How about we hear from Dana from MADE today? Yes! :)
This beautiful lady is expecting a girl herself and very soon. She's due a month before me but time will tell if she'll even make it that far.
So...I'm grateful that she was willing to round up this inspiration post for me today. And inspiration is what she does best. From her recipes, to her sewing tutorials, to her photography, to even knitting...this girl is nothing but inspiration. Everything she does, she does with style. Good taste simply oozes from her fingertips.
So let's hear it from her...
Hello friends! I'm Dana from MADE--a spot for DIY sewing and design.
I'm happy to join the nesting party since I've been doing plenty of that over at our house. Any moment now our baby girl will join the family. So I've been cleaning out closets, drawers, and finishing last-minute projects.
In my very pregnant state I don't have a tutorial to share but how about design inspiration?
I'm glad you agree (and thank you Pinterest for making that process a whole lot easier). Just a few ways to mix up your baby's wardrobe....
I'm definitely a girl that enjoys her pink. But something I love about baby clothes these days is the unexpected. Who said a little girl can't wear blue? Especially when mixed with metallic dots? Or how about mustard and purple, or hot pink with orange? YES.
Baby clothes don't have to mean powder pink and rubber duckie yellow. Just browse the standard retail shops and you'll find tons of interesting trends--like the mini Harajuku line at Target; many fun, unexpected looks. Other large retail shops to try: Crewcuts, mini Boden, baby GAP, H&M kids, Forever 21 kids.
And a few boutique-y brands (pictured below): (Pink/mustard swimsuit by marysia swim store, metallic dots onesie by Rittenhouse, spring/summer line by Bobo Choses): SIMPLE SHOES
I don't typically put shoes on my kids till they can walk. Totally a personal preference. I find that the shoes are either falling off or (when the babe is a bit older) the child is kicking me with hard rubber soles. But if I do fancy a pair of shoes with an outfit (they're just so cute! Can't deny that), I like them to be simple and soft.
A few ideas....
Coral and Tusk booties, I Think Sew boot pattern (photo by bad skirt good stuff), Mila Baby Shoe Pattern. CUTE PRINTS
Bye bye teddy bears...hello whales, frogs, foxes, and geometric designs. There are so many cool, fun baby prints out there these days! Of course it's easier to find them on store-bought clothing than on the bolt at a fabric shop. But Spoonflower has revolutionized that problem. Start browsing their baby section for ideas (or to purchase cute knits). And always rummage the men's/women's clearance at stores like Old Navy for cheap T-shirts you can cut up and sew into mini clothes.
(Fish Onesie and Owl Romper by kit and lili, flower onesie by Marimekko, DIY baby romper tutorial by Omi Creates). OLD mixed with NEW
It's fun to mix different styles and tastes together. And this pile of unexpected baby girl clothes totally caught my eye, by Mimi Mouse. Click over for more photos.
Above all, when it comes to dressing babies I really love to keep it comfy since all they're doing is sleeping and eating. I guess I'm a "comfort before style" person that way. My kids rarely wear anything but rompers, gowns, onesies, and little pants till they're out of the newborn stage. So avoid the stiff jeans and keep it cozy with soft knits and fleece. (Pink Sweater, towel romper, elephant onesie, chevron flutter dress, ivory leggings) FUN ACCESSORIES
Of course clothing always looks cuter on a fun blanket. Try out Made by Rae's Crayon Box Quilt. Or if you're willing to invest the time, I love making Faux Chenille blankets. And check out Aesthetic Nest's Chevron Chenille version.....so cool!
Feel inspired? Ready to sew? There are tons of baby tutorials out there (and more being added to Delia's Nesting series!) But here are a few to get you going..... TOP: Mooshy Belly Bunny by Chez Beeper Baby, Pea Pod baby carrier by Piccoli Piselli, Pom Pom Skirt by Kojo Designs
BOTTOM: baby cloth diapers 101 by very baby, Peekaboo bonnet pattern by Made by Rae (photo by mariiposa), knot baby hat by prudent baby. Thanks Delia for having me! I'm excited to see your little bundle of joy coming very soon. Happy Sewing everyone and enjoy those babies.
I absolutely love all the non-traditional baby stuff.
Thanks for nesting with me Dana.
Best wishes with these last weeks...or days! until your baby comes. :)