The last project I finished before going on vacation was a small one: a present for a friend who gave birth to a little boy about four weeks ago.
It is a sleeping bag for babies, made from a (boy appropriate) printed cotton and cotton jersey as lining.
It has an in-seam side zipper and snaps at the shoulders. The pattern is from Burda magazine 3/2011.
I allowed myself a little joke and added my own "fashion label" at the bottom, the sort I only used for my husbands shorts so far.
I also cut out some single birds of the scraps and padded them.
They were made into a mobile later, hung up on a music stand! (Doesn't that look like a happy little baby?)
So, it seems to be an easy little project, right?
But. I had to face a sewing problem that is a really awful one for me, a sewing technique that I never got right in the past and with this project, it wasn't better.
I'm talking about binding the edges of the neck opening with jersey.
Like always, and according to the instructions, I first attached the jersey tape to the edge, then fold in the free edge of the tape and turned the binding to the inside of the sleeping bag.
It still looked quite nice when pinned:
Then I did the topstitching and as always the tragedy started. The jersey stretched out whereas the neckline didn't, the foot of my sewing machine pushed the jersey in waves that became bigger and bigger... I ended up with sewing the whole neckline without pulling the pins out, sewing over all of them (yes I know I shouldn't do that).
So that is how it turned out:
Not very nice, but acceptable for me. (My demandings for this are quite low, since I had only bad results with this in the past).
But the inside part looks really awful!
The seams are wonky and you can see very clearly where the pins have been.
Luckily, my friend who got this for her baby didn't care and likes the sleeping bag nevertheless (this is how you get to know your real friends!). But I'm not satisfied with getting results like that.
I have also tried using my cover locker for this, but that was even worse (the cover locker doesn't go around curves easily).
So, does anyone of you know how to do better than me? Then, please, tell me, I would be very happy about any hints!