It’s the run up to Christmas (which I’m trying to make all my presents for) and I find myself with not one, but four new baby presents to make. I have a few newborn summer bonnets in my gift cupboard but they weren’t going to cut it for these winter born babies – especially as they’re mostly boys. Under my desk there was some lovely 100% cotton french terry which I’d ordered to make winter jumpers for the girls, and I figured it would make lovely, cosy baby harem pants. As I have totally forgotten how big newborn babies are, I didn’t try to resize my own harem pants pattern and found a free pattern at The Alison Show instead, which is to fit 0-3 months. I cut them a little bigger to make room for tights or babygros underneath and to allow for the fact that I’m a little late with one of my gifts. The pattern is simple and would have been really quick to make up if I hadn’t decided to hand stencil designs on them. I did struggle a little getting the leg cuffs on as they were so teeny and my overlocker doesn’t have a free arm.
For the designs (which I printed on after I’d cut the pieces but before assembly) I cut stencils using acetate and sponged fabric paint over the top.
For baby Rudy I made an arrow print design which isn’t supposed to imply that my lovely friend doesn’t know which way up her baby should be, or in fact that he is some kind of 19th century convict. The arrow idea came from reminiscing about being at art college (where I met Rudy’s mum and dad) when (if I remember it right) his mum’s beautiful drawings often had arrows (and ladders) in them.
For baby Lila I printed stars as I think the name means ‘night’. If it doesn’t stars will look great at Christmas anyway.
For the two baby boys whose names I don’t know yet – lightning bolts – which I like so much I’m keeping the stencil to make something for the girls with on the rest of the fabric.
Welcome to the world!