Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Baby Clothes & Screen Printing Stencils
I went to a good friend's baby shower last weekend, so I can finally share what I made. Although if you follow me on Instagram, there were a few sneak peaks.
This isn't the first time I've used these particular patterns even in this size, but it always amazes me how small newborn baby clothes are. How on earth will a human being fit in them!
The shirt didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. Part of which was definitely the machine I used. My sewing machine died on me recently. (I may need to hold a memorial service for it.) Fortunately my Mom was able to gift me her old machine to use until I'm able to get a new sewing machine. BUT this machine has few of the bells and whistles I'm used to. I prefer to use a double needle to sew knits. And there's no second spindle to hold a second spool of thread. I kind of made do, but it wasn't great and required a bit of finagling. So when I might have taken out a seam and redone it, I chose not to, because I didn't want to sew more than necessary. Also, I must have stretched out the neck when I sewed on the edging, or attached the front and back at the shoulders incorrectly. Either way, I didn't realize it until was far too late to fix, without practically starting over. My last shirt from this pattern turned out much better.
The pants pattern is a free pattern from The Allison Show.
The shirt pattern is from Small Dream Factory and comes in sizes all the way up to 2T.
I also bought a pack of newborn onesies to screen print on. Because I had a few ideas I wanted to print.
I LOVE how they turned out. The bunny was probably the most difficult to draw, cut out, and print. I won't be recreating it, because I didn't end up with a clear print even once, but I still like it. The bear and the mountain scene were comparatively easier. I've included a pdf of them at the bottom of this post that you're welcome to print out and use to make your own screen printing stencils from. They would both work with my screen printing kit (available for sale in my etsy store).