Celebrate BABY—style and inspiration

As part of Delia’s wonderful NESTING series two months ago, I shared design ideas and baby inspiration.   Check out her archives for an explosion of great baby ideas.   And in case you missed my post, I’m adding it to the series here.

A few ways to mix up your baby’s wardrobe….
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UNUSUAL SUSPECTS
Something I love about baby clothes these days is the unexpected. Who said a little girl can’t wear blue?  Just browse the standard retail shops and you’ll find tons of interesting trends–like the mini Harajuku line at Target; many fun, unexpected looks. Other large retail shops to try: Crewcuts, baby GAP, H&M kids, Forever 21 kids.
And a few boutique-y brands (pictured below):
(Pink/mustard swimsuit by marysia swim store, metallic dots onesie by Rittenhouse, spring/summer line by Bobo Choses):
SIMPLE SHOES
I don’t typically put shoes on my kids till they can walk. Totally a personal preference. I find that the shoes are either falling off or (when the babe is a bit older) the child is kicking me with hard rubber soles. But if I do fancy a pair of shoes with an outfit (they’re just so cute! Can’t deny that), I like them to be simple and soft. A few ideas….
Coral and Tusk booties, I Think Sew boot pattern (photo by bad skirt good stuff), Mila Baby Shoe Pattern.
CUTE PRINTS
Bye bye teddy bears…hello whales, frogs, foxes, and geometric designs. There are so many cool, fun baby prints out there these days! Of course it’s easier to find them on store-bought clothing than on the bolt at a fabric shop. But Spoonflower has revolutionized that problem. Start browsing their baby section for ideas (or to purchase cute knits). And always rummage the men’s/women’s clearance at stores like Old Navy for cheap T-shirts you can cut up and sew into mini clothes.
(Fish Onesie and Owl Romper by kit and lili, flower onesie by Marimekko, DIY baby romper tutorial by Omi Creates).
OLD mixed with NEW
It’s fun to mix different styles and tastes together. And this pile of unexpected baby girl clothes totally caught my eye, by Nath at Mimi Mouse, for her little girl arriving soon. Click over for more photos.
COMFY CLOTHES
Above all, when it comes to dressing babies I really love to keep it comfy since all they’re doing is sleeping and eating. I guess I’m a “comfort before style” person that way. My kids rarely wear anything but rompers, gowns, onesies, and little pants till they’re out of the newborn stage. So avoid the stiff jeans and keep it cozy with soft knits and fleece.
(elephant onesie, chevron flutter dress, ivory leggings)
FUN ACCESSORIES
Of course clothing always looks cuter on a fun blanket. Try out Made by Rae’s Crayon Box Quilt. Or if you’re willing to invest the time, I love making Faux Chenille blankets. And chec out Aesthetic Nest’s Chevron Chenille version…..so cool!
Feel inspired?
Ready to sew?
There are tons of baby tutorials out there (and more being added to Delia’s Nesting series!)
But here are a few to get you going…..
TOP: Mooshy Belly Bunny by Chez Beeper Baby, Pea Pod baby carrier by Piccoli Piselli, Pom Pom Skirt by Kojo Designs
BOTTOM: baby cloth diapers 101 by very baby, Peekaboo bonnet pattern by Made by Rae (photo by mariiposa), knot baby hat by prudent baby.

Have fun sewing!

  1. Wow! Thanks Dana, these are great! I will have to get cracking on sewing of babygear soon!

  2. I love that frilly swimsuit…

  3. I need to find some pom-pom trim. I’m on a skirt-making kick right now for my 4 girls.

  4. Just stumbled onto your blog, and I’m so glad I did! I’m 11 weeks pregnant so this post is blowing my mind right now, haha 🙂 So excited to see such adorable baby stuff out there, and I can’t wait until I find out the sex so I can go crazy with clothes!

  5. I cannot wait to make the Mooshy Belly Bunny! So cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I really enjoy your blog.

  6. oh my all of these things are SO cute!! that frilly swimsuit is darling and the lacey tights!! ahhh so adorable, baby clothes are so stinkin cute!! and by the way, the picture above of your daughter are adorable, she is sooo cute!! so glad i found your blog, its so wonderful im really enjoying!! :):):)