Matching outfits is my husband's worst nightmare. Look what I did to him!
Yes, I made a Plantain tee for myself and a Lila jumpsuit * for baby L form the same fabric! It is beautiful Firework Blue organic cotton jersey by Froy & Dind. Froy & Dind fabric is known to my European sewing friends. The good news is that now it is also available in Australia. Maaike, a lovely Belgian lady who, just like me, now calls Australia home, has a wide range of high quality European fabric in her online store MaaiDesign. Maaike is currently hosting a blog tour, and today is my turn to Show and Tell **.
This little girl is full of life! She never stops moving. When I pick her up her little legs run in the air. I pit my hand under her feet and she starts jumping up and down making the cutest giggling sounds.
She is a keen explorer. She wants to see, touch (and put in her mouth) everything!
She is fascinated with grass. When we play outside she wiggles her way to the edge of the mat and starts digging and picking grass. Watching her little fingers at work is such a delight!
This was not my first time sewing with fabric from Maaike's shop. Just before Christmas I made a dress for R from gorgeous Artie Pink jersey. The fabric was so good and lasted so well I was browsing through knit fabric at Maaike's shop when she invited me to participate in her tour. What a timely invitation!
I was originally planning on making a dress or a top for R and a tee for myself. Using beautiful and let's face it not the cheapest fabric on a baby seemed a little excessive. Babies grow so fast! They can get away with cheaper stuff for sure. But this, my friends, was an act of desperation.
This angelic face belongs to a baby that does not sleep through the night. Yep, nope. I thought I would try and bribe her into sleeping though by sewing for her. A few months ago I tested the Lila dress pattern designed by Compagnie M and Lily & Woody. I was going to test the jumpsuit version as well but had to pull out as baby L got sick. Now we are heading towards cooler weather it felt right to sew a jumpsuit.
Baby L is currently between sizes so I decided to make size 6-9 months for her. The jumpsuit is a little roomy around her chest, but I bet she will grow into it by lunchtime next Wednesday. Besides, I am planning on putting a onesie underneath the jumpsuit. It was simply too hot to make L wear any more clothes for a photo shoot.
Don't worry precious, your bottom looks good in these :P
After making this jumpsuit and seeing how comfortable L was in it I decided it was worth spending a little extra on things for babies. This fabric is so soft, it has great stretch and recovery, I am now convinced it is perfect for little wigglers. In fact, I purchased Elephant Blue to make more jumpsuits for L and Artie Blue for R (but I think I will keep it for myself).
I guess you would like to know if bribing L worked? I think she really liked her Lila jumpsuit and in a bid to make me sew more for her she started waking up twice a night! Ha! The cute thing is that I finished this jumpsuit in time to celebrate her first tooth.
I loved my first Plantain tee so much I wanted to make another. She who attends to a baby at any time of a day or night deserves a treat!
I am planning on making at least two more Plantain tees. After I make twenty you can stage an intervention. Until then just let this tired mama sew :)
While I used the same fabric to make these two items I am not planning on wearing them at the same time. Otherwise we might be risking appearing in the What not to wear section of your favourite fashion magazine!
However since we are among friends... How funny is this photo!
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** Maaike offered a generous discount on fabric I used for this post, however expressed opinions are my own.