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Deep In The Back, Under Several Boxes…

While digging through the stash, looking for corduroy and fabric for pockets, I ran across two sleepers that were already cut out and ready to sew. Really?!? After some thought, I remembered the sleepers. I remembered cutting them out and I remember putting them in a box in the stash and then I remembered why they did not just get sewn up.

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The first sleeper was made from a very stretchy blue fabric. I cut two sleepers out of this fabric over 5 years ago just before one of my nephews was born. This was back when I thought you saved time by cutting and sewing two sleepers at once. I had started the construction of one of these sleepers before it was shoved in a box and put in the closet. In fact, I even had the embroidery done on the front of it. The reason this sleeper was hidden in the stash was because the fabric was so stretchy, it was difficult to sew. I remembered that as I was sewing the first sleeper for the nephew, it was a battle to get the feed dogs to move the fabric through the sewing machine properly. I finally had to put the walking foot on to complete the nephew’s sleeper. After his sleeper was done, I just did not have it in me to finish the second sleeper, so it was tucked away into the stash. Difficult to sew or not, it was time for this partially made sleeper to leave its box and have it’s construction finished.

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The second cut out sleeper has been resting in the stash for more than 20 years. It was cut from one of the first pieces of fabric I had ever purchased. If I had sewn it up at the time, it would have been the 3rd sleeper I had ever made. When I purchased the fabric, it was the cutest baby fabric I had ever seen. I cut out the sleeper but then wanted to save it for someone special. I folded all the cut out pieces, the scraps, and a zipper I had picked out into a nice little pile and poked it into a box and there it had set until now. I smiled when I saw this sleeper and quickly decided that even if I wanted to save it for someone special, it still needed to be sewn up. So I got started on it. As I sewed, I quickly noticed the uneven cutting of the fabric by a very beginner seamstress. I had not known things back then like to place the cute character on the fabric on the critical points of a sleeper like the front chest. Things that I had fixed or modified over the years in the sleeper pattern were not there in this sleeper version. I laughed at the zipper I had picked out for this sleeper all that time ago too. The zipper was about 5 inches shorter than I like to use now and metal. I would not use a metal zipper in a baby sleeper today, but I guess I would have back then.

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These two sleepers are now both finished and out of the stash. They are now ready to be worn by cute little babies and with some tweaks here and there, I think they turned out great.

Thanks for the Memories

My niece recently posted some pictures on her blog of her kids in clothes I made for them many years ago. It is always great thrill for me to see new pictures of the kids. But to see them in the clothes I made is extra special, and it sent me on a trip down memory lane.

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The first picture was of her two youngest boys. She has 4 now, by the way. The older of the two boys in the picture is wearing a jacket I made for her oldest boy’s 3rd birthday, 7 years ago. Both boys looked so cute wearing the jacket. With a little reminiscing, I remembered the construction of this jacket. It was the first time I had made welt pockets. I did not want just patch pockets on this jacket and I remember reading about welt pockets in one of my sewing reference books.

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I remember sitting at the sewing machine hurrying to complete the pockets because they were coming to see us, and we were going to a local craft show at the high school. I remember hoping that the little guy would like the airplanes on the fabric and that he would be able to zip up the jacket by himself. I remember being concerned about the zipper because it was a smaller tooth zipper than I wanted to use but the color was right.

The second picture that my niece posted was of her youngest boy in a shirt I made for the oldest boy back when he was just one year old. All 4 of her boys have wore this shirt now. I am amazed it lasted this long. I made this shirt just after I got my very first embroidery machine. I used the scraps from a shirt I had just made for my husband.

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In fact, there ended up being enough scraps for two shirts in size 1. One shirt was embroidered with Mickey Mouse and the other shirt with Donald Duck. Donald Duck is my niece’s favorite Disney character so you can see which one the little guy is wearing in the picture. On these shirts, I put ribbing around the sleeves. Each time I see I picture of one of the boys in these shirts, I regret adding the ribbing. To me, the ribbing gives the shirt a feminine look and I have not added ribbing to the sleeve of a boy’s shirt since.

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I would like to thank my niece for posting the pictures and for taking care of the clothes, I made so that each boy could enjoy them and I could see them wearing them.  Now that she has 4 boys and the oldest is a tween and is becoming very particular about what he wears, I have not done any sewing for them recently. But, with as much as I love sewing for kids, it might be time to get back to the sewing machine and get some new clothes made.