Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Some baby sewing

I usually knit for babies and I certainly haven't given up on baby knitting, indeed there are two of my usual little sweaters awaiting finishing but hot on the heels of last weeks little shorts for a baby boy I bring you bloomers for a girl.

These are still basically the same format as the needle cord bloomers I made a while ago but somewhat tweaked. I now use elastic in my bobbin thread to gather the legs, I had no idea how much fun that was! OK, naturally
the first ten attempts where not fun but once I got the hang of it.... I used french seams and sewed them down for reinforcement which should make these bloomers pretty indestructible for even the most wriggly of babies.

My favourite part, even better than the elastic as bobbin thread thrill, has to be the grosgrain ribbon trim. This was born out of necessity, I had made the little liberty print top from leftover fabric but there wasn't enough left to provide matching bloomers or even to make a bias trim to tie it all together. A search through my ribbon jar produced just enough grosgrain and it works really well as a method of hiding the raw edge of the hem. In fact, it works so well that I cannot stop myself smiling every time I look at it, I feel rather smug and need to go and buy yards and yards of grosgrain trim immediately because I suddenly need to finish every hem this way.

Along with the elasticated frill.

Hmm, I think a new obsession may have been born.


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