Baby faves = t-shirts

Mr. Baby’s favorite book is The Dark. Lemony Snicket. Like if he’s crying, reciting the first line of it snaps him right out:

Laszlo was afraid of the dark.

A few months ago, I thrifted a new package of opaque iron-on paper we needed to make a birthday present. Took another sheet to cut out and iron some Laszlos and a Phillie Phanatic onto Old Navy clearance T’s.

laszlo

the dark

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phanatic

Nice.

Dang! Wish I’d seen this one…

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Also in the queue, some Gerald and Piggie.

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“Good morning, Wu Tang”

A dear friend gave Mr. Baby this New Yorker illustration of the current Wu-Tang Clan in a frame for Christmas.

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For whatever reason, Mr. Baby took to it like bees on honey. The colors? The Staten Island? The bass lines? No idea. But he loves it and it hangs right outside his bedroom door, and this is our new morning routine:

“Good morning, Wu-Tang.”

I like to iron on as much as the next girl. Such an easy way to put beloved images onto one’s front. So it was a no-brainer to give this a shot onto a baby t-shirt with some thrifted iron-on paper.

Also needed: a St.Patrick’s Day shirt for a party next weekend.

There were all of two baby appropriate images online of Shane McGowan, i.e., no booze or cigarettes or vomiting. Pretty sure we’re voting iconic.

shane glasses

 

Making lots of baby pants

I can’t say enough nice things about this Simplicity 2907 pants pattern. It’s unisex, it’s simple to make, pops onto the baby easily with an elastic waist, and its four-part design allows for cutting a variety of styles. And using the same pattern over and over means working faster without cutting corners.

First, though, I used photocopies of the pieces to make the pants a little bit skinnier.

pattern adjustments via photocopier

Took 1/2″ off each side; Mr. Baby is long and lean.

pattern adjustments via photocopier
Then I lined up the fabrics on the dining room table Sunday and traced and traced and traced. Each pair needed about 1/2 yard.

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Some of the pants will be four pieces, as written. Some have solid backs but two-piece topstitched fronts. Some I converted into two-piece by lengthening the fronts by about 5 1/2 inches on each side. The wovens will get pockets, the knits and fleeces will not.

Mass cutting followed. Then lots of pinning together. Then stacked according to thread color, which is how I’ll sew them, a color at a time.

These four-piece pants got cut from a UFO denim skirt from a time when I had zero understanding of grain.

pants from UFO denim skirt

Otherwise, why would I have used straight ribbon to finish the waistband? Hence the resulting mess.

pants from UFO denim skirt

Just enough left to get pockets.

pants from UFO denim skirt

We’ll see if these pockets actually work. It was a tight fit in the end.

Whenever you’re ready, little girl

Little niece, you can come out now.

cardigan because niece is born

Plain cardigan by Heidi and Anna Pickles. White cotton, pale pink dome buttons from the button box. Smallest size – NB to 3 mos – so she can wear it right away. The little girl, who now is a few days overdue, lives in the desert and by 6 mos won’t really need a sweater!

I like the garter edges and the overall simplicity of the pattern. Should be easy to button her into.

cardigan because niece is born

cardigan because niece is born

Will wrap and mail once we know she’s out safely.

cardigan because niece is born

This pattern gave me a whole bunch of trouble (details here) but I’m pleased with the result. The asymmetry is unintentional but cute.

 

How to… sew a lot at a time

In sum, you work an assembly line. You do lots of the same thing in a sitting.

I traced and cut four pairs of boxers in one sitting. Same pattern, same markers, same lengths of cotton in four designs. Traced then cut. Then pinned them all.

Sometimes, the assembly line is the way to go.

Now it’s time for a bunch of sewing. Two piles make it all go faster.

White thread on the left, black on the right:

sewing pile, white on left, black on right

White part of baby shirt, blue on white Star Wars boxers, green on white shamrock boxers:

white thread pile

Marvel comic printed boxers, camouflage baby shorts, denim baby shorts. Green boxers — that one actually needs its own thread.

Black thread pile

Right now, the machine is threaded with black. I ran a bunch of seams already.

Black thread pile

No rushing, but step by step. This is how I have to manage with so little sewing time at a time.

Happy Birthday, little friend

The friend in question is growing up in a super fun, amazingly colorful — some might say psychedelic — household. His parents took down their backyard zipline so they could put in a climbing wall. Giant gardens, lots of bonfires, a million choices of tea.

In sum, his family’s a total hoot. I often wish we lived closer.

Hence this sweater.

cardigan because joel is one

Color-changing rainbow yarn, simple cardigan pattern, vintage blue buttons from the stash.

cardigan because joel is one

cardigan because joel is one

 

cardigan because joel is one

I ended up knitting this on 11s instead of 10s. I wanted the knit to be loose for the spring rather than tight and bulky for winter. That might have been a misstep; it’s a bit big.

cardigan because joel is one

One skein did it. Here’s all that remained.

cardigan because joel is oneFull details on my Ravelry page here.

 

R.I.P., dear button sweater

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Somehow this little guy fell into the hamper. So he got tossed into the washer. Then into the dryer.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, it was joined in the dryer by some Velcro bibs.

Ouch.

“Boo boos,” Mr. Baby would say.

I cried. For real. For a few minutes.

It shrank. The velcro grabbed two places in the sleeves, felting them mightily. Kind of like scabs.

button panel pullover for mr. o

button panel pullover for mr. o

There’s a hole in the front, too. Maybe some ends came unwoven?

button panel pullover for mr. o

button panel pullover for mr. o

I started this sweater before I knew who Mr. Baby was going to be. Hence the teal panel.

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I finished it after he was born, sewed on all those lousy buttons and dressed him in it as much as I could. I was new to knitting so this was a real accomplishment.

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I’ve since bought cotton yarn to make a bigger, lighter one for spring. Such a lovely sweater.

I’m not sure there’s a way to fix it. Mr. Baby already outgrew it which is why it needed a wash. But now it’s super teeny and is full of “booboos.”

Boo hoo.