Saturday, November 15, 2014

Owl Outfit

I made a cute outfit for my newborn for Halloween, but it would make a cute outfit for any newborn photo shoot.  (By the way, I’ve pixelated my baby’s face to discourage breach of copyright and inappropriate use.)

 AnnaVirginia Fashion: Owl Outfit

The owl hat is made using a pattern that I’m writing (it’s been in the works for a few years, but it’s finally progressing! Hopefully I’ll be able to publish it in the next few months).  I love the giant eyes on it!

AnnaVirginia Fashion: Owl Outfit

For the “feathers” I made a short wrap/blanket.  The feathers are made in a pretty new technique called “crocodile stitch.”  It’s a little bit tricky and slightly time consuming, but it makes an impressive piece.  You can learn how to do it at Lost and Found Lane.  To wear the “feathers,” I just wrapped the blanket around my baby so that the folded-over part is in back.  Isn’t she adorable?

AnnaVirginia Fashion: Owl Outfit

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Baby Mittens DIY

Have you ever noticed that babies have scratchy little fingernails?  And yet their nails are soft, so they are hard to trim.  A helpful solution are baby mittens!  And they are cuter than the socks I kept on my two first kids, hah.  But I’ve had a hard time finding any at the store, so I decided to make my own.  This way I used some scrap fabrics I had and upcycled a couple old t-shirts.  I used a handy tutorial provided by Speckled Owl StudioFollow this link to access the instructions!
Baby Mittens DIY - AnnaVirginia FashionBaby Mittens DIY - AnnaVirginia Fashion
Here’s how mine turned out; I think they are cute!
Baby Mittens DIY - AnnaVirginia Fashion
The white pair are made with woven cotton rose fabric for the outside, yellow flannel for the lining, and old t-shirt rib knit for the bands.
Baby Mittens DIY - AnnaVirginia Fashion
The teal pair are made with rosebud flannel, yellow flannel for the lining, and old t-shirt rib knit for the bands.
Baby Mittens DIY - AnnaVirginia Fashion
The pink and black pair are made with woven cotton gingham check, thick stretch knit for the lining, and a thin stretch knit for the bands. 
I think the tutorial does a great job explaining how to piece together these tiny creations.  The hardest part was sewing everything together, mainly because the seam is so narrow, but you want them narrow enough for a baby’s wrist.  I highly recommend this pattern!