if you know us, YOU KNOW! we love polka dots around here. so it was no surprise that this powder-blue, polka-dot fabric shirt would get a rave reaction from my husband. i'm not sure if i like polka dots because ricky likes them or because i always have... does it matter? regardless, we dress emily in as many polka-dots as we can.
so because i felt successful after making my first baby shirt ever, i naturally made another one (practically) the next day. This time i thought i would document the process a little more. although, i don't even know why i bother since i never take the time to do an actual step by step tutorial and really who reads those anyway? don't we just want to be inspired by the pictures? am i just rationalizing my laziness? why blog anyway? what is my purpose in life... No. i refuse to do a tutorial. (however, i reserve the right to make a picture filled step-by-step post in the future)
Step 1: birth the most adorable model baby you can. check.
(pro tip: this step takes the longest)
Step 2: make a pattern out of paper. you can do this by taking a shirt that fits your kid and literally tracing that onto paper. i kind of did that and made some adjustments/plans as shown here by my sketch and the actual brown paper pattern made.
Step 3: cut out all pieces.
step 4: assemble! i remember this part being more of a pain in my college days of making dresses for myself. i think its more enjoyable now because its on such a smaller scale. also, side note, i'm pinning this wrong in the picture and consequently had to re-do this. (seam ripping is also a lot less frustrating when the garment in 5 times smaller too)
step 5: admire! JK. try it on and make any adjustments. magically i didn't have to do this the first time but since i went a little "off the beaten path" with this one i did. I had to make the collar not so thick and lay flatter on her shoulders. i would totally make this one again and it would be way better- i think i might invest a little time in perfecting the paper pattern so i can make it again.
(can you say baby shower present? whose next people?)