Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Argyle Sleep Sack

The Little Miss needed an additional sleep sack—yes, she’s old enough to be allowed blankets in with her when she sleeps, but she doesn’t really have the ability to cover herself back up at night if she wakes up and is cold.  Sleep sacks are great, but since her sister’s seasons were different than hers (at least at this age), Little Miss’s toes are pushing the bottom of her existing sleep sacks.

When her sister was younger, I purchased a pattern and made one, then later made a lighter-weight one with some alterations to the pattern.  I made even more alterations this time, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

The zipper is random—I saved money by repurposing a zipper I had in my stash.  Also, the bias tape around the neck and arms is just random white fleece tape I had sitting around—I didn’t feel compelled to purchase anything new when I had enough at home.  So imagine that it is a fun, coordinating color.

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I have been trying to, every time I sew something, do something better than I did last time.  On this project, I finally have started to have some success with bias tape (though I don’t really know how to start and stop it—anyone?  A little help please?)  I also tried to line up the pattern nicely when I was cutting it out.  It mostly lines up near the zipper, which I’m proud of.  Of course, you’d have to be color-blind to think it actually matched, but the pattern is at least similar.

The pattern I used was Burda 9640.  It calls for a separate yoke, which I didn’t do (I taped the pieces together after the first time I made one—I think it is just to accommodate a smaller cut of fabric?)  Also, the original is lined, which I wasn’t interested in doing.  Thirdly, the sizing is absolutely enormous!  The top half (arm and neck holes) are, like, the 6 month size.  I cut the bottom to the 12 month lines, and it’s about three inches longer than my Halo 24 months sleep sack.  I think the first one I made was sooo long I actually cut the bottom off (several inches) and reattached it in a year when she had grown._DSC1637

And some pictures of the sleep sack in action (though a true action shot would involve it being slept in)._DSC1639_DSC1641_DSC1642

Sweet dreams, my precious little one!

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