Friday, May 14, 2010
Well this week was a total bust in a lot of ways. Tons of rain, cold, dreary days and me & baby both with a bad cold. Yuck. But the silver lining was being stuck in the house motivated me to work on my new baby bonnet & dress patterns. Miracle, upon miracle, I finished them, started feeling better and the sunny, warm weather returned (cue the sound of angels here)! Just in time to take some pics of my newly finished stuff on Serena before her runny nose took over for the day. So here's a look at my very own lined baby bonnet & reversible dress design using some fabrics from my stash:
I remember when I was a little girl it was easy to find baby bonnets. These days......not so much. It's almost impossible to find patterns too. Sunny days seem to call out for cute bonnets on babies, so I was determined to find a solution. So I gave a vintage bonnet (that was my own circa 1970s) a good once over and doctored up my own pattern & paired it with my reversible dress pattern. I made the pink elephant one with a face-framing, floppy brim.
My dress was fast to make, fully reversibly, with easy on & off straps. It looks cute with a shirt under it or by itself.
I made this gingham bonnet without a brim, but did a kind of 1930's angle on the front and used the trim to make the ties instead of using fabric like the elephant one. This pretty fabric is vintage. I found it in my grandma's stash a long time ago, so it's got to be a good 20-30yrs old, but looks brand new:
I love the embroidered daisies all over it:
I'm not sure which one I like more, but I'm definitely going to make more of them. I could not believe how quick the bonnets were and how much I love them - which makes me wonder why they are so hard to find? I can't be the only one who thinks bonnets are way cuter than the other baby hats out there. I would prefer that doesn't rain while I make the next ones though. I've had my fill of rain & gloom this week.