Embroidery. I've been on a crazy embroidery kick lately, and there's no help for it. Also, remember that appliqué rabbit-hole that I promised I'd fall into? Behold:
One of my best friends is due in September with girl-baby "C". Today was her baby shower, so of course I waited until yesterday to make this little dress. (OF COURSE.)
Becca on the left, and on the right is the fabulous host of the shower, Jenny (a.k.a. Wanna Be Derby Girl)
I monogrammed the dress (Heat 'N Bond ironed onto the back of the "C", then stitched onto the garment with zig-zag on my machine), and hand-embroidered two little owls playing among cattails around it the letter. The owls from the "Woodland Creatures" page in Amy Ray's Doodle Stitching: the Motif Collection. I free-handed the cattails, because I wanted them to look organic to the the design.
We went to Roller Derby last night, and I brought the tiny dress with me to work on while we waited for the bout to begin. Maybe Baby C will be a Derby Girl someday. :-)
TXRD Rhinestone Cowgirls vs. Las Puntas Del Fuego
I'm pretty in love with how this came out.
I made this a 3-month size, and since the straps tie and the top is stretchy, this will be able to grow with the baby into a tunic top. It's also machine washable (incredibly important!), since the fabric is simple cotton sheeting. There are not many things sweeter than a tiny girl in a simple white dress. It seems impractical, but the truth of it is: if there is a spill (and there will ALWAYS be a spill!), it can be very simply bleached out.
Here are the specs I sketched out for this size (posted here for posterity, since I am sure that I will need it again for future baby gifts):
Now I want to monogram some skirts and dresses for Daisy too. She's learning her letters, and would be thrilled to find "her" letter on her things!