Baby Gear – Clothes

Baby Gear – Introduction
Baby Gear – Simplicity and Quality

Let’s get back to this series, shall we? I know it has been a couple weeks, so you might want to refresh on (or read if you have not) the introduction as well as simplicty and quality.

In case you did not realize this, babies tend to take a lot of clothes. A lot of clothes CAN equal a lot of hassle and cost, but never fear there are some precautions you can take to not go crazy or break the bank clothing your baby.

Used-

One of the biggest suggestion I can give in clothing babies (or really just about anyone for that matter) is buy used. I like the Duggars motto of “Buy used and save the difference”. The difference is HUGE! I can buy most baby clothing articles for $1 – $1.50 at Goodwill or other second hand stores.

Consignment shops tend to be a little more expensive, but also nicer. Shop around though, there is one consignment shop in town that sells very very nice boutique style clothing for very expensive (as far as used clothing goes). Also, know the sales. Consignment shops can have some crazy awesome sales.

Used is also more sustainable. It is a great example of reusing. Just think for every piece of clothing you get used, that is one less that needed to be manufactured for that purpose.

Gender Neutral Elements-

I like to dress my little girl as girly as possible and I dressed my boy extremely boyish, but there are SOME things you can go gender neutral on and reduce the amount of clothes you need to buy and store for your family.

  • footie pajamas and gowns, especially for the first few months if you do not find out gender
  • gender neutral baby legs to go with boy or girl clothing
  • shirts that can look cute with either a skirt or boyish denim shorts
  • Anything that can be dressed up to be very boyish or girlish with some additions
  • a select few “houseclothes”/”comfy clothes”
  • shoes – we have a few solid color unembellished robeez that could go for boy or girl as well as a few pair of moccinsons

Buy and Consign-

I do not do this, but my sister, Amy, is a pro so I will tell you a brief version of what she does. She buys cute clothes that she can then consign later for MORE then she paid for it. I remember one example where she bought a box of clothing for $75 off of craigslist, took what she wanted (which was quite a lot) then made that much selling the rest.

There are consignment sales where you can sign up to sell your clothing in exchange for working at the sale for a bit and a percentage of your profits. At a sale like this Amy said she made $160, which is more then she had spent for a year buying clothes. That was with keeping a lot of clothes in storage.

Versitility for Girls-

 

I really like to dress Natalia adorably, but I do
care about practicality also. Her wardrobe is actually very versitale and practical. (Ok, that owl dress is not pratical… but it is cute)

Most of Natalia’s outfits follow this pattern-

1. versitle shirt
2. really cute/great jumper or skirt
3. baby legs, tights, or underpants

as it gets colder

4. jacket or sweater

This allows to get a couple handfuls of really cute pieces, and extend their use through simplistic (sometimes also really adorable) additions. The “cute” piece is usually something she can wear over weather appropriate shirt and pant/tight/baby legs. This means the things I really invested my time and attention into (either buying or making) can be used by multiple babies and in multiple seasons.  Some of the jumpers are simplistic so I like to pair them with patterned babylegs.

Most of her skirts and jumpers are homemade or second hand. The homemade ones are designed to fit for an extended period. (Here is a tutorial of a VERY versitle dress) Most of the shirts are actually new (it is hard to get simple shirts in good condition used) and the leg gear is mostly either new (on sale) or homemade.
As she grows many dresses will be able to be used as short dresses, then shirts.
Versitility for Boys-
The same principles are there, simplistic versitility + a few really great pieces, but I don’t put nearly as much thought into what I dress Christopher in. I usually just go with what I find. Thankfully, his cousin is 13 months older then him so I get a lot of clothes from my sister, who has similar clothing preferences for little boys (button down shirts and cute jeans).
I LOVE baby legs for both Natalia and Christopher. For Christopher I have used them at home for quick diaper changes and potty training as well as when the weather gets colder to extend the use of his summer wardrobe by using them on his arms. I have done it the last three years. When he was still a baby I folded them in half. Natalia now wears those same babylegs on her legs. I would say that is versitiliy.
To keep the little guy warm while keeping his arms free I love sweater vests. I usually dress him like a little man because I like the look, but some of it (like the vests) has a LOT of practicality to it. Vests help extend a fall wardrobe to a winter wardrobe. Thankfully those are pretty easily found used and in good condition. 
Other tips-
For winter babies- robeez and botties stay on better then socks
For summer babies- let them go barefoot (remember simplicity)
Try and get quality clothes that will last for a while. This is another reason I like buying used. For the same price as getting a poorly made outfit I can get several higher quality outfits.
If you are having a baby shower and do not mind getting used clothing, say so under “gift suggestions”.
You can also write projected sizes with the season of clothing needed (0-3 summer clothes, 3-6 winter clothes, ect.) Sometimes it is easy to forget that if you are buying a larger outfit for a summer baby, it needs to be suitable for colder weather.
Keep your stored clothing well organized so that you can take full advantage of what you have.
If you find something REALLY great for a REALLY great price, get it (assuming you can afford it). When I was pregnant with Natalia I bought a brand new, very nice, coat for $5. I knew would be the right size/season if I had a girl. I also got some baby legs on black friday on mega sale. I did not know I was having a girl, but I knew they would make really great baby gifts at some point if I was not.
What advice do you have for the procuring of baby clothes? Feel free to leave links.

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Upcycled Ruffle Underpants

I love to wear skirts, and I also love to put them on my daughter. However, it is getting cold out now so I need something to go UNDER all her cute jumpers, dresses, and skirts. I do have some store bought pants, babylegs, and tights (all bought second hand or on sale) but, I needed some more. I was give a second hand sweater, JUST WHAT I NEEDED.`

Ruffle Underpants
1) Cut off the sleeves of the sweater
2) Using your widest stitch setting and a very narrow margin zig-zag around the raw edge. This will create the ruffle.
3) Use a pair of pants to help guide you to cut the butt of the pants. This sweater was really stretchy and I wanted the pants to be on the snug side, so I made them fairly narrow compared to my guide pants.
4) Cut the top of the legs off at an angle. You will be attaching the legs to a piece shaped like a pair of underwear.
5) Use the body of the sweater to cut the butt of the underpants. It
will be shaped like a pair of underwear. I just cut the front and back the same. Do not forget to allow for the seam allowance on sides and crotch, as well as a casing allowance at the top.
6) With right sides together sew the side and crotch of the butt of the pants.
7) With it still outside in, pin the leg (which is rightside out) to the leg opening. The hem of the leg will not be out the top of the pants, but the side.
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8) Sew the legs on.
9) If you used the bottom of the sweater to become the waiste of the pants, you should not have to hem it, just fold down enough to be a casing and secure with a zig-zag stitch. Of course, leave an opening to thread the elastic through.
10) Using a safety pin thread the elastic through. You are not really looking to make the waste smaller, just LESS stretchy. As is, the pants would just fall off. Sew the elastic together and finish off the casing.

Comments

  1. Wow! That is awesome Debra!!! I NEED to learn how to use the sewing machine I bought. Ha!

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