When you start buying a gigantic stash of baby clothes, you quickly discover that the garments on offer are a) ridiculously over-priced; and b) often fairly unexciting. As I’ve commented in an earlier post, good luck with trying to dress a baby girl if you don’t want to clothe her in pink nearly every day.
Of course, you do sometimes find lovely things at interesting craft markets – cute little hand-sewn dresses from funky fabrics. Steph – a woman with more craft skill than I can ever hope to obtain – made these three gorgeous dresses for her own soon-to-be-born daughter, and I’ve spotted many other lovely examples of sweet girls’ dresses in various places. What puts me off is the price that is often charged by those with enough technical savvy to whip up a little dress or two: we were at the Matakana indie market a few weeks ago and saw dresses similar to those that Steph has made… for something like $40 a pop. (That market is lovely, by the way – I’ve just discovered that it’s on again this coming Sunday, so I might have to see if Tristan is up for a little road trip…)
Felt.co.nz is also a good place to find nice home-made children’s clothing, but again – the prices! $35 seems a lot for a very simple baby’s dress.
I’ve decided that there’s only one thing for it: I need to get a sewing machine and learn how to use it. Fortunately for me, Tristan’s been badgering me to tell him what I’d like for Christmas, so the timing is perfect for a sewing machine purchase. And with my mother and mother-in-law visiting over the summer, I’ll hopefully have in-house tutorials available – hurrah! Just the ticket for those rare moments when the babies are sleeping…
I’m sure that my early efforts will be absolutely shocking, but hey! The babies will be too little to complain!