Friday, June 5, 2015

baby steps

Do you like to buckle down for a few hours to push through a project or to piece it together bit-by-bit in baby steps?

Me, I'm the buckle down type, preferring to have just one or two projects going at once.  Even so, lately I've been working in baby steps as things have been especially complicated with travel and appointments. I keep reminding myself that baby steps can move things along too!

a baby Kimono

I received this selection of Birch Organic knits about a week ago, along with the Modern Baby Set pattern by Green Bee, all from Fabricworm.  Yep, I was motivated by that Knit Challenge event!  The colors I chose are, from left:  sun, mid blue, shell, coral and grass.  The sun is duller than I would have expected and the grass brighter.  My favorite colors are the three in the middle, especially coral.

a baby Kimono

For my first project I am making the kimono top in coral with sun facings.  I cut all my pieces with a pinking blade used in my rotary cutter.   Since knits don't fray, this is my way of finishing the edges!  I'm using my trusty Kenmore to sew a "stretch" stitch with a ballpoint needle.  Worked a charm!  The seams are stretchy and didn't become a bit puckered or wavy.  Goes to show you don't need anything fancy to sew knits.

I found the Green Bee pattern instruction booklet pretty easy to follow.  Not quite as easy as Oliver & S or pdf patterns (with their extra pictures), but definitely doable.

sleepy model

I have to admit I'm concerned that the top is turning out too big.  I'd find out, but my model is totally sleeping in the job...  The pattern only provides one size, 0-3 months, but there is a lot of variations.  You could make an entire, all-season baby wardrobe with this pattern set!

a baby Kimono

All that's left is the very last step - topstitching the sun facings for a clean finish.  I've decided to hand stitch the facings down with pearl cotton size 8 thread.  I think the top could us some extra interest.

a baby Kimono

The facing go all the way around the neck, front openings and shirt hem.  Hmm... maybe a couple of rows of stitching would be just the thing! 

More baby steps...


26 comments:

  1. that looks super cozy and sweet.

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  2. Your model is adorable and the top is cute

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  3. It's a beautiful top, Rachel, but I agree, a couple of lines of pretty hand stitching will make it perfect! And Eleni is so-o-o-o-o beautiful!!!

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  4. That is sooo cute! Love the color!

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  5. OMGosh she's so adorable! I wish I could sleep on the job. This is fantastic, and I love the bold colour. I'm a little at a time type worker, but I'm totally going to have to get in to batching jobs if I'm going to survive the next month!

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  6. There she is. What a little angel that Eleni is. She is so fortunate to have such a loving mama to look over at her all day.
    This top is so cute!!! I just saw an ad or something (dementia is leaching in from caring for my oldsters, I know it) that had the facings embroidered down from the outside. It was beautiful,

    Christina is 39 weeks and the little one is firmly frank breech. so.... she is having a c-section next Friday or sooner. I doubt seriously that Christina will go into labor before then. Fortunately, like all of you, we have lots of family around to "help" -- if we are lucky to get the baby out of Lizzie's (my youngest) hands....
    ((((bigsqueezyhugs))))

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  7. How very sweet! I haven't sewn with knots in years! I work in steps and usually on 3 or 4 projects at a time.

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  8. I love her hair!
    Coral is oh so pretty and the top is too cute!
    I'm a finish one thing before starting something else girl myself....well, most of the time ;)

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  9. Oooh - I just want to kiss that adorable squidgy cheek! I tend to have lots of things on the go and then get a bit bothered by the fact that I haven't finished anything!! So silly - I am trying not to start any more projects.

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  10. It will be pretty with the hand sewing. Good idea. One step at a time. Keep taking care of yourself.

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  11. Eep! I love this so far. My daughter had a similar style top at that age and I loved it, but it was monochromatic. The pop of color at the facings and ties on your version are delightful! I'm betting it'll look great on the model once it's finished : )

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  12. Eep! I love this so far. My daughter had a similar style top at that age and I loved it, but it was monochromatic. The pop of color at the facings and ties on your version are delightful! I'm betting it'll look great on the model once it's finished : )

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  13. Eep! I love this so far. My daughter had a similar style top at that age and I loved it, but it was monochromatic. The pop of color at the facings and ties on your version are delightful! I'm betting it'll look great on the model once it's finished : )

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  14. Baby steps for baby times..and very satisfying too . Colours just pop. V cute!! and a sit down hand finish too. Looking at the pattern you could scale it up I would think and this style has a use for a good few months. Did knitted ones for DGD now 2 yrs and fav is with elbow length sleeve - for a do-it-elf!
    The pinking rotary blade is my new friend too ..fun for raw edge applique projects.
    Scottish hugs to the wee bairn and yourself
    Freda P

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  15. If you look at most graded patterns, babies tend to get longer but not really bigger around, so judge the fit of the first one and then you can figure out how to size up. The only wildcard is cloth diapers and the added bulk--i used them for my daughter and for the few things I made for her I did have to add fullness and length to the rear crotch seam (I really like the Colette fitting adjustments on their site).

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  16. Gorgeous! I think the embroidery will be just the perfect finishing touch. And I can't get enough of your beautiful model! Baby steps, or grabbing 15 minutes here and there, has been what's worked for me with my family of nine children. Now that they are older and I have fewer still at home, I'm often able to find longer stretches of time, but for oh so many years, little snatches were all I could take. But all those baby steps add up!

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  17. These are super great!!! And I can tell you that after 5 years of working on my PhD (I am defending soon), baby steps truly do work! Sometimes they are be only way to tackle giant problems or deal with the overwhelming challenges of life. I take the same approach to sewing!

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  18. The coral is gorgeous, as is the grass green! And when you're that cute, you can get away with sleeping on the job. ;)

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  19. Beautiful coral jacket. Beautiful little model. She is so sweet.
    I made a baby quilt, Sweet Cheeks, from your pattern book. I posted a picture on my blog yesterday. sewcookandtravel.blogspot.com

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  20. Everything you make is beautiful Rachel xxx

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  21. I've just caught up with you, Rachel, after a while away. And I'm floored by your candid honesty. My thoughts are with you and your family, and I hope that you nourish the little sprout of hope you have. Hope is important. It leaves us vulnerable, yes, but without it we can't strive for better. I know it doesn't seem it sometimes, but everything is going to be alright. Not because everything will work out the way we hope, but because humans are amazing things. You and your family are amazing things. Indefatigable as long as you hope and love and have faith.

    Love and hugs,
    Kim

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    1. Kim, Of all the things that have been said to bring me comfort, this is one of the most effective. That we could be "ok" because we are humans, and humans adjust and humans hope and humans go on. Yes, that rings true.

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  22. Before I had a baby, I loved to power through long stretches, but since the baby, baby steps are all that I can squeeze in. And I am always amazed at how quickly progress stacks up as long as I'm consistent. I try to do at least 15 minutes every night after he's asleep. Sometimes that turns into 3-4 hours and I'm dragging a little the next day, but even just the 15 minutes always yields a little progress. Always love your projects - even though I'm still too scared to try clothes or knit!!

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  23. That looks so cosy. Love your handstitching idea. Sweet picture of Eleni. 💕

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  24. de verdad no se de donde sacas el tiempo erses admirable besitos para Eleni desde Barcelona
    España

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