With my daughter making all these baby gifts, I decided to get in on the action, too. It's been awhile since I had the time or the inclination to make something for a baby. I have made baby gowns in the past, but they were usually from heirloom-style patterns. This is the first time I've made baby clothes from a mainstream commercial pattern.
I chose McCalls 5353, mainly because I love the criss-cross back. I remember my sister and I wearing little outfits like this (mine was a turquoise dotted swiss, if my memory is correct:).
I made the size small. Unfortunately, I did not read the sizing information in detail, or I would have noticed that a size small is for an infant that weighs 13-15 lbs. Oh well, the baby will have to grow into this one.
I used two matching cotton fabrics from Joann: purple with white polka dots and white with purple polka dots. I sandwiched white rickrack between the layers rather than sewing the rickrack directly on top per the pattern photo (although I think it could look cute with the rickrack on top, and it would be a little easier;)
Here's a view of the back (my favorite feature):
I also bought a yard of purple seersucker to make a light blanket. For once the fabric was cut almost perfectly straight, so all I had to do was turn up the sides 1/2", then another 1/2" and sew them down. One of the few things I made for my own babies was some of these blankets. I've always lived in the south, and this weight of blanket is perfect for hanging over a carseat while baby is napping, or for discreetly nursing, or for a light protection from the cool evening air.
Except for the hat, this was fun sewing. It's not every day I get to sew for a baby:)