Amy Butler Liverpool Dress – the collar
In the months leading up to the birth of Baby C I made lots of things. I felt like suddenly I belonged to the great lineage of women who sew for their children. Like stepping into a wide rushing river – swoosh! I was swept away by the joy of it. I pretty much finished everything I wanted to make except for a quilt (tall order anyway- I was still working) and my Amy Butler Liverpool Dress that I thought would be perfect for breastfeeding. Unfortunately I just got too big to sit at the machine AND overwhelmed when I got to the instructions for the collar.
Now this is really silly. I’m no super seamstress but I can follow a pattern and do things like collars. But the pattern just overwhelmed me. I have rule about finishing projects before I start new ones and seeing as I’m about to embark on a really big project I need to finish this. But how to counteract overwhelm? For me i’ve figured out the best way is to lay it all out neatly, make a cup of tea and take it real slow. Break the instructions down to teeny tiny steps. If that fails then look online for tutorials. So this is my next goal: finish that dress!
As it turns out I’ve probably made it a size to large – was expecting to have more baby weight than I do at this stage. So when I’m done I’ll keep it as a reference piece which makes me feel very grown up in a sewing kind of way.
I love recycling stuff. I wanted to make baby C a cushy blanket rug thingy as we have concrete floors. From my fab stash of flannelette I made this and it’s been so excellent. It’s got a denim backing and a zipper on the back for easy removal and washing. Man babies do spew alot. Spew Spew Spew giggle spew spew..you get my drift. I sized it to fit an old woollen duvet I had lying around. Folded in 1/4’s it’s the perfect insert, nice and comfy.
I have to admit to being driven half mad by this pattern, prob cause i was getting pretty pregas by then and it was getting harder and harder to get close enough to the sewing machine . Ha ha. I’ve read that Amy Butler patterns aren’t for the faint hearted and having made a few i think on balance that’s pretty true. But they are great and so is the nappy bag. I left out the final inside pockets for water bottles as i wanted the extra pocket room that that provided. I also made an extra drawstring baggy for inside the big bag to use for extra clothes. I tend to use that alot on its own when out and about in the pram but the nappy bag comes with to parties and picnics.
I wanted a portable change mat for Peppercorn that had a little more padding so i made this pink one and then improved on it and made the green one for a friend with an inside pocket.
I hadn’t used laminated fabric before so this was a learning curve. I found another great tutorial on you tube and following that (putting sticky tape on my machine foot and just under the foot) it was easy peasy. So satisfying to learn something new and work with a new type of material.
Taking advice from an online mama, i made 20 (yes!) burb cloths in case my baby turned out to be a puker. Yay for me, he was and these were excellent.
So the science goes like this:
These babies are double sided and shaped to go nicely over your shoulder. Flannelette doesn’t slip so easily off ya jamy’s. On the reverse side is a plain old white cloth nappy – nice and absorbent.
I bought four types of flannelette from Quilt Home, yum yum.
I’ve been looking for the link to the tutorial i used but i can’t find it, shame on me, will do better next time and make sure i tag it right.
Last year when i found out i was preggas with my son I went into a kind of sewing mania. My grandmother and mother both taught me to sew ( i still sew on the machine my nan bought me 25 years ago) and it was the most coolest thing in the world to sew for my baby. It felt like i was suddenly a part of a long and ye olde tradition. I love ye olde traditions. Anyhoo, for my first blog posts want to document some things i made.