Aunt Emily

Emily Bowyer Hammel was my father's older sister. She was the dearest person I've ever known. Over several adolescent summers, she patiently taught me how to sew and how to cook. I loved her. Sadly, she has been gone these few years and I miss her very much. However, I am carrying on her legacy of sewing and trying to carry on her legacy of caring.

Wednesday, September 30

Jennifer's Baby

It has been a few weeks, but I am back to post now. I've had a crazy August and a hectic September, but tomorrow starts October and I am hopeful things will settle down. Hopeful I tell you!

My first batch of sewing was to make baby things for my niece's little guy, who should be here by the end of October. I used an out-of-print Butterick pattern from 2000. The photo below is the clearest I have of the design, as I was in a hurry to wrap things up - and forgot to take photos!

So these photos are from the shower itself. It was a beautiful day, and a great setting for the shower. Jennifer got a lot of things, but I was the only one to make what I gave, and my mother was the only other guest to offer a hand-made gift. She purchased a sweater, hat and bottee set that was hand-knit by one of her local senior citizens at a craft day.

I used the out-of-print pattern to make a one-piece pajama with a matching hooded jacket (photo on left). You can't tell, but I used the left overs from one of the minky caftans I made over the winter ( ). I had to do some creative cutting, but it felt good to re-use what would otherwise be leftovers. The second set was a baby bunting from a McCall's pattern - I made it with a light blue/aqua/white print and a dark blue solid fleece (center and right photo). It was the "bag", a hat with bunny ears and a fringed fleece blanket.

Then there was a set with the rubber ducky flannel (shown as first photo, above, and below) which was made up of a onesie pajama and a matching blanket. Not shown was a solid blue rib knit pajama.

The fourth set was a flannel bunting with two matching larger blankets.

And finally, since the baby is due on October 24 or 25, I wanted to be sure he had a Halloween costume. So I crocheted the pumpkin hat and bib below. The face on the pumpkin made from black craft felt.

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