And then it dawned on me...Hello? I can SEW something! And then....
Panic mode sets in.
Fabric choice - WTF is it with all the warning labels? Cute baby flannel prints all say "Not suitable for children's sleepwear"....huh? So if I make something out of this and Baby catches fire it's my fault? Eek! Research about fabric flammability & laws left me with the following conclusions:
1. The sleepwear that is worn right next to baby's skin should be tight = no airflow between skin & fabric.
2. If you buy RTW sleepwear, polyester (that can, presumably, MELT onto baby's skin), is safer (translation = 'legal') than yummy, soft, natural cotton. All righty then.
3. I think that the laws currently in place were determined at a time when more people smoked, & left their ashtrays in baby's room (seriously???) & other fire hazards were more prevalent than today.
4. I'm sewing baby clothes out of cotton, not polyester, thank you very much. Perhaps I'll give them with a warning "This is not flame-proof, so please don't set your baby on fire while she's wearing it." I should be covered, right?
After the research phase, the fabric choice was easy, based on their registry choices. Natural color, organic cotton. With thanks to all the sewing moms in cyberworld, I decided to make a baby sleep sack. Or sleeping bag. Or bunting. Or whatever it is they're calling it these days..... McCalls 4236 was the pattern of choice (on sale at JA's, made that choice easy). I gathered all of the ingredients, but it still took me until 5 days pre-shower before I managed to cut into the material. (More Freudian fear....but we're not going there.....) I still had decisions to make: What size? First I cut a Large, which was GINORMOUS! I cut it down to a Medium. This pattern runs large! How to finish the seams? How to install the zipper? Sleeves or sleeveless? What if I make the wrong choice? Sheesh, really? (this is why I much prefer the Selfish Seamstress route!) I mean, really, ALL there is to the pattern is 2 pattern pieces and a zipper. But of course, I wasn't about to leave well enough alone, and managed to tweak just about every single step of the process.
3 pieces of fabric
Utter simplicity, right?
|Binding, cut on the cross grain, one edge serged.|
I attached the binding (RS of binding to WS of the fabric), giving the binding a good stretch as I sewed it onto the body (those little curves are pretty tiny!). Then trimmed the seam allowance, leaving just enough binding to fold over to the RS & give a narrow binding, showing on the outside.
And I did :)
I cut a strip of the fabric wide enough to cover the zip (which was a wide, sports zip - plastic teeth) after it was folded in half lengthwise, and serged along the edges:
Then I attached it to one edge of the zip, leaving a lip about 1/2" long peeking over the neckline:
Folded over and tacked down, this protects Baby's neck from the zipper:
Inside. The serged edge is sewn onto one edge of the zipper:
Bottom of zipper. I extended the zipper guard to cover the tail of the zipper, and gave it some reinforcing stitches.
Last step was to finish the armhole edges (same as the neck), serge around the edges of the bag, give it a wash (I had already pre-shrunk the fabric, as I always do, but I wanted to package it up sparkling clean)
It's very simple, with just the pop of color. I hope they like it.
Just so they can have something to use right away, I'm adding a receiving blanket, with serged edges to match the sleeping bag. Or Baby Sack. Or bunting. Or whatever it is.
Silly, really...all that fear over sewing a simple baby item. Now when baby is big enough to wear real clothes....that should be fun!!!! I actually did sew a fancy christening gown once....in my former sewing life, 30-some odd years ago.... And a wedding gown for that baby's Mom. Part of me really wants to see those garments again, part of me thinks I might be better off never really knowing what the construction of them looks like..... Conveniently, I keep "forgetting" to ask about them....
Next up..... Gosh, I don't know!!!! Maybe a raincoat. I have a plan..... Or maybe I should catch up on the undone housework. Or bill paying.....
Does your sewing take priority over other household tasks? Do you have dishes piled in the sink while you're happily stitching away? Do you, too, sew first, pay bills later? Or do you actually manage to [gasp] do it ALL? (if so...what are your secrets?)