How A Suite of Baby Clothes Came to Be

by ilene on June 14, 2011 · 6 comments

in baby, sewing

Our sweet neighbors were expecting their first baby so I wanted to sew them something extra special for their baby shower. They opted not to know the gender of the baby to avoid gender stereotypes so I was challenged to make something that was gender neutral. No frilly tutus, ruffled bottom onesies or helicopter onesies for this baby!   I wanted to make something out of a soft knit for the newborn, but knit material with a decent pattern is hard to find in fabric stores. I found this shirt discounted to just $6 which I figured could tear apart and use the fabric:

I really liked the colors and stripes and since the shirt was XL, it gave me lots of material to work with. The gray and yellow could work for a baby boy or for a baby girl.   The shirt inspired a whole complete outfit for the baby.  First, I made these newborn baby pants (using this free pattern):


Which inspired me to make this matching onesie:

Which led to this matching hat (see my tutorial here):

All of which are customized with their last name:

All these clothes needed a matching gift bag:

Which of course needed a custom clay gift tag (see my tutorial here):

The complete suite, all together now:

My neighbors said that they packed the outfit in their hospital bag to dress the baby on its way home from the hospital!

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1 santasow June 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

That is a lovely idea!

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2 Cheryl June 14, 2011 at 11:12 am

How fabulous is this project??!! I love this great idea!

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3 postcards and pretties June 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

omg! that is so precious!!

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4 yvonne June 15, 2011 at 1:37 am

how did you get the letter cut out so cleanly? the silhouette machine? is it ironed on first?

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5 Anna June 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

very cute :)

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