I took a break from that frustrating quilt project yesterday to sew some baby clothes. Sewing a quilt is like creating a garden; it ends beautifully, but it takes a lot of time and hard work. Sewing baby clothes is like going to a florist and buying a nice bouquet, then putting it in a vase and setting it in the middle of your table as soon as you get home. Quick, easy, fun, and immediately on display.
My project yesterday was a Seahorse outfit for my youngest to match her older sister’s. It’s very, very loosely based on the halter-jumper from One Yard Wonders.
I brought the top up to form more of a bib front rather than an elasticized halter, added ribbing to bind it and around the armholes to create straps, and added a bit of binding at the bottom so the shorts would be a little bubbly.
I didn’t actually use the pattern from OYW, since that particular project in the book is only made for 2T and up. I just laid one of my little one’s shirts and some of her shorts over the fabric and cut it out. Simple stuff. It went together very quickly, except the part where I unpicked the armhole ribbing twice because I just couldn’t get it small enough. Sometimes I forget how little my baby is.
It all came together in the end, though. Knits are so very forgiving. This project was a nice stress-reliever for me. It also confirmed two of my previous hypotheses; ribbing is fun and easy to do, and purple looks great on redheads. 🙂