Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Diaper Mania!

I finally put my hands to a task I've been putting off for too long - sewing diapers! I had all the material - the waterproof fabric, the inner lining, the snap press, the polyester thread...everything. In fact, I had everything long before DD was born (maybe before she was conceived...), but I have never made a decent diaper...until this weekend!


These are all the diapers I have sewn - there are 2 more cut and snapped, waiting to be sewn. The bottom open one is actually chocolate and hot pink, but the flash made it look more maroon.

I also finished these cargo pants tonight - they are a baby gift, knitted with cotton yarn - I love them! I used the Knitty Cargo pattern, which I've used before and really enjoy.

Up next? Not sure. I have undyed yarn on it's way. I have some merino here waiting to be made into shorties or soakers, but I may offer those as customs at the store. So I'm sort of between things right at the moment. I need to learn to make Boppy covers for a friend and I may have an alteration on a toddler shirt, but I haven't looked at that yet.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Grand Opening!

I am proud to announce the grand opening of my online store

Haute Tot

The address is www.hyenacart.com/hautetot or click the link above.

I have stocked a variety of sewn and knitted baby items. I can also do customs, just email me at hautetot@hotmail.com to learn more!


Suoer Duper Girly Soaker Part Deux

I used the extra yarn from the first girly soaker to turn out another one in opposite colors - I like! I crocheted the leg ruffle this time - much faster!

The ruffle is actually a little rufflier...next time I might back it down a little.

On the needles now, a pair of cotton longies for a baby shower gift (I have never been a cotton knittier, and I'm in LOVE).

In the mail? UNDYED sock yarn and jacquard dyes! This is my first time trying KnitPicks and I'm very interested to see how it turns out. It is VERY affordable, and from what I've read seems like nice quality, so my hopes are set high!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pretty Pretty Tutu

I remember when Toby was just a wee little thing (ok he was never that wee, but smaller than he is now anyway), and the moms of girls were making little tutus for their girls. I thought they were just darling and decided if I ever had a girl I would most definitely make her one when she could sit up! Well since she started sitting up a week or so ago, I got started :)

It was so easy to make. 4 yards of tulle...2 yards light pink and 2 yards white, and a piece of elastic cut to fit her, sewn to make a circle. Cut the tulle in 2 inch strips, hold 3 pieces together and tie around the elastic. Viola! Super cute! I'm going to use it when I take her 6 months pics (it will be another month so I'm putting it up until then - she was already chewing on it this morning, lol).

I also cut out fabric to make her a hot chili pepper dress! Can't wait to get it sewn!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Super Duper Girly Soaker

Can't get much girlier than this! This is DD's newest soaker, size medium, knit with Malabrigo on size 4's. I added the ruffle of my own design since I couldn't find instructions for what I wanted. I'm so pleased with it. I've lanolized it and it's drying - will update with pics once I get to use it!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

A seamstress by day..

Knitter by night. And I've had more time in the day lately with dh between semesters (he finished finals last week and his summer session starts next week). I've been taking advantage of a little extra time to get the sewing machine really humming!

First off, I finished the Pretty in Pink outfit. This is a baby shower gift for a cousin's shower I'm going to in June. I was so pleased with how this turned out. It only took a few hours for the bonnet and the dress was two days, including cutting and all. I was able to use my snap press for the crotch snaps...the pattern uses snap tape, but why use that when I have a handy dandy snap press here and a gazillion snaps? :P I love my snap press. I reinforced the edges with bias tape before applying snaps.

This dress is for the store. I made this in a matter of hours, and I LOVE the pattern! This is a size large...I am going to make one for my little model in a smaller size so I can see how it wears, but it just looks so sweet with the criss cross back. Instead of buttons on the shoulders, I again pulled out the snap press!

I made this bow holder for DD last night (took about 5 minutes). I had hung her footprints with this ribbon and had tons extra, so I handsewed this last night to match. It looks great in her room! (Can you tell I'm a total bow addict? There's one particular style I LOVE and I'm waiting for the local store to get more in. I really ought to learn to make these on my own since I love them so much...but I figure that I have a to-sew/knit list a mile long already so I will help stimulate the economy and keep purchasing these).
I am half done with a pink/ purple soaker for DD, and then I want to try my hand a tutu making. It's something that I think is just darling on little girls and I vowed a while back that once she learned to sit up I'd make her a tutu. It looks really easy, and they sell the tulle at WalMart...I need to pick up some interfacing and a liner fabric for the dress I'm sewing DD anyway, so what's a little tulle added in, right? :P

Monday, May 5, 2008

The Great Photo Update

Ok, I finally sat down at the computer with the intention of getting some pictures on here!

First up is the partially finished orange baby blanket. It is seamed together, but I don't like the way the seams still have a tendency to roll. I'm not sure what, if anything, I can do about this...any suggestions? I am still knitting the lace edging, but it has actually been put away for awhile while I work on other projects and take a much needed break from this one. Oh, and this is Caron Brites, btw :)
I sewed this baby bonnet yesterday. I am working on a matching romper dress, size 7-13 pounds.
This is one of the blankets I sewed a month or so back - this one is single layer, pink stripe, hemmed around the edges and nice and large to use as a swaddling blanket.
This one is still big enough to use a swaddling blanket. It is double sided...love this one!
This one is double sided as well, though I used the same fabric for both sides. I'm not sure if it would match most people's taste, but I hope to find someone with a retro baby theme!
This is a medium soaker, embellished with bumblebee on the bum!

This is a dress and shorts set, size small (0-3 months)
Here is a newborn size soaker in bumblebee stripes.

A red medium soaker
An orange sherbet size small soaker

Whew! How's that for a picture overload? I hope to work more on my romper dress today and I wound up 3 skeins of yarn on Saturday so they are ready to knit.
Ok, fussy baby, must run!