Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baby Clothes Madness

If you skim through this post just to see the pictures, you'll probably guess that I've found that I am expecting a boy! The truth is, I still haven't found out the gender. At my 21st week checkup, the doctor was still unable to tell. He mentioned it looks like a girl though. So we now stick with "she/her" when we talk about Mikan (temporary nickname for our baby.), but there is still a chance Mikan is actually a boy. I am DYING to know, but I respect the nature of not knowing if that's what the future holds for us.

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I have been so into making this set lately. (The pattern is in this Japanese book - love this book!) I have two real life friends who are preggers now, one in my hometown and one in Tokyo. They are both expecting a boy. This set above was made for a friend in my hometown I've known since high school. The baby is due early June. It was absolutely fun to make it for her. You will need only a half yard of two prints (plus some scraps to make binding tapes.) Very quick and fun! The adorable fabric is of course Summersville by Lu Summers!

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This set was for a friend in Tokyo who is due in just one month! I've met her in Seattle and have known her for several years. Her marriage brought her to Japan. It is real exciting that her baby will be learning both English and Japanese at the same time as my baby. I hope she will like it! The fabric is Put a Lid on It by Michael Miller.

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This is a stamp I hand-carved to make the tag on the bibs. I have so many friends who have boys it's nice to have a stamp or two that I can quickly make a cute tag with.

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This is for my baby. It was pretty unisex until I added the red plaid binding. If I find that Mikan is a girl, I will make a girl version stamp or some girly motif stamp to make a tag for the shirt. I was fully aware that by the time the baby is old enough to wear this set, it will be winter. By summer of next year, she/he will be probably too big for it. I am just too in love with this lobster fabric I just couldn't resist!

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And this is my latest project, trousers for my friend's boy. He will start walking soon, so it will be really exciting to see him wearing them while walking. I can't wait to see!

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The pattern is in Anna Maria Hornor's book. This book is fabulous in every way. There are so many projects I want to make in it, and the instructions are so well written with lots of diagrams to help you understand each process. These trousers came together so quick 90% of the time was spent on tracing patterns and cutting fabric.

Thanks for letting me share! Hope you have a lovely weekend :)


44 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, it's all so gorgeous!

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  2. Ayumi, such cuteness! You're making me wish I had a baby to sew for. Will have to talk some of my friends into it :) Such an exciting time for you, looking forward to meeting your first little sweetie. xx

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  3. So cute! Your clothes make me broody for another baby just so I can sew cute clothes. Ha ha. However, my family is complete so I will just have to sew for the children I have already.

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  4. What gorgeous clothes, Ayumi. Do hope you are feeling well; I'm sure you and Joe are over the moon. How exciting and lovely.

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  5. cute clothes! I hope Mikan is behaving and you are keeping well.

    Such fun to see the emails from Sew Daily with your book all over!

    What ink are you using for the stamp to make it washable?

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  6. How gorgeous! Of course, with the baby's nickname being Mikan, you might have to look out for some cute orange prints too.

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    1. Thank you! I actually found a hat that is like an orange! Now I have to make a hat like that for her :)

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  7. Those are so sweet and will be adorable on Mikan! It is good to see you are feeling more crafty again ;-)

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  8. Hi Ayumi, I am so pleased you've featured some really cute boy baby ideas as my son and his wife are expecting a boy at the end of May in Taipei, so it will be summer there. I will have a look for that book too, it looks like it's filled with inspiration to be sewn.

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  9. My goodness, you have been so busy, definitely nesting!!

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  10. hello Ayumi..
    i'm having a boy.. not very happy.. i told you i would like to have a girl.. just because i would like to teach sewing and sewing with and for my girl..

    so im having a hard time to ajust the sewing for boys.. i dont have nothing.. here im portugal we dont have much sewing.. less for boys..
    so.. i a litle chamed to ask if you could help me.. can you please send me the pattern of your japonese book? the other book i already order..

    thank you
    kiss

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  11. Eeek, they are so adorable! I'm so sorry that you weren't able to find out boy/girl as you had hoped. It will be a great surprise whenever it comes!

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  12. Oh my goodness, it's all so gorgeous!
    I'm almost there... Panic :p Only 8 weeks to see my little baby girl :).

    And relax if cross-legged is certainly a girl :) I knew it was a girl only at 25 weeks. She was always crosslegged :p So relax and enjoy your pregnancy. Kiss

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    1. Oh congratulations for you! I am so excited for you to meet your baby girl in just 8 weeks!!
      My baby's legs aren't crossed usually, but my doctor doesn't want to confirm that it's a girl since there is a chance he still can't see the boy's symbol ;)

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  13. Oh my! So adorable! I loved sewing for my kids when the were little, and you will have the best dressed Mikan in all of Japan! Be well, and enjoy.

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  14. All those little outfits are so cute! I did lots of sewing for my son when he was little (even when he got older) and still have all of it!
    We didn't know till he was born that he was a boy and I was so happy to have him ~ it didn't matter at all!

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  15. I love those adorable trousers! And now I want a new baby to sew for. All of these outfits are precious and congrats on your pregnancy :)

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  16. Sewing for babies is so fun. Love those little outfits!

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  17. These clothes are so cute! Glad you are doing well. xo

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  18. The cuteness of the things you create knows no bounds! These are so precious :)

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  19. These are absolutely incredible, Ayumi! You are so talented!

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  20. ADORABLE! Congratulations on the bebe - boy or girl!

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  21. They're so cute Ayumi, congratulations! The book seems to be translated to japanese. Could you tell us the author? I would like to get a copy if there is an english version because my daughter is expecting her first baby! Thank you,
    Myrto
    myrtovl@gmail.com

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  22. You are so talented friend! First of all I can't believe you carved that stamp yourself - it's crazy adorable, and you've managed to wow me with yet another crafty talent that you have! And secondly, all those wee little clothes are adorable...those wee lobsters and the plaid pants are making me swoon :)

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  23. You never cease to impress me! How creatively clever of you to carve your own stamp! Those cute baby togs will be a huge hit with the moms and their little ones.

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  24. these little outfits are so cute. I wish the book was in English. Maybe I'll try translating the amazon site.

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  25. Ayumi, these sets are so cute! You've been a busy bee lately. I'm still waiting for my sewing mojo to come back :)

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  26. Adorable!! Each one has so much personality and so unique from the other. Your color combinations are very fun and beautiful! Very sweet presents for your friends' babies! Your hand carved stamp is just the cutest!

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  27. Dear Ayumi.....first Im sooooo HAPPY for you and your husband.....and your family
    Congratulations.....A baby its a wonder.
    happy baby sewing......

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  28. Wow, it is really very nice and cute sewing! :) Have the happy days! J.

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  29. Amazing work as always, Ayumi! Adorable sets. Your baby is going to be the best dressed baby ever and the envy of all.

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  30. Oh I loved sewing for my sister's baby - so precious! Beautiful work :)

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  31. No wonder you love the lobster fabric, it is absolutely adorable. And so are the pretty things you have been sewing!

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  32. Oh my gosh, you and your friend's are going to have the best dressed babies in all of Tokyo!!!! Sweet makes, Ayumi!

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  33. How you must feel on pins and needles not to know! I hope you'll get to find out at a future visit. Baby please don't hide!

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  34. EEEEEEEEEEEEEPP! LOve all those adorable outfits! ;p

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  35. Oh my word, these are beautiful baby clothes... I hope your baby gets to wear the lobsters, even if it's just inside in the warm.

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  36. Adorable!!!! I love all the little outfits, especially with your handmade stamp detail. Soooo cute =D

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  37. These are the most adorable baby handmade outfits I've seen! Your baby'd look gorgeous!

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