Fall is in the air here, and I spent the weekend digging through years of memories in the form of clothes. I got particularly teary-eyed over some bits of clothing that I sewed for a much littler Gianna that now fit Gladys, and, if you don’t mind, I would like to share these old photos of them.
I have always loved Robeez-style baby shoes, but they didn’t fit into our “gazelle intense” budget! Happily, I discovered the world of internet-shared sewing tutorials. The “Soft Baby Shoes” above are made from scrap fabric and the sole of an old slipper. After that success, my sister than found me a bag of scrap leather and I made another pair of baby shoes.
It was also back then that I discovered the site Make Baby Stuff and tried to make Gianna some pants. At that time, I was not very excited about how they turned out, but I am so glad I hung on to them. I was being a silly perfectionist of a seamstress. I think I’ve learned to relax about such things now. I mean, what is wrong with these pants? nothing. silly, Jodi.
This dress is my favorite though, and I wish I still had it. The ribbon straps frayed to pieces and I threw it away. So sad.
I am very proud to say I designed it myself – drafting the bodice by trial and error. A lot of trials and a lot of errors. 🙂 It was totally worth the effort though. That big fat bow on such a little girl makes me giddy.
I think I will have to make version 2.0 of this dress next spring. Don’t you think?
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have another baby girl to cuddle before she grows up too fast.
Karen Chockley Mitzel says
Awwwww… so much cuteness!! In case you haven’t heard it enough lately, you’re just so darn talented and quite possibly the sweetest mom ever! Puts the rest of us to shame 🙂 Keep it up!!
You are so sweet to me, Karen. I hope I put no one to shame. 🙂
While I did sew for my boys, it is much more fun to sew for my new granddaughter! You’ve given me some new ideas!
Kate P. says
Those clothes are so adorable, but the shoes! They rock my world! 🙂 I get excited just buying little soft shoes… I can’t believe you can make them! So impressive…
There are some people who make shoes FOR THEMSELVES. Now THAT impresses me. 🙂
Karen LePage says
I love it, Jodi!
Yes, the girls need some pretty clothes this spring. Just remember the horrors of perfectly matching clothes, for the second sister, who has to grow in to them. And poor third sister in your birth family, who wore the same matching outfit THREE SEPARATE YEARS until she got up the nerve to explain this properly to mom. That which does not kill you, gives you a stronger sense of self and good taste- I guess! nini
Hi i am so impressed with your baby shoes.ve the shoes so much. I am willing to make a pair of shoes for my baby nephew and niece as a gift. However I dont know where to start. is there any tutorial tips, website as of how to make baby shoes from you? Thanks
I tried another pattern here: https://sewfearless.com/2013/10/14/leather-soled-baby-shoes/