I think I started sewing little newborn clothes within a week or two of finding out we were expecting again. Perhaps because I had so much pent-up nesting instinct that had been disappointed the last time? At any rate, I quickly fished out some knits from the stash and got to work.
Gender neutral was my goal, as we obviously didn't know then (and still don't know) what the baby's gender is. I've also been inspired by many of the European fashions I've seen lately, which tend to be more neutral (so practical if you have multiple children!). However, I think my gender neutral tends to be a little masculine, so this little jacket may be boy-only:
I used the Little Kimono Set tutorial, reducing the size for a (hopefully) newborn fit. I really like the pattern, and anticipate turning to it again in the future! I opted for buttons instead of ties, which sound fidgety and troublesome on a newborn outfit. The fabric is heathered knit from a thrifted men's Orvis shirt. It's thick and soft and luxurious.
I also whipped up a pair of Tiny Harem Pants in a denim-like knit (thrifted women's skirt), which should be cozy for little legs. Again, the blue may be a bit masculine, but I think I could pair this with something feminine if we have a girl.
I had some small scraps of white cotton spandex, which needed just a little embellishment. After cutting out my pieces I set to work with a tiny star stencil and metallic gold paint mixed with fabric paint medium. The result is far from perfect, but I don't mind a bit of "character."
The pattern is Jalie 3133, which is a fantastic bodysuit pattern with lots of options. I modified the bottom closure a bit to suit my preference, and used my snap press to attach three white snaps. So simple, and very sturdy!
It's been so gratifying to do something for the little baby we are so eager to meet. I have all sorts of knitting ideas in my head, but I know I should wait until we know the gender (or everything will end up being tan and grey). With Little Man I followed the advice I heard to not buy newborn clothes, because they last such a short time. The result was that he was swimming in all of his 0-3 months garments, and I had to go out a buy a few items to get us through the first few weeks. No more! My babies have averaged just over seven pounds so far, so I'm going to indulge my love of tiny garments a bit and have a good stock for the coming little one.
Or maybe I just want another excuse to sew?
It could be that.