I love Japanese fabric. If I ever have some extra money to spend on fabric for me, I love to go to Miss Matatabi and see what is new, especially in the Nani Iro cotton double gauze. You may recall that I made myself a shift dress out of one of these fabrics a couple summers ago.
My sister is expecting a baby girl very soon, which gives me a great excuse to splurge on some of this soft and beautiful fabric.
I chose the Nani Iro Bird’s Eye and the Nani Iro Komorebi and was originally going to make two swaddle cloths out of them. Something simple and beautiful that they would hopefully use all the time. When I received the fabric, though, it was so lovely that I wanted to do something more with it. And, since baby cloths are so little, a meter goes a long way 🙂
I found the Green Bee Modern Baby Set while searching for a baby kimono top. I ended up making the Kimono Top (View D) and the Little Diaper Cover (View E) out of the Komorebi fabric and the Shirt (View A, short sleeve version) and the LIttle Pants (View F) out of the Bird’s Eye fabric. I found the pattern to be well written and very detailed in the instruction. This was my first experience with sewing baby cloths, and I have to say that it was more difficult than I expected. Everything is so small! The instructions did include little tips for making it easier to sew these little pieces, like pressing little waistbands and leg bands first, etc. I think that there may have been one image that was drawn incorrectly for the Kimono top instructions, when you are sewing in the facing. That was the only problem I found, and I may have been reading the image wrong. All the pattern pieces fit together perfectly, and I am satisfied with the end result.
I hope that my niece get a lot of use out of this set and hope that it is comfortable.