Sunday, 30 September 2012

Guest Post - Sewing our Life Together

I am so happy to introduce you to Jessica from Sewing our Life Together Blog... What a great blog name!

Take it away Jess...

I am so excited to be here today. 
Like, really excited- like almost as excited as I am to have my baby boy... but not quite.

Hi! I'm Jessica and I blog to celebrate food, family, creativity and a whole lot of sewing at Sewing Our Life Together. I'd love for you to visit me there, browse my projects/ tutorials and even follow along if you'd be so kind. 
When I'm not blogging- or sewing, I love apple picking and laughing with the hubby and our little girl, preferably over a cup of hot chocolate. I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy now, and preparations for a baby boy are in full swing! Today I'm going to share the handsome appliqued onesies I recently made him, and even do a bit of explaining so you can make them too!

I LOVE how these turned out- but I cannot believe how long something so tiny took me to make! 
Actually, I think the tiny factor was part of the problem. Little openings in little onesies are difficult to feed through the sewing machine. A *trick* I discovered along the way is to iron the applique onto interfacing before attaching it to the onesie. This not only keeps the applique fabric from sliding out of place while you maneuver the onesie through the machine, but it eliminates the need to fold under seams for a nice finished edge that won't unravel.

{Tutorial} Remember, if you need to- you can click on a photo to see it enlarged.

To make this handsome get up:
1. Create your template
2. Cut your fabric appliques
3. Iron appliques onto interfacing
4. Sew onto pre washed baby onesies.

The tie applique is very simple to make. Here is a picture of the pattern I created and used. The tie is 7" inches in length and I sewed them onto Gerber sizes 6 - 9 months. As Gerber runs small, I think a 7" tie would be perfect for other brands 3 - 6 months. Ties certainly don't have to be perfect; different widths and lengths can add character and charm!
I cut the top of the tie away from the bottom of the tie and angled the top piece on the fabric when I was cutting it out to resemble more closely how a real tie looks when worn by handsome grown up men. (Just an FYI: This awesome material was once my grandpas shirt, but then he handed it down to my husband who wore it a couple of times before I decided it needed to become a baby tie!)
The bow tie and suspenders I just kinda eye balled, but I created this sweet little vest like so:
I began by laying the onesie- folded in half- onto a piece of paper and marking where the edge of the onesie was, where the fold was, and where the shoulder seam was.
I drew a tab out a quarter of an inch from the fold line so that the vest would over lap at the center and then I just eye balled the rest of the lines in.
Here is the template I ended up with:
Once again, I sewed this vest onto a Gerber size 6 to 9 months.

 I absolutely love it when little boys dress like men. Maybe this is because I was lucky enough to have had such wonderful male role models in my life. I couldn't have asked for a better father, and my husband is the most genuine, dependable person I know. I am certainly going to be encouraging my son to emulate his daddy, and he can start at birth by wearing this handsome apparel.
Thanks for having me today Danielle! 


  1. Wahoo hoo! Thanks for having me. Have a great week!

  2. Oh my gosh, Jessica! These turned out adorable!!! Love them :)

    ♥ Bethany