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Rosemary Raglan Pattern Review

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We bought the Rosemary Raglan pattern before our baby girl was born, that’s how much we loved it at first sight!  Since the pattern is for sizes 3 months to 12 years, we could make the pattern for Annie for a few more years anyway.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

There are so many fun possibilities for fabric combinations and colors with this pattern.  For the Rosemary Raglan you see here, we used Bolt by Girl Charlee Homestead Life Jersey Knit Bluebird Garden Rose Fabric.  The brown stripe fabric is leftover from this skirt, and it’s inside the hood too.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

The Rosemary Raglan pattern was easy to sew, and the instructions were complete and thorough, just like all Peekaboo Pattern Shop patterns we’ve sewn.  It’s going to be so fun to sew this pattern for Baby (and Annie!) for years to come.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

These photos were actually taken in May, and Baby has already outgrown this (and the other 2) Rosemary Raglan tops I sewed for her.  This was the only one I included the hood option.  You can see the other 2 in this Instagram post.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

Now that the fall is approaching, I’m ready to do some fall sewing again…and that is going to include some more Rosemary Raglans for Baby!  I love the raglan sleeves in baby size!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can also be sewn without the peplum, if desired.  There are 2 sleeve lengths, short, 3/4, and long.  So technically I could have made some of these for Baby to wear all summer!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One thing that is going to be very handy about dressing Baby in Rosemary Raglans this fall is ease of crawling.  Since she has ALREADY stared scooching, we can easily see that skirts and dresses hinder her mobility.  That’s okay, it just means I get to to more scrap busting and whip out a whole bunch of Rosemary Raglans for her to wear this fall!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s fun to look back at these photos and see how much Baby has changed in just a few short months!  Her hair has lightened to a coppery color for one thing!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She still is enthralled with any sibling who comes near…in these photos, Annie was just out of the shot, interacting with Baby and getting her to smile!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Ikea Fabric Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #10}

Ikea fabric baby quilt

My Sister's Quilts series

If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 17 nieces and nephews.

Ikea fabric baby quilt
I found the fabric for this quilt at IKEA in London, and instantly knew I had to use it to make something!  Then I had a darling little nephew arrive and it seemed like a perfect fit!
Ikea fabric baby quilt I simplified the blocks to create a bold pattern to echo the viking theme.  Things came together quickly to create one of my favorite quilts.  (oh whoops, I think that I have said before that certain quilts were my favorite!)
Ikea fabric baby quilt
I love how the backing fabric and the quilting pattern combined to mimic waves of a sea.
Ikea fabric baby quilt
The vikings did not shy away from the stormy sees, but instead they demonstrated their strength and proved their power by setting sail in the midst of the storms.  Because they took hold of opportunities when others were more inclined to take shelter, they became mighty conquerors despite rough waters.
Ikea fabric baby quilt
And my dear nephew, in our ever changing and challenging world, I wish for you the same! May your ship be sound, your anchor be strong, and your influence be far reaching!
 Ikea fabric baby quilt
Love Aunt Fessy
I’ve always marveled how my sister can match a quilt to the personality of a baby she’s not yet met, and how the baby grows up to fulfill that quilted personality!  Does that make any sense?  Whatever, the case, however it works, David sure loves his baby quilt from Aunt Fessy!
Ikea fabric baby quilt
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Button Up to Baby Dress {Handmade Baby}

And then we couldn't help ourselves...we had to make a second dress using this pattern!

One thing we want to highlight in the course of our Handmade Baby series is how easy it is to refashion for a baby!  You can use larger garments as (pre-sewn) fabric, and still take advantage of some of their existing elements.  Today’s post is a perfect example of refashioning clothes for a baby.

From button up to baby dress! A cute tutorial from Skirt Fixation.

Mr. Skirt Fixation cleaned out his closet of button up shirts again, and this time our new baby was the beneficiary!  Men’s button up shirts usually good quality.  This shirt was made from seersucker fabric, perfect to refashion into a baby girl dress for summer.

From button up to baby dress! A cute tutorial from Skirt Fixation.

We used the Brooklyn Pattern Co. Franklin Dress pattern.  Last time we sewed this we made it into a top for Annie.  Since this pattern starts at size 6 months, it was a perfect choice.  The elements of the men’s button up shirt that we took advantage of for this refashion were the back hem (notice how it’s scooped?)  Also, we kept the sleeve hems and just added elastic to them.  Of course, we took advantage of the button placket, and extended it all the way down the front of the dress.  And we just had to keep the pocket from the front of the shirt on the skirt of the dress.

From button up to baby dress! A cute tutorial from Skirt Fixation.No hemming was required on the back of the dress and the sleeves, plus we didn’t have to make the button plackets.  This made refashioning clothes for a baby faster and easier than if we had not used Daddy’s button up shirt!

 

From button up to baby dress! A cute tutorial from Skirt Fixation.

And then we couldn’t help ourselves…we had to make a second dress using this pattern!  The pin tucks and addition of piping are so darling in the tiniest sizes!

From button up to baby dress! A cute tutorial from Skirt Fixation.

We made only one change to the (not refashioned) dress.  We shortened the sleeves to just above the elbow length.  I guess adding piping to the yoke bottom isn’t written into the pattern, but it’s hardly a change…just an addition!

And then we couldn't help ourselves...we had to make a second dress using this pattern!

We used Art Gallery Forest Floor Clover Grove Whisper Fabric for this dress and a matching diaper cover.  (The diaper cover goes well with both dresses.)

And then we couldn't help ourselves...we had to make a second dress using this pattern!

The diaper cover pattern is free from Made Everyday.

And then we couldn't help ourselves...we had to make a second dress using this pattern!

Look how darling this dress is with other items made from the Forest Floor Fabrics line.  You might have noticed we had JUST enough material left from the men’s button up shirt to make a contrasting yoke inside this second dress!

And then we couldn't help ourselves...we had to make a second dress using this pattern!

Baby is getting super wiggly for her big sister to hold sometimes!  Nevertheless, we managed to grab a few modeled shots of the dress on Baby.

And then we couldn't help ourselves...we had to make a second dress using this pattern!

Leave us a comment…what is your favorite thing to refashion for a baby?

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Cosy Toes Shoes {Handmade Baby}

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation

Have you ever thought about making shoes?  On our Handmade Baby journey we decided to sew up some shoes for Baby.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation
Of course we turned to Twig and Tale for their Wild Things shoes pattern. After looking at the 7 different animals that can be made with this pattern, we decided to make gray baby mouse shoes which also fit the color scheme we had planned for Baby’s newborn capsule wardrobe.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation
We didn’t know what size to make for a newborn, so we went with size 2 (3-6 mo.) At 3 months, Baby is just now growing into them! Babies don’t really need to wear shoes anyway, but they are sure cute when she has them on!

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation
The Wild Things baby shoes are a good pattern to use up scraps or upcycle clothing. We used tiny leftover scraps for both pairs of baby shoes we sewed.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation
Making baby shoes is not a quick endeavor, but so cute!! The pattern is very well illustrated with photos, and easy to understand.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra, our in house embroiderer, sewed the tiny button nose, eyes and whiskers on these mouse shoes.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation
We also sewed a size 3 (6-9 mo) pair of luna moth shoes for Baby.  We were inspired by a photo by @geckogrl2002 on Instagram.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can see she has room to grow into them!

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation

Both of these shoes use Art Gallery Forest Floor Luna Rising Shadow Fabric (affiliate link) one for the exterior, and one for the lining leftover from our stop on the Forest Floor blog tour.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation

We used leather scraps for the bottoms of both these Wild Things shoes. Also, the mouse ears are leather scraps.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation
Will we be sewing shoes again? Probably…when Baby outgrows these two pairs! It’s so satisfying to be able to make everything a baby can wear.

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation
Should you sew shoes? If you’re thinking about it, right now the entire footwear collection at Twig & Tale is on sale with the code COSYTOES for 15% off. (Psssst: there are now adult sizes!)

Handmade Baby shoes sewn by Skirt Fixation
For more shoe sewing inspiration, check out these other stops on the Cosy Toes blog tour:

Tuesday: FliegfederfreiCreatenicSew SnippetSew Many Adventures
Wednesday: Sew Shelly SewShe Who SewsLife in our busy householdInspinration
Thursday: Skirt Fixation Sprouting Jube JubeNeedle and TedJust Add Fabric 

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21 FREE Baby Sewing Patterns {Handmade Baby}

21 FREE baby sewing patterns collected by Skirt Fixation

In our Handmade Baby introduction post we told you that many baby patterns are free, and it’s 1 reason for sewing baby clothes.  Today we’ve got a list of 21 super awesome FREE baby sewing patterns.  There are many, many more than these 21, but we chose to highlight these 21 today because either we’ve sewn them multiple times and can vouch for their greatness, or we plan to sew them for their cuteness!

21 Free baby sewing patterns:

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

The Top Knot baby hat from Make It Love It is cute, easy and fast.  Plus it uses up fabric scraps and keeps baby warm.

It simply does not get cuter than a Baby Circle Skirt by Made Everyday.  And it only uses one fat quarter for each skirt!

The Lottie Bonnet by Jilly Atlanta is about as sweet as a bonnet gets with those pin tucks!

The Ruffle Sleeve Onesie and Basic Onesie from See Kate Sew needs no further introduction…I mean hello? ruffles!!!

21 FREE  baby sewing patterns collected by Skirt Fixation

We just discovered the Baby Got Back pants from Baste and Gather, but we’ve already sewn up 3 pairs…with many more to come!

The free Hooded Raglan Sweatshirt pattern from Brindille and Twig is just as good as their patterns that you pay for.  Baby is warm and cute…what more could you ask?

The Little Geranium Dress from Made By Rae is so darling it’s hard to believe it’s free in newborn size!  Check out that sweet yoke detail!

How about these Toms Inspired Baby & Toddler Shoes from Homemade Toast?  Whoever said free meant unstylish never tried these!

21 FREE  baby sewing patterns collected by Skirt Fixation

The Newborn Gown from Stitched Together is so very, very good.  Probably because Rachel tested and tested and tested this pattern until she had it perfect!

The Ringer Tee from Brindille and Twig is one of those wardrobe essentials we see ourselves making over and over and over again!

This darling Janey Jump Around Dress from Peekaboo Pattern Shop is perfect for baby and beyond!

Free for Facebook members, the LIV skirt from Sofilantjes has those little extra special pocket details that give it total awwwwwwww factor!

21 FREE  baby sewing patterns collected by Skirt Fixation

Perfect is the right description for the Perfect Diaper Cover from Made Everyday.  We’ve made more of these than we can count!

If you’re looking for one bib pattern, the Ultimate Baby Bib from Peekaboo Pattern Shop is it.  And of course free!

A baby in an Infant Peasant Dress from Sew Much Ado?  Yes, yes, yes!

The Baby Pinafore & Bloomers from Melly Sews is double the bang for your buck.  Plus cuteness overload…for free!
21 FREE  baby sewing patterns collected by Skirt Fixation

 

We like to pair the Footed Baby Pants by Sew Much Ado with the Top Knot Hat (see the 1st lining above) for the perfect baby combination.

The Baby Romper from Life Sew Savory screams summer and is free in sizes 0 to 9 months.

A great Summer Baby Bonnet by Purl Soho for boy or girl keeps shaded from the sun.

 

The darling little Abbey Dress from Shwin and Shwin is free, cute and easy to sew.  We’ve got so many plans for this one.

And finally the Rowan Tee from Misusu is the one you need for a professional, boutique looking baby.  No one will guess you got the pattern for free!

21 FREE  baby sewing patterns collected by Skirt Fixation

There you have it…21 FREE baby sewing patterns you can make and love!  Leave us a comment with your favorite free baby sewing pattern.

 

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Fiesta Fun, Fun, Fun!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to show you all the fun we’ve had with Fiesta Fun fabrics.  Put on some sunglasses and prepare yourselves for the party!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently we got the exciting privilege of using some Fiesta Fun fabric designed by Dana Willard of Made Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Today is our stop on the Fiesta Fun fabric blog tour and we get to show you how much fun we had with this fabric, and how we tried to keep true to Dana’s sense of fashion and fun!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

We started off by making a statement dress for Annie in Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Mexican Dress Midnight Fabric.  We used her very favorite maxi dress pattern to make her an Uptown Downtown Dress.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

But we just HAD to add a sash of embroidery, hand sewn by Allegra, because it’s awesome and also Dana’s been embroidering on this fabric too!  She chose some of the flowers from in the design of the fabric and copied them onto the linen sash.  (Since the sash is from woven material, it only spans across the front of the dress to allow the dress to still stretch over her head.  Also, it is a lined so that the back of  the embroidery is protected from wear and tear.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

This (as with all Art Gallery Fabric knits) was an absolute dream to work with and Annie is deeply in love with this dress.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next fabric I got to work with is Art Galllery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric and I had in mind to make Dana’s Everyday Tie pattern with it for 2 of the boys.  But that was before I realized the tie is cut out on the bias, and the flowers would end up at a 45 degree angle all down the tie.  Still wanting a tie of some sort, I decided to make a bowtie.  I used the free pattern from Sew Like My Mom and shortened it enough to fit a boy.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

The original plan was for the youngest of the boys, Lowell, to wear the bowtie with the white shirt.  But when the time came to put on the ties, he cried that he wanted a “hang down tie!”  So David sweetly agreed to swap shirts and ties for the photoshoot.  He also smiled and laughed and posed like a trooper the whole time!  Incidentally, since then Lowell has been begging to wear the bowtie every single day!  It figures.

http://sewlikemymom.com/mens-bow-tie-tutorial/

When I realized the Art Galllery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric wouldn’t work for the Everyday Tie pattern I turned to the expert for advice.  (That would be Dana herself!)  She said that one of the Papel Picado prints would look awesome for the tie, and so I ordered some more fabric!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed both a boy size and a tween size, and they are both so cute!  Thomas is just the right size for the tween Everyday Tie in Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Papel Picado Mesquite Fabric and the boy one fits either David or Lowell, depending on how it’s tied.  And the boys love to be matching too.  I never would have guessed that a quilting cotton would work for a tie, but as silky soft as Art Gallery Fabrics cotton’s are, they make lovely ties!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since baby clothes don’t require very much fabric, and I just HAD to, I sewed up a Virginia Beach dress in some leftovers of the Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Mexican Dress Midnight Fabric.  I used some of the Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric leftover from the bowtie to create an accent yoke in the front, and added a strip of white piping for good measure.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then I had just enough Florita Azul fabric left to use Dana’s free Perfect Diaper Cover pattern to make a matching diaper cover with orange bias tape trim along the edges.  And David was super happy that he got to match the baby for the photoshoot!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final ingredient for a Dana-esque event was to find a brightly colored wall for the kids to stand in front of in their Fiesta Fun Fabric clothing, designed by Dana, using patterns created by Dana!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

So after driving around town I found one very, very brightly colored yellow/orange wall which we decided was the one!  (In fact, it was the ONLY brightly colored wall in town, so we lucked out!)  If you’ve spent much time over at Made Everyday, you know how much Dana loves color and brightly colored walls to pose in front of!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Check out all the other stops on the Fiesta Fun blog tour:

 

Some affiliate links are used in this blog post to some really awesome products.  We’ve included them because we think you should have them, but the legal powers that be want you to be informed that if you click on one of our affiliate links, we MIGHT make a few pennies…

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3 Swaddle Blanket Tutorials

3 swaddle blanket tutorials by Skirt Fixation

Today as part of our Handmade Baby series we’ve got 3 tutorials for you on how to make your own swaddle blankets.  Each way is simple, fast, uses a different fabric, and ends up with a perfect sized blanket.  Let’s get started.

Flannel swaddle blanket tutorial:

Flannel swaddle blanket tutorial

Most flannel fabric comes in widths of 42-45 inches.  This makes your job really easy.  You need 2 yards of flannel, and you will get 3 swaddling blankets from this yardage.

flannel swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Cut your 2 yard section into 3 equal pieces.  Depending on shrinkage, your pieces and finished flannel blanket will be 42-45” wide by 22-24” long.

flannel swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Use your scissors to curve the top and bottom edges of each piece.  Zigzag or serge across the top and bottom edges of your flannel blankets.  (The side edges are selvedge edges, so you don’t need to finish them unless you want to!)

flannel swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Tada!  You have created 3 soft and cuddly flannel swaddle blankets in no time at all!  We found this flannel at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial:

Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Gauze comes in a wide variety of widths.  If your gauze is 54” wide like ours from Cali Fabrics, use this tutorial.  If it is narrower or has a print that would end up sideways, use the flannel swaddle blanket tutorial above.  From each yard of gauze, you will get 2 gauze swaddle blankets.Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt FixationFor each yard of fabric, cut your fabric in 1/2 width wise.  Your pieces and finished gauze blanket will be 36 x 27 inches.  Zigzag or serge the edges of the gauze.

Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

There you have it, beautifully soft and drapey gauze swaddle blankets.  This substrate is perfect for summer months when you want to swaddle without extra warmth.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial:

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes knit fabric has a tendency to curl on the edges, so this knit swaddle blanket tutorial helps stop that issue.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Most knit fabric comes in widths of 58-60 inches.  Cut out 37 x 31 inch rectangles from your fabric.  Your finished knit swaddle blanket will be 36 x 30 inches.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Fold over 1/2 inch along one edge and zigzag it down in place.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

As you near the corner, fold in 1/2 inch before you reach it.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Then fold over 1/2 inch along the side you are sewing, enclosing the other fold inside.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

When you get to the corner, put your needle down, pick up the presser foot and pivot your fabric.  Continue sewing a zigzag stitch along the next side.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Knit swaddle blankets are perfect for swaddling a baby tightly and they stay swaddled too!

3 swaddle blanket tutorials by Skirt Fixation

I love each of these different kinds of swaddle blankets and use them all!  Which is your favorite type of swaddle blanket?

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Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by her Aunt Fessy’s baby quilt series, Annie wanted to make something for the new baby “all by myself!”  At 8 years old and with one quilt already under her belt plus quite a bit of other sewing, we decided she could easily handle this pixelated heart baby quilt project.  Here’s Annie to tell you about making this quilt.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

First I cut out all the squares.  If Mom’s baby is a boy, then I don’t have to make a new quilt because I picked orange, brown, and red for the colors.  And a little bit of gray.  After I decided on the colors, I finished cutting the small squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the squares together after laying them all out and deciding the pattern.  I took a picture of the heart laid out so I could remember and didn’t loose track of the pattern I wanted.

I sewed the small squares into strips and then sewed them into big squares.  Then I sewed the big squares together.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the back, I picked out some flannel fabric from our fabric boxes.  I pinned it together with batting in the middle.  Then I quilted it together with straight lines 1/4” away from the edges of the squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, I sewed the binding on and Mom helped sew it down.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think the baby will be very happy with this quilt!

Annie picked out the pattern by herself, it’s the free pixelated heart pattern from Robert Kaufman.  We sized down the pattern from 5×5 squares to 2×2 squares to make the quilt end up a baby size.  Annie loved choosing fabrics from the stash and remembering things we’d sewed for her and her siblings from them!  The other change we made to the pattern was to cut out large pieces of white where ever we could so as to eliminate some of the small square cutting and sewing.

Leave Annie a comment telling her what you think of the pixelated heart baby quilt she made for her new sibling!

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Capsule Wardrobe for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe?  The basic idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to minimize the amount of clothing in a wardrobe, but make each piece intensely wearable by coordinating it with everything else in the wardrobe.  The “what do I wear” question is solved because everything is wearable.

A perfect application of the capsule wardrobe is for someone who is expected to outgrow all their clothes in a few months time.  (Like a baby…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Color Choices

Since I’ve had 7 babies, I’ve pretty much nailed down exactly what is and isn’t needed in the first 6 weeks.  I know this next baby will be dressed by many eager siblings, so I want it to always look coordinated.  Even on days when the oldest sister called dibs on dressing the baby but the youngest sister had a fit until her favorite pair of pants were used and the middle brothers slipped on a cardigan later when the sisters weren’t looking!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

The perfect solution is a white onesie wardrobe.  This means all the onesies can be paired with any other piece in the newborn capsule wardrobe and match perfectly!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Next I chose solid grays as the layering pieces because once again they will coordinate with everything.  Also because we don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, and gray is a neutral that works for both.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Finally, since it would be a shame to dress a baby in all white and gray, I used wild explosions of patterns that couldn’t possibly be worn together (like pants and one piece outfits) in shades of mint and gray.  Result?  Baby looks boutique and not clownish!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Suggested Clothing List

Now that I’ve gone over my thoughts on color choices for a newborn capsule wardrobe, I’ll share what I’ve discovered to be the perfect clothing components.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 baby gowns:  These are all I put my newborn in for the first few weeks, and definitely until the umbilical cord stump comes off.  They make for easy diaper changes…in fact sometimes the baby can sleep right through when they’re wearing a baby gown.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

3 indoor hats:  The baby has been used to being in a 98.6 degree environment, and your home is probably cooler than that.  So a little knit hat helps it maintain it’s heat.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 footed pants: The other place the baby can loose body heat is through the soles of it’s feet.  Footed pants work great to keep baby warm and also have the added benefit of helping keep their socks on!  (I have yet to have a baby whose socks stay on all by themselves…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

6 onesies: After the baby is out of it’s exclusive baby gown days, you will need onesies.  Because a baby can go through several in a day, I’ve found 6 to be a good number.  And because they’re white, those pesky poo stains can be bleached right out!  (Give them an extra rinse though for baby’s delicate skin.)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

2 sweaters: Sometimes you will need to give the baby an extra layer of warmth, perhaps when you’re going out, and a baby sweater fills the need perfectly.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

1 coat and 1 outdoor hat: If your baby is born in colder months, you will definitely need a warm coat and an outdoor hat.  Even over the sweater.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

8 receiving/swaddle blankets: From the very 1st baby, we discovered the many benefits of swaddling.  I consider swaddling blankets to be a part of their wardrobe, and have found 8 to be a good number.  I made 4 gauze swaddle blankets, 2 knit swaddle blankets, and 2 flannel swaddle blankets.  You will may find you prefer one type over another in different situations.  This newborn capsule wardrobe is in neutral colors, but the next capsules in larger sizes will lean toward boy or girl in theme, and the white gauze swaddle blankets will continue to coordinate either way.

6 pairs of socks: Although your baby will rarely get these dirty, somehow one will disappear several times a day!

1 special occasion dress/romper/outfit:  Since you’ve kept so rigidly tight on the colors and amounts of clothing in this newborn capsule wardrobe, you’ve got extra resources to get something for a special occasion for your new baby.  Go ahead and splurge…you’ve deserved it with your discretion and control so far.

So here’s that list for you all together:

4 gowns

3 indoor hats

1 outdoor hat

4 footed pants

6 onesies

8 receiving/swaddle blankets

2 sweaters

1 coat

6 pairs of socks

1 special occasion dress/romper/one piece

Now get busy creating a newborn capsule wardrobe for you’re expected bundle of joy!  If there’s anything else you consider essential to a newborn’s wardrobe, please let me know in the comments below.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

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20 Reasons to Sew for Baby

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

 

We’re starting off our handmade baby series with a list of 20 reasons to sew for baby!  Maybe one of these will convince you to try sewing for your (or some one else’s) baby.

1-Tiny things are cute to make

Let’s start with the obvious…tiny baby clothes are about the cutest thing you could possibly sew!

2-Less fabric to waste while learning to sew

Maybe you’re considering sewing for a baby as your very first sewing project?  Here’s the great news; baby clothes take up a tiny bit of fabirc!  For examples, fom 1 yard of fabric, you could make approximately 5 baby onesies…or try several time before you achieved the results you are looking for!

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

3-Knit clothing is fast to sew

Most baby clothing/accessories is made from knit fabrics, and knits are very fast to sew.  Partly because there it isn’t necessary to finish the edges, and you can even skip hemming if you wish!

4-Scrap buster

Have leftover fabric from another project that’s too small to make yourself another garment?  Use it for baby sewing!

5-Unique baby shower gifts

Have you ever been at a baby shower where the mother to be received several items that were similar or even the same?  If you made your baby gift you are guaranteed it will be unique, and perhaps even more highly valued than other gifts because of the time and effort you put forth.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

6-Modern fabric designs

Once you decide to sew something for a baby, you get to start shopping for fabric.  That’s the really fun part, and you’ll be amazed at the availability of fabric types, colors, and prints that are a huge departure from the standard Disney characters available in most ready to wear clothing.  Although if you prefer Disney characters, there’s a huge selection of those types of fabrics too.

7-Organic fabric

While we’re on the subject of fabrics to use, you might want to consider using organic fabric for your baby, at least for the garments that will be touching their delicate and sensitive skin.  There is a larger and larger selection of organic fabrics available in ever increasing substrates (knit, guaze, quilting cottons, rayons, etc.) colors and prints too.

8-Better quality fabric

These days, sometimes store bought baby things don’t even make it through one baby.  But if you are sewing for a baby, you have control over the quality of fabric.  Handmade baby items not only make it through one baby, but can be passed down to other lucky babies!

birth day gift by Skirt Fixation

9-Perfect for Upcycling

Have a favorite item you’ve outgrown, but you’re too environmentally conscientious to throw it away?  Upcycling is easy, fast and baby items are the perfect new use for that old favorite.  Reuse existing hems and your work is done even faster!

10-Dresses for little girl

Dresses for a baby girl are quite hard to find, and there isn’t much variety once you find one.  Not so if you’re making a dress for a baby girl.  There is a huge selection of dress patterns for baby girls, and it’s growing all the time!

11-Boyish prints are hard to find

Have you ever tried to find cute baby clothing for boys?  It’s pretty difficult and slim pickings once you weed out all the sports paraphernalia and Mommy’s Little Prince items.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

12-Baby patterns are often free

Many times, pattern designers will release the baby version of one of their popular patterns for free!

13-Matching outfits

Not only can you create matching outfits for siblings to wear, you can also create coordinating combinations you wouldn’t be able to find in stores.

14-Clothing that fits

Many people sew for themselves so they can have a perfect fit, and the same holds true for baby sewing.  You can create clothing to the baby’s exact need.  For example, my babies always had longer arms and legs than came in ready to wear clothing.  So I had to choose between too big around, or too short in the limbs.

15-Clothes that accommodate cloth diapers

Along similar lines, store bought baby clothing is not designed to fit cloth diapers.  Some moms have found out they need to size up 2 sizes to get the clothing to work with cloth diapers!  Not so with handmade baby clothing.

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

16-Boutique looks for less

Some of the cutest baby items come from boutiques…if you can afford it!  But when you’re making the baby items by hand, you can create that boutique look for much, much less.

17-Traditions of sewing

When I was a baby, I had quite a few handmade items, and I’ll bet you did too.  When we sew for our baby, we are following in the footsteps of our mothers and grandmothers and their mothers and grandmothers…it’s a tradition of caring for baby by hand that has been passed along from generation to generation for ages.

18-Pride in the making

One of the greatest pleasures of sewing for a baby is to see the handmade item you made being put to good use.  And then when the compliments start rolling it, you’ll see how awesome you feel!

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

19-Better fit for preemies

Maybe this one should be titled, “fit for preemies” because preemie baby things are very, very rare.  Some parents end up dressing preemies in doll clothes!  Handmade baby items are so appropriate here, and last quite a long time because of the slower rate at which preemies grow at first.

20-They can’t/don’t care about your fashion choices

Let’s face it, as the baby grows, they won’t always agree with your style/fabric/fashion choices.  So while they are too young to care or know the difference, you get to dress them however you wish!  Have fun!

Bonus! 21-No one else’s baby is wearing the same thing

Your baby is unique from every other baby out there, and it’s clothing can be too…when you make it!

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

Hopefully we’ve convinced you with these very, very excellent reasons to sew for baby!  Have fun!

Please share in the comments below your reasons for sewing for baby…we’d love to hear them.