In no particular order, because Blogger is being frustrating this morning, here you go:
These darling little double sided flannel kimonos were made by a local women's group. I don't have a pattern for them yet, but will work on it, because they're a great size for 20-23 week babies. The hat and diaper makes an absolutely adorable set! They have just the ties on the outside that you can see.
I have been mulling over various fabrics, and we've actually been experimenting with quite a variety on our larger gowns lately, and I am inclined to look for a thin microfleece to try this pattern on. I did a photosession recently for a baby that had weepy skin (a very common problem with angels), and the hospital had a fleece outfit for him that contained the moisture very well. Regular thickness fleece would probably be too bulky for the tiny size gowns, hence the microfleece idea. A simple decorative blanket stitch around the edges would finish it off nicely.
tiny diapers, hats, blankets, and also some of the keepsake boxes used by SHARE parent for hand and foot molds.
We had a huge epiphany this month. In the past we have used little clear snaps as the closure device on the back of the gowns. They are a pain in the rear to manage - glue in place first, then hand stitch. I have old lady eyes that have a terrible time seeing the teeny little hole in the middle of a clear snap to stitch, and it has been very labor intensive. In the past, I tried sticky dot velcro, but it gummed up my sewing machine to stitch them in place. I snagged a package of regular non-sticky velcro a few days before sewing day, and we cut each strip in half vertically, then 3/4" long pieces of that. Two velcro fasteners on the back of each is about 10,000 times easier and faster than dealing with the snaps. Why didn't I think of this earlier? I don't know. I'm a creature of habit. Like I said before, we've been experimenting with different fabrics as well. Sateen type fabrics can be tricky, and one in particular we were working with was very difficult to iron. It looks fantastic at the end, but was time consuming to get it to that point. A drapy polyester fabric proved to need serging around the edges to keep the fraying in check, but was otherwise not bad to work with and the final product was very nice and doesn't wrinkle. The basic message is to feel free to experiment. Just choose fabrics that are not see through or stiff/scratchy.
If you're not aware already, the pattern and step by step illustrated instructions for this basic tea towel gown is available on the main Angel Babies site. Click on the "Patterns" tab. I need to go in and modify a few things on the instructions, but am waiting for my webmaster to get home from his church mission in a few weeks because I invariably mess things up when I try to do it on my own :).
This absolutely gorgeous gown was hand smocked by a woman in Wyoming. Every single person I showed it to immediately oooooohed and aaaahed. Beautiful craftsmanship. I am waiting for the perfect angel to give it to.
kimonos were made by the daughter of the talented smocker. The single button size is the original pattern size, and then she experimented with some other lengths. I appreciate having different lengths on hand for different sizes of babies. This pattern has a very clever little hole built in to it for the sash to pull through.
Last but not least, a couple of very talented ladies up in Idaho are on their way to me as I type this with this amazing collection of Diaper Shirt outfits. I nearly died of cuteness overload when I saw the wonderful details in the hats, and the coordinating sets. Great stuff!