The conclusion? The bandanas need to be longer so there’s more room for growth around the neck (not that all babies are as chubby as Katie of course!) but the bib shape seems pretty good.
But that’s where I start to get unsure – just because I like nice wide rounded bibs doesn’t mean other people will……I guess the only way I can find out is to make some up and see what happens.
One other detail has been making me rather undecided. What to fasten them with? I’ve gone for velcro in these test ones as I, personally, find it easier with a squirmy baby and am happier to feel that they’ll come undone if pressure is applied – I think velcro does come apart more easily than poppers. I know it’s unlikely to be a problem but I prefer to be on the safe side. I think they can be more adjustable too if there’s a reasonable length of velcro. Then there’s the question of the velcro itself, the stuff I have found so far is quite stiff and potentially scratchy. Well, only one side is and if that’s put onto the right side of the bib and the softer bit sewn onto the wrong side the stiffer side won’t come into contact with the baby (makes sense to me if not to you!) – and I’ve found that if I cut the edges round rather than square that helps too and it creates a neater stitch line on the reverse.
I’d love to know your thoughts, if you have any that is, on the pros and cons of bib fastening mechanisms!
I plan to back them in the unbleached cotton flannel that I use on some of my baby quilts – it is lovely and soft and hard wearing too. The bibs that Katie is modelling have been washed a few times now, to test them out, and I’m really pleased that they will be tough and easy to look after. The question of what to make them out of is also tricky. And it is ever so tempting to buy more fabric. But I’m determined not to do that and think I’ll make just a whole variety from the fabric I already have – some bright and some more muted. That way I’ll also get more of a feel for what people may and may not like.
Now all I need to do is make enough to sell (along with lots of other things, but I’m working on a deadline towards the end of the year so don’t need to panic yet).
I do however have a deadline for other sewing projects. By mid-March I need to have finished the following (I’ll give fabric and pattern details for each once they are finished and ready for showing off)::
1. Dress, bloomers and bonnet for Katie (for my fabby cousin’s wedding – which I’m very exited about, but possibly not as much as bridesmaid Islay!)
The bloomers are actually part made (along with three others in the hope that we have a nice warm summer) – I have been delayed by a lack of waist elastic but bought some from my local sewing shop yesterday.
2. A dress for me to wear to the same wedding. I think I have decided on the fabric to use. But it is expensive especially since I think I’ll make the full length version of this dress – mind you, I hope it should give me many years of wear. And I will make a muslin first to check the fit – can I get away with just making the bodice and attaching a short length of skirt? Can anyone who knows what they are doing (unlike me) advise me on this? *There’s a very good reason for choosing this pattern, as well as liking it of course, which I’ll explain below.
3. Make the quilt for our sofa – I’m already behind since most people in the quilt along seem to have cut and started piecing already. Oh well.
4. Make some baby clothes for a friend’s baby – thankfully it isn’t born yet.
5. Ask Nat if she’d like me to make her something as a wedding present. She’s the big sister of my lovely cousin Al, who was married almost two years ago, and who I made a picnic blanket for.
6. I’d really like to make Islay this Sunki tunic but it can wait until everything else is finished.
So, I wonder whether I’ll manage? I remember having a list a bit like this for Al’s wedding and managed it all (well, their present was a little late but I reckoned it was more important that I turned up in a completed dress).
Anyone who has been up in the night feeding a baby will appreciate the irony of the situation I found myself in last night. Katie has been sleeping pretty badly and although I am only feeding her twice through the night (she is 4 1/2 months and definitely not malnourished….she could live on her cheeks alone for a week or two!) she has been waking up several more times – she goes back to sleep fairly well but it all takes time and effort and cuts in to my very precious sleep time. Anyway, last night I woke up just before 1am, by which time most nights recently she would have been awake 2 or 3 times and I’d usually have fed her some time between 12 midnight and 1am, but she was sound asleep. Yay…..except that I had far too much milk and couldn’t get back to sleep. I lay there, very sore, for another hour or so until she woke up. So, the one night for weeks that she slept really well and I lay there wide awake and unable to sleep. I can’t begin to describe how annoying it was! But I’m very hopeful that it is a sign she is going to improve a bit from now on (it is too soul destroying to think anything else!).
* Why does this pattern appeal to me? It has straps that tie at the back so I should be able to feed Katie fairly easily by loosening the straps (may need to make a shawl too). And why do I think this is important? Because when Angus was a baby I went to another cousin’s little boy’s christening in a lovely dress. And only realised, as his feed time approached, that I had no way of feeding him without removing the dress. Luckily for me, and everyone else, the hotel where we had the post-service meal was quite smart and had lovely clean toilets. There was even a chair in the corner that I could sit on. It is quite bizarre to chat to your female relatives while sitting in your bra and pants in a hotel loo! I remember having a dilemma whether it would be better to leave my shoes on or not and can’t now remember what I decided was best. So, there you go, I have learnt my lesson.