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{WIPs} Baby's formalwear in progress

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Last week, I planned to make a Dior-inspired outfit for Logan and got the perfect fabric for it. I decided to go with a knitted vest even though the original is probably double knit fabric in stripes.

So here is the vest:

I cast on the vest on Saturday evening, right before the second show of my recital, and was able to almost finish it. I seamed and did the finishing touches the next morning. 

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Black and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino in Silver Fox.

Pattern: My own. I just winged it, looking at the picture.

Needles: US 7/4.5mm 

I normally would never mix regular wool yarn with superwash, but this is really for the look and I didn't want to go buy another yarn. Besides I handwash all my knits regardless of whether the yarn is superwash so it should be ok. It's not like Logan will be wearing this all the time. By the time it's cool enough to wear a worsted weight vest here, he will be too big for it!

Dior-inspired vest is done in Paton's Classic Wool (Black) and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino (Silver Fox). | Handmade Fashion at Candy + Bagel

Dior-inspired vest is done in Paton's Classic Wool (Black) and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino (Silver Fox). | Handmade Fashion at Candy + Bagel


Now I have cut the shirt and pants. Both are super quick projects I have done before Logan was born, and luckily had traced the pattern already. Now, finding time to actually sew is tricky. Either, I can do it while Logan is awake.. which is a short window of time, unless I wear him. Or, I could wait until my husband comes home and entertains the baby while I sew. I find that I'm more productive when I sew while I'm alone with the baby, though, which means I have to take frequent breaks, because I'm too afraid of waking up the baby with the sewing machine noise =P

I think I should be done with everything by the end of this week! I can't wait to put everything on Logan!

{Sewing} Planning formalwear for Baby Logan

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Now that Logan is almost 3 months (5 more days!), we feel a little more comfortable bringing him to fancier places. We have a friend's wedding coming up next weekend, and I already bought a cute onesie with bowtie print and black pants but that one outfit really started me off thinking about fancy outfits for my little man.

I saw this Dior Homme collection in the recent Zoo magazine and instantly started picturing Logan in that outfit! It's simple, chic, and so grown up! 

 

Last week, I went on Michael Levine's website to shop for some fabrics (since I haven't done any long distance driving with Logan yet, I opted for online shopping instead). I found these fabrics and thought it would make a perfect Dior-inspired outfit for Logan!

Daysail - Tiny Script - ML288307 - Creamy White-per yard  

Daysail - Tiny Script - ML288307 - Creamy White-per yard 

Daysail - Tiny Script - ML288307 - Creamy White-per yard   

Daysail - Tiny Script - ML288307 - Creamy White-per yard 

Pinstripe Suiting - ML229491 - Dark Grey-per yard

Pinstripe Suiting - ML229491 - Dark Grey-per yard

And of course, the vest will be knitted. I love the subtle poofiness of the vest - I think it's done in double knit fabric? But the poofiness reminds me of Logan's small but round belly! I can't wait to cast on for this vest in black and white.

It would be even more awesome if I dress him this and go to an event where someone actually NOTICES that this was Dior-inspired. :D

Other Obsessions: Sewing days!

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The baby shower has really kicked off this preparation mode.  

And I decided that it was time for me to get back into some serious sewing (my fabric stash is also getting out of hand!)

stash

 

I picked out some patterns and fabrics from my stash. They're organized in a way -- An easy project after a more complicated one, slippery/drapey fabric after crispy fabric, etc. I couldn't wait to get started!

I started with some fast sewing projects for the baby. Sewing for baby was an interesting process. I had to think about, is this fabric good for babies? Buttons or zippers? Is this going to be easy washable and sturdy enough for the dryer?

Baby quilt - just 1 yd of each fabric, and poly batting in between. 

Baby quilt - just 1 yd of each fabric, and poly batting in between. 

Ponte knit pants in newborn size, the pattern was a   free pattern   from Craftsy pattern page.

Ponte knit pants in newborn size, the pattern was a free pattern  from Craftsy pattern page.

Pants out of soft flannel, prewashed twice! The pattern was a Kwiksew pattern,   K3375  . 

Pants out of soft flannel, prewashed twice! The pattern was a Kwiksew pattern, K3375

I originally bought this fabric from a local fabric store to make project bags, but decided it would make a really unique baby's shirt! The pattern is   Kwiksew 3730  in View C. 

I originally bought this fabric from a local fabric store to make project bags, but decided it would make a really unique baby's shirt! The pattern is Kwiksew 3730 in View C. 

Currently, I'm taking a short break from sewing for the tiny person, and focusing my energy on sewing for myself. Although I'm limited in what I can fit into these days (tshirts and knits are still ok; woven fabric dresses are not!), I'm going to appreciate a closet with new handmade additions once I get this baby out of me! 

I'm working on my 3rd Macaron dress by Colette Patterns. I keep going back to this pattern for a lot of my fabrics. It works well with sheer fabrics (for the yoke) and dressy materials as well as crisp cotton blends. It's a very versatile design, as it can be dressed up or down.

macaron

I always omit the pockets, and for this one I cut one layer of sleeves, instead of 2 (the pattern makes you cut 4 pieces of sleeves). I just need to sew the skirt portion into the bodice and then put in an invisible zipper on the side. I love the print of this fabric! I got 5 yards of this fabric from Michael Levine Loft in downtown LA. I think it was a special order print fabric for some designer, because the order sticker was still stapled on one end. I think this will be an awesome dress for this summer!