Tuesday, March 5, 2013

another minor project distraction

i'm a huge pushover. but anything for a friend, right?


baby diaper covers

a friend/co-worker asked me to make baby diaper covers for her baby's first birthday photo shoot. the polka dotted version is the muslin to test the fit. she's going to use a tiny teal blue and white zig-zag/chevron/whatevs for the final. she said the muslin fit well so we're going to do the same size for the final (the 12-24 months size on the pattern).

the pattern is from the blog Dana Made It. find it here. thanks, dana made it! i used 1" elastic for the waistband and 1/4" for the legs. one modification to make (fabric permitting) is to remove the crotch seam allowance, tape the front and back pattern pieces together and cut the whole thing on the fold. bingo, no crotch seam. i mean who wants a crotch seam when you don't have to have one, right?

and serge the whole thing, leg holes, waist line flat, Before sewing up the side seams. much easier. zig zag if you don't have a serger or you can do bias tape, or you could turn it under twice to hide the edge. but i'm loving my new serger. lov-ing-it!! best-thing-ever! get-one-if you-can!

i was going to turn the edges under to hide the serged seams, but since this was a muslin i didn't bother. but my friend Liked the serged seams because it "looks professional." so there ya go, serged seams. super profesh. (i don't think i've ever said "super profesh" in my life…)

the dress is recovering from surgery. hanging up, "letting it drop" (AKA didn't have time to finish it) and the only thing left is the hem. how high? right below the knee? should i show some knee? maybe it would be more fun if it was above the knee? i guess i'll pin it up, take photos and decided. oh i should've taken photos and let you vote. there's still time. i decided not to rush the hem. i could've rushed it and gotten it done in time to wear to my brother's wedding rehearsal dinner on thursday. but we're leaving town tomorrow, so i'm just going to wear a RTW dress.

if you want to vote on the hem length before seeing the photos, go for it =) do you have a "go-to" hem length? and how short do you dare to go? ;)

12 comments:

  1. Adorable! Great way to use up scrap fabric as well.

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    1. Very true, it didn't take much fabric at all! I'm imagining the crazy diaper covers I could make if I used all of my scrap fabric... hehe

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  2. Do you not squeal a little when you make these little bloomers? I do, but then again, I have a lot of hormones running through my body at the moment. Lol! Cute little diaper cover!

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    1. I do too, little bloomers are super adorable because they're so small! Excited for you :)

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  3. Love the baby pants, really cute. I vote for either on or just above the knee. On is usually my go-to length, otherwise I feel a bit self conscious.

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    1. I have a couple dresses that i feel are too short now, and i'm thinking of cutting them apart and making something else with the fabric… =)

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  4. Adorable diaper covers! That was really sweet to do for your friend!

    For my vote on the hem, I say just above the knee. Although I think you should take pictures and have us vote :) Hope you have great time at your brother's wedding!

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    1. thanks! i'll try to take some photos very soon =)

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    1. thanks, makes me almost want a little person of my own to wear them… almost

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  6. They are so gorgeous - I would like a pair too please, but I guess I'll have to make my own! :)

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    1. =) they're not too tough. the tiny leg openings are a little finicky, but doable. using bias tape as a casing would be even faster i think. i did that once before, but for some reason i decided to put the elastic inside the bias tape casing and THEN sew the casing shut. haha. it's much easier to sew the casing down leaving a small opening, then thread the elastic through on a safety pin, sew the elastic ends together and then close the small opening in the casing.

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