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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Smocked Knit Baby Romper

83 with Fairy Floss on cover
This romper is so cute! I made it before Andy was born while on a sewing retreat with my quilt guild. The fabric is a soft, 100% cotton knit. What trouble it gave me going through the pleater! I nearly gave up. In fact, I had to cut out a new front after the first attempt resulted in several broken needles and ripped fabric. The second time, I pleated each half front before sewing the center seam, then "fudged" the join while smocking. This pattern is from AS&E #83 and it's called "Fairy Floss." It was originally done in pink velour for a girl, but I just used a different sleeve to make it suitable for a boy. The funny thing is that I made this in newborn size, hoping it would fit at the hospital. Even though I forgot how tiny newborns are, I knew as soon as I made it that it was too big for a newborn. Sure enough, it finally fits Andy, who is know a chubby little 8 month old!! I took this picture in his crib the other day and he looks so adorable in this romper. I want to have his picture done at a studio in this outfit, but I have to wait until we recover from our latest cold; it has been a miserable few weeks for us. Have you ever smocked on a knit fabric? I'd love to try again with the very fine pointelle knit fabric. Have a great day!!

9 comments:

Sara said...

How precious!!! I have that issue of AS&E and seeing your adorable rendition of this romper makes me wish I had made it for one of mygrands!!!
it is so sweet and snuggly and you did a great job on the smocking!!!

Martha said...

So cute. I have looked at that pattern many times and wondered how the fit would be and how the feet would turn out. Yours is adorable!!! Great job.

Jan said...

I've never smocked on any knits except for a premade sweater (did the one in AS&E about a year ago) and I've done smocked socks. In fact, I did a tutorial on my blog for beginners a few weeks ago. I've got a class on a smocked bishop starting Tues I'm teaching. For all your mishaps the romper turned out really cute.

Jan M said...

It is such a sweet romper! I am glad you persevered and completed it!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Thank you so much for your nice comments! It is amazing to have some of the most talented ladies in heirloom sewing reading my blog. I will have to share more smocking in the future; I have a whole closet full.

LMP said...

This looks so soft and cuddly! You did a wonderful job.

Piper said...

This is so cute! I will definately have to try this. AS&E runs so big, I should probably think this will be a next winter outfit for my little newborn too.
Love the pretty blue knit you used. Great job on this and thanks for the inspiration!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Thanks, girls! Piper, congrats on your sweet baby girl! I can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations for her (and Sydney).

MyNorth said...

The romper looks fantastic! I've got one cut out in off white velour but haven't got around to pleating it yet. So thanks for the heads up on pleating on knits and the sizing too.
Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

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