Well, as you can imagine (if you’ve been following along), my month long absence has been due to the fact that I had a baby! 1 newborn baby + 1 toddler + 1 preschooler ≠ lots of time for sewing and/or blogging. At least not in this house. On that note…
It’s a…… BOY! We welcomed baby T on March 23rd. K & E are thrilled and have been great little helpers. We are all in love and he is a very sweet boy. For the most part the transition from 2 to 3 has been relatively smooth. The girls have adapted well and trips out to the store/church/activities have gone fairly smoothly. Well, except the time we all got drenched on the way into K’s dance class… no bueno.
I wanted to post about the outfits I made the kids for Easter. I started the girls’ dresses just before I delivered and had them mostly done. In the week after the baby came I was able to sew the skirts to the bodices and do the finishing touches (read: buttons) as well as whip up a pair of slacks and a matching bow tie for little man.
For the dresses, I was inspired by this dress from Sweet Honey‘s Spring 2015 collection.
I think it’s gorgeous! Unfortunately, this company has limited quantities and actually grabbing one is as easy as herding cats. They have amazing stuff though! Check it out.
I wanted to recreate the yellow/pink fabric combinations and a ruffle neckline. I love the overlay skirt too, but that just wasn’t happening.
To achieve this look, I did a mashup of two patterns from Create Kids Couture. I used the Blanche bodice and Adelaide for the skirt & sash. I modified the ruffle to be narrower (or is it shorter?) because I preferred that look.
I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. I never would have thought to put pink and yellow together, but I think it looks lovely and very springish. I know that’s not a word.
As a side note, I tried to find an even paler yellow patterned fabric and had the hardest time! Oh well. I used Pearl Bracelet in Citron by Libby House for the yellow fabric and for the pink I used Diamond in Petal by Max and Bunny. I picked up the plain white fabric at Hancock Fabrics.
For little man’s outfit I also had to make some adjustments. For the bow tie, I found this tutorial by Dream Catcher Baby off of Pinterest. I made it following the directions and as I was finishing it, realized it was WAY too big for little man. I cut new pieces in smaller sizes that I guesstimated (due to mommy brain, I forgot to write down).
For the pants, I cut up some old dress slacks of mine and followed the free tutorial from Made By Rae for newborn pants. The pattern seemed just a touch big for my 5 day old so I found one of his newborn pants that fit and used it as reference to make the pattern slightly smaller. I don’t have a plethora of pictures of him in his adorable outfit because we were running a little late for church. Every time of think of putting him back in the outfit he is fast asleep and I can’t imagine waking him.
Hopefully I can continue to find some time to squeeze in some sewing! If you find any typos or grammatical errors, just remember this is one sleep deprived mama! 😉