The countdown is on! 4 1/2 weeks until my due date and maybe even less until the baby actually arrives. After our scare when I started having contractions at 22 weeks, I feel completely blessed to have made it this long without delivering. After having preterm contractions with all three pregnancies, I think it’s pretty safe to say I have an “irritable uterus.” That being said, I have not had any preterm babies and the actual deliveries were smooth and relatively quick so I will take it. (Like I have a choice, huh?)
We are all so excited to meet this little one. We have elected (for the 3rd time) to wait until the baby was born to find out the gender! Much to the chagrin of many family members & friends, might I add. I have to admit that there have been occasions where I almost caved, but I’m glad we stayed strong. There is something magical in hearing “It’s a (insert gender here)” as they hand your new squish over to you. If you knew how much of a planner I am, you would be amazed by our decision. It truly is difficult to me to explain, but I have never regretted it. We are still unsure of a name for a girl, so hopefully we can pin that one down soon!
Oh, and I have to give major props to my husband. Despite having a ridiculous schedule of working 12+ hours most days, he’s been able to work his schedule around our appointments so that he’s made it to every.single.one. In three pregnancies, he’s only missed 2 or 3 when I had to go in unscheduled due to unforeseen complications. This man loves and is dedicated to his children before they are even born… xoxo.
Our 2 daughters have been to most of the appointments and have been able to “see the baby on the TV.” When people ask what we are having, K shrugs and says “I don’t know” in the most adorable way. She says she wants a girl and E wants a boy. We shall see, child. We shall see. I am pretty sure they will both be amazing no matter what we have.
So, to get to the point. I had recently posted about the blanket I had knit, but I also wanted to sew something for the new baby. A few things on my agenda: a gender neutral newborn gown and a coming home outfit for a girl. I already have a boy outfit, so instead of buying a new girl outfit for this baby, I decided why not make one. I made the newborn gown first.
I found a free pattern/tutorial for this newborn gown by Stitched Together through pinterest. It was easy to follow with clear instructions and pictures for each step. Her blog also talks about her adoption journey which I found fascinating as well. Check it out here!
I found a light weight soft minty knit at Hancock’s on their value table and knew it would be perfect for the gown. I’m not sure exactly what kind of knit it is, but if I had to venture a guess, I would say it’s either interlock or jersey. Still learning on how to tell the difference in certain types of knits.
I would have been able to get this done in less than a day, except I was miserable with a cold so I had to take a break. (I will be washing the garment again when I’m completely healthy of course).
I can definitely see myself sewing more of these (and never buying another again for that matter). AND, as an added bonus, my husband thought it was store bought. Talk about a compliment! 😉 Apparently I’m getting better.
A few things I did differently: I used my serger (just because it sped things up) for everything except the topstitching of the bindings and the bottom hemming of the elastic band. Because of that, my bindings look slightly different than the tutorial. I used grey thread for the topstitching to give it a little contrast.
I will try to remember to update the post with baby #3 wearing the gown once he/she arrives! I may also add some stamped patterns (i.e. hearts or stars) once the baby is born. If I do, I’ll add that as well.
Have a great day!