May 24, 2012

A gift for baby

I wanted to make this Old-fashioned bonnet for my niece, who is about to have her first baby. Since her generation does not like to be surprised at the birthing, we all know it’s a baby girl. Her name is Madison Rose….awe.
When considering the fabric I would use, it dawned on me that I had this night gown. I wore it once for about 5 minutes. My boyfriend commented that it made me look like an old granny. It’s been sitting in a drawer for ever since. With the ruffle, the trim and the lacy embellishments on bodice, I figured it would be perfect for the bonnet.

I basically followed the instructions for the Old-fashioned bonnet, except (of course I changed it). Here’s what I did different.  In her photo you can tell that baby is not a newborn.  So I re-sized it, and followed her instructions up to this step.
 Step 4: Form the unstitched end of a tie into a Z (fold it in thirds) and pin it to the large rectangle about 1.25″ back from the decorative trim along the 16″ side.  Repeat with the other tie on the other side.


What I did was to fold up the rectangle (measuring all across to be sure that the ruffle was even from top to bottom), and stitch only the sides.
 Pinning the ties inside.
 I turned it outside in and pressed it with an iron.  Then pin the opening and the raw end of the ruffle and top stitch both sides and stitched the opening.  Sew close to the edge.
Per her instructions fold up the bottom, creating a casing for the back ribbon, pin and stitch close to the edge.
I centered and sewed the pretty laced ribbon on the front seam across the ruffle.  On the back seam I sewed the trim.


I know, I was a purty baby!


Now after it was finished I had no way to gauge whether it would fit a new born or not.  So I researched the average size of a newborn baby's head, enlarged a doll head pattern, printed off my baby picture, to make it more realistic, (hehe), I laughed the whole time, come on, that's funny. And this is how it looked, when I was taking the pictures for this post, my boyfriend come around the corner and caught a look of the baby face, and jumped, he didn't expect it.....I'm still laughing.  

I made this for baby Madison.  A romper with a matching bonnet 3M. For the bonnet I partially used Simplicity A2104 pattern and of course I changed it. I got the romper pattern from you can make this.com it's called  THE CHELSEA ROMPER SIZES 3M-5T.  What's cool about this pattern, it's downloaded so you can print it as you use it; and with it going all the way up to a 5T, I can make it for my Ella Bear, too.
Happy Sewing!
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28 comments:

  1. Looks lovely! You did such a great job! :) Love that first bonnet!!

    --kendall
    songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh I love old fashioned bonnets,I make some similar only smocked. Such a brilliant idea making it from a nightie. Cotton always looks so heirloom. Well done. Love the other little set too. Also what a beautiful name your niece has chosen.:)

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  3. Love it!!!! so cute :) great job... little girls are so much fun to dress :) These are just perfect! ~Bre

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  4. That is so clever! And printing out the babies face is hilarious! Wish you could have had a camera to record your sweeties reaction. LOL I always love a real good giggle, thanks! But it looks so cute:) Thank you for sharing at Katherine's Corner Favorite Things Blog Hop and I am so hoping you will share this at Freedom Fridays. Have a marvelous holiday weekend!

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  5. Thank you for linking to my party. I fixed the picture on my blog...too funny! I love re-using things for good. Great job!
    Gay
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  6. Hi Connie, so sweet of you to stop by and leave me such a nice note at Quirky Vistas. I'm now following you and oh, how I am in awe of people who can just whip up such creations. I've been known to sew from time to time, but there's so much upside down and backwards in sewing for me to really enjoy it. I admire when others have the talent. You certainly do!
    Liz

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  7. Those are so beautiful! what a great idea!

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  8. This is a great idea for my soon to be grand daughter. Can't wait to see her in one. I always had my daughter wearing one when she was little. Again thanks so much.

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  9. What a great way to repurpose that nightgown. By the way, I love the title of your blog.
    Stopping by from Sew Country Chick.

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  10. How beautiful!! Thank you for stopping by Crafty Moms Share and following. I am following you back. I also invite you to come share at our child-oriented link party Sharing Saturday. These bonnets and romper will be perfect for it. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. adorable, I love the nostalgia of these sweet bonnets too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop and for your bloggy friendship xo

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  12. Aww!! So sweet!!! Thanks for sharing! I am going to Pin this!!

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  13. What a perfect and beautiful gift for a newborn baby.

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  14. HOw clever and it turned out so cute! Love the picture :) Thanks for your visit and I'm your newest follower!

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  15. This is so sweet. I would love if you shared it on my linky party!
    Thanks Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html

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  16. What a lovely gift--made with love. . .

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  17. Perfect gift, what a creative idea. Looks so beautiful!

    Jody

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  18. I love how you added the ruffle to the design! (And your model is hilarious!)

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  19. What a darling bonnet! I love that you made it from your unused gown and your model was too funny! But the printed bonnet and romper is just too cute!

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  20. what a lovely thoughtful gift! Your niece is lucky to have you!!

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  21. Great way to repurpose that gown! Im laughing with you-- that gown came back to "haunt" him for that comment!!! He-he! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  22. I have always loved baby bonnets. You don't see them much on babies anymore but they are so cute, and I am sure your niece will cherish it.

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  23. Connie this totally rocks!
    Thank you so much for linking up in our Saturday Showcase this past week! We were thrilled to have you and hope that you stop back in on Saturday and link up more crafty ideas!

    Have a super weekend!
    Susie at Bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/

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  24. oh and I LOVE the name of your blog!!

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  25. I love the bonnet, but I like old fashioned stuff!
    I laughed out loud here about your boyfriend getting scared by th ebaby's face, LOL!!!

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  26. Thanks so much for joining in with my weekly Say G'day Party. I'm going to Google plus this great post and idea right now!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

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  27. Featuring you this morning on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Igottacreate/100573240032625?sk=wall
    Thanks again for linking up this beautiful bonnet!
    <3 Christina
    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
    Wildly Original Round Up party open.

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