Friday, October 14, 2011
Gowns, Hats, Headbands and the whole shebang
Here are some examples of crocheted and knitted items that have been donated recently. I LOVE the sleeper sack on the top left and the dress on the bottom left. They are both perfectly proportioned for babies around 20 weeks gestation, and smaller by far than the small size gowns that we sew. The sleeper sack opens all the way down in the front and the gown opens all the way down in the back - very important when dressing wee little babes with fragile skin. Across the top row are two more variations of the sleeper sack, both knit, and a dress that opens all the way down the back. This size of dress is ideal for about a 22-24 week gestation baby. On the bottom row, the pink dress is beautiful. The skirt is a little long in proportion to the torso, which is a problem I see with many patterns, but otherwise it's great. Notice that the skirts on all three gowns are tightly crocheted. No big lacy holes for little feet to get caught in.
The last two items on the bottom row are buntings. These are ideal for 18-20 week babies that are not in good enough shape to actually dress in clothing. One of my angel grandpas has made several of these for me, and I love that I can tell the families that they were made by him. Notice the open rows of stitching to thread a ribbon through to help tie it shut. I have also at times added a simple square of flannel inside. The bunting on the left is beautiful, but a little bulky with the border. As I messed around with it a bit, I figured out that I can overlap the edges in the front and even thread the ribbon through the corners to pull them down and away from the baby's face.