Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

It's no secret that, as a southern mama, I love monograms, jon-jons, smocking, saddle shoes and appliques. There are several stores here that carry all of these things and they always have the cutest seasonal clothing for babies. The problem is that they're super expensive, and while I love dressing up Liam, it just seems so silly to spend so much money on an outfit that he might wear for a month.

I am my mother's daughter though, and a true bargain shopper. We combed through the racks at the end of the summer, buying clothes for Liam for next summer before he was even born. I've got my eye on a few Christmas outfits now, that I'm watching the prices drop before I purchase them. And, I've got a list of local consignment sales on my calendar to pick up some cute outfits at a fraction of the cost.

One of my favorite stores has an awesome selection of appliqued t-shirts and onesies and every time I drool over one of them, I always think, "I'm pretty sure I could do that." So, this weekend, I decided to give it a shot.

I started with a bird applique, because it matches the theme of the babyshower I'm throwing for my cousin in April...and I was really happy with my first attempt! My stitches weren't perfect and I made the huge mistake of not paying close attention to where the fabric on the back of the onesie was placed while I was sewing, and I accidentally stitched the front to the back in one spot! So, even though I had to toss this one, it was great practice!

Once I had some practice under my belt, I decided to start on an outfit for Liam to wear to the Superbowl party our friends are hosting next weekend. I bought some brown pinwale corduroy fabric and found a football shape online...the rest was easy!

I decided to embroider his name on the football. (Next time, I think I'll make his name a little bit bigger, but I still like how it turned out.) I had some leftover fabric, so I decided to make some matching pants and a bib.

Doesn't he look sporty?! I'm thinking about making some shoes for him, too. Now that I know how easy it is, I'll make his holiday outfits myself! (Well, except for smocking. I don't think I'm going to attempt that.) Already dreaming up ideas for a Valentine's Day outfit...

(Special thanks to Liam, who took two great naps yesterday,
which allowed me to sew for a few hours!)


  1. Oh my goodness it's PRECIOUS!!! You are so talented and Liam is such a lucky kid. He'll have the best Halloween costumes :)

  2. Looks great - this came out great, hon! I love that you're so crafty.

  3. He is SO FREAKING CUTE! I may need to hire you to make me some baby things when my time comes. :)

  4. You amaze me, Stef. So much talent.

  5. That is adorable! Gee, he is growing up into a little man so fast!

  6. How long have you been sewing? What kind of machine do you have??? I love the stuff :)