June 2, 2012
Hand Knitted and Hand Sewn Baby Wardrobe!
I have been LOVING knitting and sewing things lately! Making them in anticipation of our baby girl was so, so much fun. I'd love to share them with you!
This is a mint green hooded sweater, my first project. Instead of buttons, I used ribbon ties, which I think look great. The ends of ribbon may be easily finished by melting them ever so gently with a match- a trick I learned as a ballet dancer in my teens- you didn't want the ends of your pointe shoe ribbons unravelling! Just be careful not to melt it too much, it can turn a darker color than the ribbon. If you're nervous about this step, practice on a spare piece of ribbon. This yarn is just acrylic baby yarn, I think the brand was Bernat.
Now, I love knitting, but I also love sewing, too. However, I will say this about knitting, it's more portable- I have knitted in the waiting room at doctors' appointments, at the car dealership, etc., which, you can't do as much with your sewing projects. Sewing is a bit messier, too, the pieces of thread and scraps of fabric, and you need a table and a work area for your sewing machine. With knitting, you can do it nearly anywhere, and all you need is your yarn and needles.
I was inspired to make our baby girl some things for her nursery, also, I bought some lovely upholstery fabric with coral embroidered on it, and I have made a quilt and also drapes for the nursery. The quilt took longer than I thought, but I think the effect of the hand stitching around the embroidery already on the fabric is really lovely!
I hope these projects inspire you! It is not as hard as it looks, and the satisfaction and enjoyment you'll experience are well worth the effort! And, no one else will have one that is just like it.
For an original La Dolce Duchessa pattern for a Lace Baby Sweater, click below!