Monday, July 6, 2015

Kimono

Yesterday I took my needle and thread along to the river.  We found this lovely spot with cool, shallow water where the little ones can safely wade, while mamas rest on shore, papas fish and big kids wonder to a rope swing near bye.  I coaxed a friend to wade with me.  The icy waters of the Saluda river turned our feet completely numb.  It was just the thing in near 90 degree heat!

Green Bee {kimono}

Hmmm, next time I'll take a shot of the river for you.  Today I just have photos of the little kimono top I finally finished out there.  It's from the Green Bee Modern Baby Set sewn up in Birch Organic Knits from Fabricworm.  I used the coral color for the body and sun for the facings.  These knits are so soft and scrumptious.  I'm sure baby will be cozy!

Green Bee {kimono}

I secured the facings with a double row of hand stitched pearl cotton thread.  The top was looking a bit too plain for my tastes without that.  Now it looks very "handmade" too.  I like that.

Green Bee {kimono}

Instead of ribbons, I used handmade bias tape for ties.  These cuties were leftover from some other project.  Worked perfectly here!

Green Bee {kimono}

I'm thinking this top looks like fall.  And, luckily, it should still fit then, though maybe with three quarter length sleeves.  The pattern is size 0-3 months, but I could tell the top was going to fit roomy as soon as I cut out the pattern.  Baby is about 15 pounds and 4 months old. 

I have some more knit solids, but I'm not sure what to make with them.  Right now Eleni wears a t-shirt and a colorful cloth diaper most every day.  It keeps her cool and gives us access to her g-tube.  Maybe this fall I'll be more tempted to sew clothes for her?

For now, it's back to quilts for me!

19 comments:

  1. This is so lovely and sweet, and Eleni is such a cutie-bugs. Thank you for sharing her journey (and yours) with us. You're in my thoughts! :)

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  2. Love her kimono. Her head is turned the other way - no centerline, but it is turned the other way.
    Hooray!

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  3. She is precious Rachel, I am always checking in to see pictures of her and follow how she is doing, thanks for keeping us updated. Thinking of you and your daughter. Love the kimono!

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  4. That kimono shirt is so very precious!! Looks comfy and cozy, too.

    I hear you on making clothes for babies. I made pants for my little one and they fit that fast growing boy for about 5 minutes. ;) Discouraging! Also, with our heat wave lately, he has been so frequently nekkid that my older sister asked me the other day if he has any shirts. Haha. So, clothes might be off the list for a while. I've been thinking about a knit blanket or quilt, though. Wouldn't that be so soft?

    I'm not sure if Eleni likes a cozy, bundled feeling (or even if it would be a good idea given her breathing troubles) but I made my son a weighted blanket. It's not as heavy as it sounds - about like a thick winter blanket but cooler for the summer time. It's supposed to be relaxing, and it seems to work for him.

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  5. Lovely, lovely, lovely...especially on precious Eleni. Her eyelashes are AMAZING!!!! I hardly have any to speak of so I'm drawn to hers. :-).

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  6. This is perfect for a little one with a g-tube! I have a little guy (now 4.5 years) that has one and I was always on the lookout for little pjs with snaps instead of zippers. This would have been great :)

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  7. The first thing I noticed was her head turned to the left. Progress! The kimono is nice, pretty, and practical.

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  8. Awwww she is a sweetums for sure. I love this. You are right though, My daughter keeps her one month old in a t-shirt with those snaps (I think they have been making those for decades) and a diaper. Gosh she poops so much. I forgot how much pooping goes on lol
    I love this kimono. It is just beautiful!. It looks terrific on Eleni.
    It is nice to work on another project for a while. We are multi-taskers, doing 8 things at the same time.

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  9. Love the hand-stitching and the beautiful color. And Eleni is looking to the left--all across the globe, quilters are smiling along with her mama. Sending much love, and my thanks to you for taking time for sharing.

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  10. Your precious baby has the most beautiful eyes and eyelashes :o) She is so adorable and the kimono is cute too!

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  11. Love the Kimono! The hand stitching is awesome! And of course, Eleni looks adorable, as always! I wish it was just 90 degrees where I'm at! It's been up to 107! Love reading your posts and keep the great pictures of Eleni coming! As always my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Camille

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  12. Love the Kimono! The hand stitching is awesome! And of course, Eleni looks adorable, as always! I wish it was just 90 degrees where I'm at! It's been up to 107! Love reading your posts and keep the great pictures of Eleni coming! As always my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Camille

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  13. Rachel, I think about you and your family so often. Eleni at four months was a compelling update, both optimistic and heartbreaking. I think that you are exceptionally brave and I admire you. I'm not sure that I could shoulder your complicated situation - your beautiful child who cannot smile back at you - all of the medically complex issues ... but you manage to do so and share, and this astonishes me.
    The little kimono is as precious as Eleni. I love the addition of your hand stitches. The beauty that you create tells me that it comes from an equally beautiful heart.

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  14. Adorable and sweet, and, the kimono is lovely as well!

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  15. What a beautiful design and the kimono suits Eleni beautifully. The colour is just gorgeous on her and it would be a beautiful fall top. Less is so much more when it comes to summer clothing for little ones, especially in the heat and I think that fall and winter are much better times to sew for them when they need more layers. Playing catch up on blog reading and it was inspiring to read little Eleni's four month update. She has come so very far and it is just wonderful to hear of all you are doing for her.

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  16. Eleni looks super cute in her kimono and the colour suits her as well :)

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  17. We were really into Baby Legs when my daughter was a baby and they still fit her at 3. It's just baby leg warmers made of sock material in cute patterns that covers from ankle to thigh. We used them for chilly days at home with a onesie or under pants during winter. They're pretty expensive most places, but babysteals.com has them fairly often so it's worth it to check it out.

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  18. Lovely kimono - especially the inner raw edge - such lovely detail! And oh my Eleni's eyes are beautiful!

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  19. Lovely finishing touch and done on location too - well that just may make it perfect :)

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