2015-03-13

Baby Shower

Today is going to be a happy day. 

We'll be making a friend cry, but in a good way, I promise. It is a surprise baby shower for Patrícia. She is such a sweet, attentive, loving and generous person. Remember our last group post, when we all shared the things we made for charity? Then you might also remember that she was the one that got us all sewing those things. Our dear friend is expecting her second child, another girl. We couldn't have it any other way, so get ready to see all the goodies everyone made, not only for the little princess but also for her bigger sister, because bigger sisters deserve some extra love too.


Let me start with the little one. And the little secret I have been hiding from you. Back to KCW in February, I told you I had started two little dresses. I didn't show them back there, because they were both gifts for friends that read this blog. They were both Geraniums. I shared the first one here, and today I can finally show you the second one. If I kept it more neutral for the first one, for the second I went all colourful, because Patrícia is someone who brings color and positive feelings to me. And I wanted that for her little one too. 


I used this scrap of fabric I bought last year. It was one of the few fabrics I got into my stash, one of those to use in very special projects. I figured a new born would be a good excuse to use it, and so I did. for the lining I used a scrap of a white cotton sheet, I always have them for these little projects.

I skipped pockets in this one too. And the only details I added was the blue ric rac on the collar. I used snaps to close the dress on the back. I wasn't sure if I'd use the pink or blue (like the ric rac), but the blue kinda died next to the owls, and a princess is a princess, so pink it is. I actually though about using velcro tape (nastra tape?!), but I got my new pliers just in time for the snaps. They are perfect to use in babies clothes.


Because it was a newborn dress, I wanted to be extra careful with the seams, so no seam is showing unfinished in this dress. I could have tuckled the waist seam under the bodice, but I forgot... yes, I forget... and because I was lazy to unpick it, I had to come up with a different solution, so I covered the seam, sewing a cotton tape over it. Hence the two rows of stitches in the waist. The bodice was lined so I didn't have any special cares with the seams, but when it comes to the skirt, I used french seams. I finished the skirt with a regular hem.



And now that I've said all I had to say about the little one's dress, let's move on into the big sister's gift. I made her a baby doll pocket sling. Just like the ones I make for real mammas, but in a kids size, of course. This idea actually came from my G. She loves to wear her baby just like I wear her brother. She feels so happy and proud when we are both walking our babies in a sunny day. I figured, what little girl wouldn't feel that?! And I knew Patrícia was looking to get herself some sort of carrier too, so it'd make perfect sense.

pictures show a great way to fold the slings (even the adult ones) to keep them clean in your bag. 
I used my daughter's measurments to make it (because I actually made her one too, we were using an improvised one). Although my G. is a bit older, I am pretty sure this might be close to C.'s size too (crossing my fingers). I used a piece of a very light cotton as the "lining" (it is reversible), it was originally white but I dyed it long ago, it is the same fabric I used for G.'s Bubblelicious romper, does that ring a bell? As the outer fabric, I used a vintage piece that I got from my grandmother. This screamed Patrícia to me, I hope I wasn't wrong, but most of all, I hope that C. approves it!


Baby doll courtesy of my daughter. His name is Captain Hook... yes, she said it is a HE and yes, that's the name she chose!!!

Now, don't forget to check what the other nice ladies made for this virtual baby shower. You will love it all, I can tell you.


Patrícia... because YOU deserve all the love you can get, I hope you liked our little surprise. I'm sorry that now you'll have to wait to recieve all these goodies. I hope you're not crying too much. 
Love you my dear, might S. come at her time, bringing joy, light and laughter to your family. 

21 comments:

  1. Ficou tudo fantástico, Magda, e o sling então! Adorei a imagem da mãe e filha a passearem os seus bebés ao sol. :) Perfeito!

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    1. Obrigado Constança!
      Eu fico mesmo vaidosa quando a minha pipoca me imita. Ontem era com o carrinho do bebé. Eu levava o mano e ela o "gancho" dela.

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  2. A Patricia vai adorar... Mas acho que quem vai gostar mais do presente vai ser a Miss Caracolinhos, o sling foi uma ideia TOP TOP! Tudo lindo!

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    1. =D Espero que sim, que a miss Caracolinhos adore o seu sling, foi feito com muito amor. Agora só falta mandar para ela começar a usá-lo que a mana já está quase cá fora!

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  3. Beautiful gifts Magda. And yes, there is no better excise to finally cut into special fabric than the birth of a new baby!

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  4. Que bonito Magda! E o presente da mana mais velha é tão original! Adorei... Até eu fiquei comovida!

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    1. Obrigado Diana. O presente da mana só surgiu graças à minha filhota. Há coisas tão giras.

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  5. Love your post Magda (although I did end up with some tears in my eyes)!
    I'm sure she'll love everything - the little sling is so adorable :)

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    1. Ahahah... I cry over anything, so imagine how I read all your posts too? It makes me feel so lucky to have you all as friends and do those things together.

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  6. O vestido ficou tão giro e feito com tanto cuidado!! O sling foi uma excelente ideia ;-) Tenho a certeza que a Patrícia vai adorar tudo e a C. também vai andar super orgulhosa com um sling só para ela ;-)

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    1. Obrigado Maria. Geralmente sou preguiçosa para fazer acabamentos perfeitinhos, quando não se vê, é chulear para não desfazer e siga em frente. Mas este vestidinho era especial.

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  7. Minha querida Magda, obrigada! Yes, I cried a lot, how could I not? What an amazing surprise, my daughters will love their presents and I'm feeling blessed. Thank you so much.

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    1. Minha linda! Há uns tempos, penso que foste tu, ou a Rita que me disse que pessoas boas atraem coisas boas! Tu mereces e não tens porque agradecer! I knew you'd cry, but at least those were tears of joy! <3

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  8. Tudo adorável!! Tenho de fazer um destes slings para a minha Madalena, ficou o máximo. <3 O capitão gancho é o preferido da Francisca haha vá-se lá perceber estas miúdas. :)

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    1. Obrigado Inês! Faz sim, levas uns minutos a fazer e proporcionas uma alegria imensa à miúda! Convenhamos que o Gancho nos faz rir, não é?!

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  9. Adoro o sling para a boneca, vai fazer as delícias de certeza! :*

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    1. A minha primeira ideia era fazer um vestido a condizer com o da pequenina, ainda bem que mudei de ideias, acho que assim ela vai gostar mais.

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  10. Lovely Magda!!! Both things! I'm sure big sister will love carrying her doll as her mother does! <3

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    1. <3 Thank you!!! If she loves it as much as my G. loves it then I know I made her the right thing.

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  11. This new born baby and big sis are getting so much wonderful things that it's just amazing! You all have done such a good job! That doll sling is a very nice idea!

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    1. I haven't stopped to think before, but they really are. If we put the pile of things all together, it will surely be huge... Credit on the idea is shared with my daughter ;)

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