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Friday, July 25, 2014

Maternity Shirts to Baby Dress!

I had a few maternity shirts with those lovely belly stains on them... 
in other words "not fit to donate or sell."  
Looking at the shirts I thought that there was a lot of nice, soft, material in a maternity t-shirt, and the backs of the shirts were perfectly fine
so I started searching for free patterns on Pinterest.  
  
Now, I am not an expert at sewing so I wanted something very easy to get back in the swing of things.  
Found this one for a baby Cap Sleeve Dress on Shwin & Shwin that was adorable and thought I'd give it a try.
Cutting out Bodice from Maternity T's
(was debating putting those molas on the dress)

Aimee is 4 months old tomorrow, but large for her age.  She's about 15# and 29" long so she's wearing a 6 month size in most everything, even larger in some because of her height.  This free pattern was a size 12-18 month, but looking at it I didn't think it was that huge so I made it to size.

I used the backs of two maternity t shirts in the end, a teal green one and a purple one.
For the skirt I didn't follow the pattern because it didn't fit on any of the shirts right.   I ended up taking the purple t shirt and just cutting off the bottom of it all the way around (about 10 inches long) and then gathering that and sewing it on the bodice.

My first attempt revealed that the bodice was way too long as well as the skirt, but width was fine.

"Mom, this is too big!" 
So, I cut the skirt off the bodice and cut length off of both, then resewed.

This was perfect.  BUT, my stitching wasn't very straight and seam showed on skirt...
SO
I used the binding that had been around the top of the teal v-neck t shirt and cut it off to make a belt of sorts.  I stitched it on using a decorative stitch on my machine and black thread.  I left the ends hanging like a real belt, and then made a fabric flower out of the purple fabric.
Floppy Flower and Belt Detail 

To make the flower I just cut the end of a sleeve off at about three inches
then folded it and sewed a basting stitch and gathered it into a rough flower.  Then I stitched those stitches together on the back and hand stitched it on, gathering where I thought it needed it.

I think she likes it! 
It was really quite easy to work with jersey.  I'd been scared to try but think making t-shirts for her would be so simple.  I have several other dresses cut out from patterns I'm making myself, so I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On Tiny Cloth Booties

I am a cloth diapering gal.
With our oldest we used what we could find and afford (old time prefolds and plastic covers)
With our second we could afford a few fancy covers
With the third I used mainly G Diapers
and now
I'm experimenting...
We are using mainly G Diapers with cloth inserts, but not sure how good they will fit later on.
Cute G-Diaper Baby Bum
I have a few fancy covers (Rumparooz, etc.) that I really like with the Indian Prefold cotton diapers,
but they are still too big for my little one's rump.
The G Diapers are so expensive (for the cloth inserts anyway) and I might try to make a few to see how they work.  I don't like the disposable/compostable inserts anymore.  Not sure how they are different from when we used them 9 years ago, but they don't seem to absorb anything and get the covers all wet.   Yuck.  I really like the cloth inserts, they are made from Hemp and cotton, so they absorb really well.
For wipes I got the Prince Lionheart wipe warmer on Amazon.  I like the wipes that came with it alot.  I'd also ordered some Thirsties wipes and they seem to be really pilly, don't like them very much.
If you live in central Arkansas you can find all kinds of cloth diapering options at The Green Corner Store downtown.  They even have consulting and gently used diapers! (Plus you can get some Loblolly ice cream while you're there!)
My honey made me a beautiful clothesline last week.  I know, strange thing to get excited over but I am!  It's on a pulley system so I don't have to get down off the back porch!
So cute to see those little diapers flapping in the breeze.
I'll keep you posted on how this journey goes!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On Sugar and Spice and Spring Break Sweetness

Our Spring Break-
Well, when I went into the doc on the 24th they said my amniotic fluid was a "2" which is dangerously low.  I had read up on this and really wasn't too keen on being induced, but everyone said I should go ahead...
so we left the doctor, went home to pack a hospital bag, and went to the hospital.
(When you're planning a home birth this trip to the hospital is not a happy one.)
They started the Pitocin drip Monday (did a very slow increase and I had almost NO pain without pain meds) and on Wednesday my sweet Aimee was born.   She was "face up" so the actual process was longer than I'd experienced before.
Aimee's Birthday

I must admit, hospitals (and nurses) have come a LONG way since I had my last baby in a hospital.  Back then, none of the nurses had even witnessed a non-medicated birth, and this time two of my nurses had been midwife or doula trained.  I was allowed to labor wherever and however I wanted (jacuzzi, birthing stools and balls etc.) and my midwife was there to act as my doula.   No one asked me if I needed pain meds which was nice.

When my water broke on Tuesday I was not too happy.  I'd been on Pitocin 24 hrs already and then to see that I did have quite a bit of AF, made me a little angry.  I didn't want to force my baby to come two weeks early, and then to see that it probably hadn't been necessary....
To my doctor's defense, the ultrasound is a horrible method for measuring fluid.  The midwife's hands probably are your best indicator of everything being okay, and now (too late) I know that.   Make sure you get a second opinion! 
The good news is that my sweet girl is perfectly fine, healthy and happy!  She was 7 lbs 10 oz, so not too small for being two weeks early.
One week old
Now, if I can remember to sleep when baby sleeps (I'm sooo tired!)
My oldest girl did get her drivers' license (finally) during Spring Break, so maybe my chauffeur days will get easier.
The other kids are so in love with their tiny sister!

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