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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sailor Wear

The story I heard was that five years after having twins and then selling all their baby stuff (phew! done with that stage of our life!), guess what, our neighbors are having a boy. I made this little outfit for the shower. Last year, I made the same outfit in the same fabrics for my cousin's baby. Those little shorts take less than half a yard.

I'm glad I'd made it before since I started stitching the outfit the night before the party: put the kids in bed and started interfacing. 4 frenetic hours later I had an outfit, minus the shirt buttons. I've never timed a project before. If I paid myself $10 an hour, that'd be more than $40 for the outfit. Plus the 2 bibs I dug out of my bib stash. Do you ever do a labor calculation on the things you make? [Truly, I do it only because I enjoy it. In this case, the project was a known entity within my skill set, so in my mind it still qualified as "hobbying", not a stressful item to cross off my to-do list.]

It was funny. As the mom-to-be opened the gift, everyone exclaimed about the bibs. "Did you make those?!? Wow!?!" Nobody said anything about the outfit, hehe.

Sources:
Fabrics from fabric.com.
Trim from JoAnn.
Skipper Sailor Shirt (Ottobre 3-2009-13)
Ahoy Baby Shorts (Ottobre 3-2009-14)

12 comments:

  1. Very cute outfit! I make bibs with sleeves and a collar etc. for baby gifts and they always seem to be a big hit as well. I guess people like bibs?

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  2. Yeah, that's like the "great buttons!" response. I didn't make the buttons. (But I am guilty of that comment too, as well as having received it.)

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  3. They always say if you get rid of all your baby stuff don't be surprised if you end up pregnant! That's why it's taken me almost 4 years to get rid of all of ours even though we've know we were done since BK was born.:)

    It's a sweet outfit...maybe they didn't realize you made it?

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  4. Raving about the bibs is surely because non sewing skilled people can imagine making a bib - it is still flat. ;). They can't imagine making a whole outfit. Due to the excellence of your sewing,they are probably imagining some frantic 4 hour shopping trip with tired and not necessarily co-operative children, instead of 4 hours of slightly pressured sewing. (Just let me tell you what your neighbours are thinking, because naturally I would know!)
    The outfit is very cute, I hope you see it out and about a lot.

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  5. Good for you to not say anything about the outfit. I probably would have ran my mouth--knowing me:) The outfit is darling.

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  6. I think kbenco is right :)

    Now, if you would sew that outfit in an adult size, I would totally wear it. It's so cute!

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  7. The outfit is so cute! I think Karen (kbenco) is right. I seldom calculate the hours sewn, because I only sew if I enjoy it.

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  8. That's going to be one huggable baby in that outfit.

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  9. I think the outfit is way cuter than any bib will ever be. It is a great outfit for a picture. The shorts would show off chubby little legs. Gosh, can you tell it has been a while since I have had little boy babies to cuddle and sew for.

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  10. Very cute outfit. That little sailor will look adorable :)

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  11. That's a beautiful outfit, even without the bibs;-) I made the dress version of this before, so 4 frenetic hours is good going.

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  12. That's a darling outfit, and I agree with the others who are guessing the non-sewing types didn't even imagine you had made it. I guess next time you will just make a couple bibs huh?

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