Pattern: Onesie Party, by BeauTiedAffair
Dates: September 21, 2014
This one is the prototype to display at the baby shower-I needed to know how difficult this was going to be to do, and I wanted pictures to walk the guests, most of whom had never done anything like this before, through the various steps.
1. I started with one of my previously dyed onesies, and looked through the many designs I had to choose from. I ended up going with a rather adorable whale. All of the fabrics had previously been washed and ironed, and I was using Steam-a-Seam Lite as my fusible appliqué, as I have really liked how it worked with the various quilts I have made over the years.
2. I traced the design onto my fusible appliqué:
3. Then, I cut out around the design based on which pieces would be going on which fabrics:
4. And then I reminded myself that the appliqué needed to be fused to the WRONG side of the fabric. This may seem obvious to many, but when working with batiks, as I do on the quilts, there generally isn’t a right or wrong side…so it doesn’t really matter. But with this type of fabric, there is.
5. I made sure to iron the design onto the corner for the colors I didn’t care about placement, so I could use the rest of the fabric later, but I took some time on where to place the whale, so that the flower on the fabric would work as its eye.
6. Then, I carefully cut out around all of the designs, peeled off the backing, and started playing with the placement on the onesie. I tried to place them above waist height, as I know the kidlet will be frequently wearing garments on its lower half, and I want the whole design to be seen.
7. After I was happy with the placement of all the pieces (and I moved them around several times before I was actually happy!), I ironed the whole thing in place:
8. In order for these onesies to survive actually being on a baby, the fusible appliqué material needs to be sewn down, so I pulled out my trusty Viking Rose, used the blanket stitch, and very, very slowly outlined all of the shapes on the onesie:
9. The final product, serving as a sample at the shower:
10. A preview of what’s to come-all of these onesies have since been decorated & are ready for me to appliqué! I’m thinking about counting each size group as one project, as there are 30 of them, and I want to see progress!