I like to sew.
I love to sew for myself.
I've always admired those mothers out there in the blogosphere who lovingly craft clothing for their children. To take precious sewing time (of which there is very little to be had) and spend it creating something for someone else. Case in point: Kbenco. Have you seen the formal gown she just made for her daughter? It has a boned corselet, tulle underskirt, beaded hem and the bodice is made up of lattice smocking done by hand. It is spectacular. Absolutely spectacular.
Who knows how many hours she put in to it. I followed her progress on her blog. When she wrote her first post about the dress, I was not yet pregnant. I remember being in awe of the huge task she was taking on of making someone else's dream dress. I was in awe, but in the "boy, kbenco sure is a sucker for punishment" sort of way. I mean, the lattice smocking? Man, I can't get over it.
Ah. But now I understand.
Ok, so this is no formal ball gown. But it was definitely made with love. Can you guess what we are having? :D
I foresee plenty of unselfish sewing in my future. And it will make no difference to me. This little baby bathrobe is my go-to baby gift for friends. I drafted the pattern a while back from Winifred Aldrich's Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear. I've made so many of these in the past. Only this time I got to make one for my own baby. Normally it takes me about two hours to make one of these robes start to finish. I spent more than double on this one. I wanted every stitch to be just right, every seam to be pressed and even and every detail to be perfect. And I enjoyed every minute of it.
Can't wait to put her in it :)