ScrapHappy # April (making for Baby Viking)

Followers know that I became a grandma in August last year, to a bonny baby girl, who I have nick-named Baby Viking, because her dad, our second son, is known here as Daddy Viking.  Well, in true grandma form, I made some presents to celebrate the birth:  quilt, cloth book, crinkle toy, crocheted bear and a couple of bibs.  I then knitted up 2 very cheerful bolero cardies, as an excuse to get some practice knitting in February.

Since then, I have been busy at my sewing machine.  And using scraps for the first two items, so an excuse to link up with Gun and Kate!

First up . . . I made a little pinafore dress, using pattern NewLook 6970, and leftover fabric from a summer tunic I made myself a few years ago.  Buttons, came from the family button box, and I learned they were originally from the husband’s grandmother’s button box!  The husband affectionately called her “Bonne Maman” which is the title I have asked to be called by Baby Viking, when she’s old enough to talk.  How lovely, I thought, that as the newest Bonne Maman, I should have used buttons from Bonne Maman senior’s button box!  Meaning that this little dress was made for Baby Viking by one grandma, with buttons that came from her great great grandma’s button box!

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With the very last bits of the pretty floral fabric, a matching sunhat, using NewLook 6274.

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And then . . . worrying that the UK summer might not be as warm as a French summer, I decided Baby Viking might need something to keep those chubby legs warm.  Not to mention that she’ll probably be at the crawling stage this summer and those knees will need protecting . . . so, some trials with stretch fabrics.  First, making use of a free pattern by Made by Rae (but adapting the size)

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a sort of “sarouel” type of leggings, with (I hope) plenty of room for a nappy.  And then another attempt, this time to make a pair of 3/4 length, closer fitting leggings

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Husband kindly pointed out to me that one leg is longer than the other – thank you darling!  But I’m sure once they’re on (assuming they fit) and Baby Viking is crawling around, no one will notice.

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I thought they’d look rather pretty with the pinafore dress.

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Both “bottoms” were made from adult Tshirts.  The stripey pair, from one of my too small Tshirts that was otherwise destined for the Red Cross clothes bin.  The pink pair were made from a brand new adult Tshirt I bought in Noz for only 1€.   And, if you think the waist band looks neat on those, it’s because I used the original hem of the Tshirt bottom as the channel for the elastic waist band.

Anyway . . . here are links to other ScrapHappy posters.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki and Pauline

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15 thoughts on “ScrapHappy # April (making for Baby Viking)

  1. Adorable goodies for Baby Viking! And a great idea to use the bottom hem of the pink t-shirt for the waistband of the leggings. An idea I might just have to borrow as I’ve a great-niece that has just turned 6 months and therefore is getting old enough for me to sew for. =)

  2. What a sweet little dress.
    As for your resident critic – my husband does exactly the same thing.
    As for ‘bonne maman’ – so much prettier than ‘grandmère’.

  3. What a lucky baby! These items are adorable and the idea of using buttons from one special bonne maman on a dress made another is genius–love those sentimental touches!

  4. A very cute outfit – or more accurately, several outfits! Such a pretty pinafore dress, and lovely buttons should always be handed down. Who knows, but Baby Viking may end up passing them down to her own granddaughter…

  5. Going to be the best dressed baby girl in the UK, and if we are still in the EU, why best dressed babe in the WHOLE of Europe. And you are a fabulous Bonne Maman, how lovely to use the heritage buttons.

    • Viking parents sent me a pic of the hat, which sadly is too small. Don’t think they’ve even tried the other clothes on her yet.

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