyes. You never know which Clara you're gonna get!

Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

Seriously, between the beautiful photography (oh my, I need to learn the secrets!) and the AMAZING clothing (that last dress, wow!!), I am in complete awe of you.

Me? I've got bugs in the kids bathroom that I haven't gotten around to killing. sigh.


Sew said...

You rock! I love onesie dresses! LOVE THEM!!!!

The last dress is stunning! I shouldn't be named Sew because I don't sew 1/2 as good as you do! ;)

Sew said...

Hannah is still wearing 3 month clothing...Crazy?! ;)

Julie said...

The last dress is my favorite!!!! Oh and Clara and Luke are adorable too!!

Bella is in the 90th percentile and she wears 2T at 11 months! In case you were wondering!! Ha ha!

Ryane said...


That last dress is so cute! And you did it without a pattern?! You are amazing!

x. Ryane