Making a pattern your own

August 5, 2010 in General

So we have a new addition to our family coming soon, a little girl! It has been a DIYers dream come true getting the baby room ready. While my initial intent was not to make the crib bedding (Gasp! I know!) I just could not find the right set that just seemed to fit. Either everything was just a little too on the pink side or was covered in monkeys and elephants. Not that I have anything against elephants and their big ears, I just wanted something that was unique and really captured what I envisioned for my baby.
I stared with Simplicity Pattern 3795, a Shirley Botsford Design and carried that thing around with me for months until I found just the perfect fabric. I decided on some sweet small 20s and 30s retro prints in orange, green and teal. I loved the design of the pattern using three different fabrics and of course the jumbo ric rak detail was to die for, but I felt it needed just a little more.
That is when I started flipping through some of my old Mary Englebreit’s Home Companion magazines and was really inspired by the cottage/shabby chic/vintage look. That is when lace and more ric rak was added.¬† I added a smaller lace detail behind the layer of pink jumbo ric rak¬†and added a wide layer of lace to the bottom edge of the crib skirt.

One of the things I love about being able to sew is really getting the exact look that I am looking for.  Even if I find a pattern that is going to kind of work, I can easily add to it (or subtract) to really make it my own look.  So get out there, find a pattern and change it up!baby-room-002

Detail of the lace I added behind the jumbo ric rak

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