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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.

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Baby Pepper’s Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

CJ skirt 1

Hi! I am Teri from FA Sew La and I am thrilled to be guest posting at Skirt Fixation today as part of All The Skirts: SLPco + Phat Quarters edition. I have loved following along with this series and seeing all of the amazing skirts that Audrey has been making. (I am more than a little jealous of Annie’s wardrobe!) Simple Life Pattern Co has one skirt pattern that comes in size newborn to 24 months, Baby Pepper’s Peekabo Ruffle Skirt. Audrey asked if I would like to make the skirt for my 14 month old daughter, Caroline, and I jumped at the chance.

CJ skirt 5

Baby Pepper’s skirt is a double layered skirt with 2 ruffled borders and a sweet little pick-up tie. This is the kind of skirt I dreamed about sewing up for my little girl long before I actually had my own little girl. It is so pouffy and frilly and adorable.

CJ skirt 4

It’s an easy sew; there are no pattern pieces, just dimensions given and photo illustrations to guide you along the way. This skirt requires a lot of gathering. I really appreciated the tip that is given in the pattern to sew the basting stitch at the longest length with your machine’s tension cranked up to the highest level. Doing this causes the fabric to gather on it’s own and you can just finesse the ruffles a bit as you pin them in place.

CJ skirt

The fabric I used was provided by Phat Quarters. The three prints are from the line Bunny Garden by Lewis & Irene (here, here, and here) and the two solids are Art Gallery solids (here and here.)

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I love the body that these fabrics gave to the ruffles on this skirt and those tiny flowers and bunnies are just too cute. I made the biggest size, 18-24 months, in the hopes that Caroline will be able to wear this for quite a while. It will be an easy fix to adjust the length of the elastic in the waist as she grows.

CJ skirt 3

Are those jazz hands?!? I had a hilarious time trying to get pictures of this little mover. She isn’t walking yet but she pulls up on everything. She kept trying to scoot away from me whenever I put her on the ground. She actually giggled when I put this skirt on her, which I think means she loves it as much as I do!

Caroline collage

Thank you so much to the ladies at Skirt Fixation for having Caroline and me! Thanks to Phat Quarters and SLPco for the adorable fabric and pattern. You’ve made this mama’s “baby in a frilly skirt” dreams come true!

~Teri

Thanks so much Teri!  Your little girl is so adorable.  And that skirt is simply darling on her.  This is the last week to enter the giveaway, so be sure to link up and enter soon.

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, or link up to the Inlinkz!  There are going to be 2 winners, one random winner from the Rafflecopter giveaway, and one (crowd favorite) from the Inlinkz link up.  Each winner will receive $30 to spend in the Simple Life Pattern Company store, AND $20 to spend in the Phat Quarters Etsy shop.

This is also the final week for shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.  Then add your creation (or anything you’ve made in 2016 with a SLPco pattern or fabric from Phat Quarters) in the link up below.

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Baby Wrap Two Ways

gauze baby wrap

Sometimes I over-plan.  Do you ever do that?  Recently I decided I needed a new wrap.  Not the kind you eat, the kind you wear!

baby wrap

I have one baby wrap (not pictured in this post) that I absolutely love and have used to tie on my babies for year.  But this wrap has 2 limitations that were going to make it difficult to use for traveling, which was why I needed a new baby wrap.  My old, very expensive, very well used wrap was too hot for a summer trip and too long for easy use in airplanes and airports.  So I spent a very long time researching how to make my own baby wrap.  I read many DIY baby wrap tutorials, dug through my stash for a lightweight fabric, and cut and sewed, shaped, fit, made french seams, measured, wrapped, unwrapped, and so on until I had what I thought was the perfect baby wrap! (I also felt great solidarity by sewing with linen along with the Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition Linen ladies!)

linen baby wrap

But…I just wasn’t happy with it!  The brown floral linen fabric I used for the baby wrap ended up being scratchy as well as lightweight, so not great for all day on and airplane and in airports.  And in my effort to make the wrap short, I made it almost too short, and wasn’t certain this was the perfect wrap for traveling.  So the day before I left on my trip, I raced down to the fabric store, bought 2 yards of black gauze fabric, washed it, zig-zagged the edges, and that was it!

linen baby wrap

Guess which wrap I like better?  Guess which wrap I wear all the time: the linen one I took over 2 hours to make, or the gauze one that took 5 minutes?  The gauze one, of course!  Now both baby and I love a baby wrap.

linen baby wrap

It’s our favorite way to travel, both across the country, and around the house!

gauze baby wrap

He usually falls asleep after a few minutes in the baby wrap.

hands free baby wrap

It’s handy to have my hands free, and baby gets to be close to me.  So now I have 3 baby wraps: 1 for winter when the extra length and weight are perfect!  One for hot summer days and short trips around town.  One for all day whether hiking, gardening, or just hanging out!

gauze baby wrap

As one of my friends said recently, “You can never have too many wraps!”  I think I’ll make a knit baby wrap next!

Baby Wraps by Skirt Fixation

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Refashion for Magda!

Perfect gift set for a baby boy!

If you’ve come here from from House of Estrela, Hi, and welcome!  Let us introduce ourselves.  We are a mother/daughters team and we blog here at Skirt Fixation about everything to do with skirts!  When we signed up to be a part of Magda’s Refashion Month, we had no clue what we would be refashioning!  How’s that for planning?  But sometimes we work best when we fly by the seat of our, er, skirt!  So we signed up and thought hoped inspiration would hit later.  Then Magda was one of our contestants during Challenge Create: Adult Edition, and we learned a lot more about her, including that she was expecting a baby boy.  By the time the contest was finished, we loved Magda and her style and her new unborn baby, and knew we had to make something for the little one.  Having welcomed a baby boy to our family in April, we had a pretty good idea of what the perfect baby boy gift basket could contain!  (And to make it extra special for Magda, the refashion queen, we had to include a refashion!)  So here’s a photo of the finished baby gift set.

Perfect gift set for a baby boy!

We got the courage to actually sew something, as opposed to buy something, from a cousin because she sent us a handmade baby gift in April, and it was our absolute favorite gift!  We knew all the work and love that had gone into it!  Now we’ll explain each piece of that set individually.  First, the sleep sacque, refashioned from a nightdress.

NIghtdress before

We took this picture right after we forgot to take a before photo and had cut off the lace hem and bodice top!  But we pieced them back together for you to get the idea.  We used Frances Suzanne’s tutorial except made the sleep sacque a little shorter as they suggested.  We cut the top off a long sleeve onesie (see the mittened hands, perfect for covering newborn baby fingernails?!)  and used it for the top of the sleep sacque.  We gathered the bottom piece of the nightie, and here you have a little comfy sleep sacque for a newborn boy!

sleep sacque for baby boy

We love to use sleep sacques at the beginning of a newborn’s life because they make diaper changes so much easier!  And there are a lot of diaper changes at first!

The next piece in the baby boy gift basket is the footed set.

footed pants with matching hat

We used two tutorials for this one, the footed pants from Sew Much Ado, and the knotted knit hat from Make It Love It.  Again, we always keep a hat on our newborn, and the footed pants are so nice too because they eliminate the whole missing sock, cold foot epidemic our babies have always suffered from!  Allegra embroidered around the monkey we added to the (store bought) onesie to make it match the rest of the outfit.

The last two things in the gift basket for Magda’s baby boy are two swaddle blankets.

swaddle blankets

When our first baby, Allegra, was born, you could find receiving blankets in sizes large enough to swaddle a baby well into the first six months of their lives.  But since then, baby blankets have shrunk!  Quite a few years and babies later, we decided to start making our own blankets in just the right size for swaddling!  Now being that Magda’s baby is going to be swaddled in July, we used a lightweight flannel of just one layer.  For winter babies, you can use thicker flannel or two layers.  Most baby blankets are slightly rectangular, and that just doesn’t work for swaddling very well, so we make ours 42″ x 26″.  That size gives you plenty of width for wrapping around the baby, and not too much extra hanging past their feet that you don’t know what to do with!

Perfect gift set for a baby boy!

Well, there you have it…in our opinion, the perfect gift basket for a baby boy!  Be sure to pop over to House of Estrela in July for all the fun during her Refashion Month.

Here is the lineup of who else is making a refashion for Magda during her Refashion Month.

Gigggles & Beans – Nest full of Eggs – Friends Stitched Together – The Lachman Collection – Sew Straight & Gather – FABulous Home Sewn – Skirt Fixation – Swoodson Says – Gracious Threads – Sews n Bows – Carissa Knits – Sew Shelly Sew – Hamilton Chicklets – Climbing the Willow – Serger Pepper – xoxo Grandma – Threading My Way – Sara Made – The Land of K.A. 

Did you know there’s a giveaway, too?   a Rafflecopter giveaway
 The giveaway is for people who link up a refashion in the Flickr group!

 

Congratulations, Magda, and enjoy that new baby boy!

Audrey, Allegra, Arie & Annie