Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Blue Doodle Digitally Printed Hoodie

Blue Doodle Baby Hoodie (worn by Baby Z, 12 wks)

Baby Z models my first (and so far, only) foray into clothing sewn from digitally printed fabric. The drawings are my husband Masheka's sketchbook doodles, which I made into a pattern in PhotoShop and had printed via Spoonflower on organic cotton interlock knit fabric. The sewing pattern is the hooded sweatshirt from Kwik Sew's Sewing for Baby book. See my original blog post with full details and a closeup of the fabric pattern...

Here's another, sleepier shot:

Blue Doodle Baby Hoodie (worn by Baby Z, 12 wks)

I realize that dressing a baby girl all in blue will inevitably lead to strangers exclaiming "he's so cute!" but Baby Z couldn't care less, and neither do I!

Baby girl continues to outgrow her clothes at lightning speed--at not yet 3 months, she is in all 6 month and 9 month RTW baby sizes. And the way-too-big "foolproof baby hat" I knit her? Now a bit tiny:

Baby Z in her Foolproof Baby Hat

Baby Z in her FoolProof Baby Hat

My little Amazon woman!


  1. Awww, she is so cute! I love the hoodie you made! I have the Sewing for baby book too, and I may have to check that pattern out. You did a great job with your hubby's sketches.

  2. What a cutie pie! I read yesterday that you are back at work. In Canada we get a year - and I know how hard it is to adjust to work and parenting after that length of time. How are you managing? Is it harder than you thought it would be? Maybe not as bad as you were fearing?

    I remember the awfulness of sleep deprivation. I can only imagine it's a challenge to get through those work days :-)

  3. It is harder than I could have imagined. I'm away from her 10 hours/day including my commute. The worst part of my day is kissing her goodbye in the morning (practically in tears) and the best part of my day is coming home to her smiles and giggles!

    I'm so jealous of Canadian moms (and moms in most European countries too!) 12 weeks is like an eye-blink.

  4. OMG, so Cute!!!! Oh and the hoodie pretty special too!

  5. She's so beautiful! and growing so fast! Love the hoodie. I think it's so special since it has daddy's doodles all over it! Awesome!

  6. At first it is very hard. But as you go on, it will get easier, I promise.

    Is she in daycare or do you have at home or family assistance? My daughter has been at a great daycare for many years and she's totally happy and well-adjusted.

  7. My amazing mom takes care of her during the day!

  8. She is scrumptious! Those cheeks! Those lips!

    I agree that 12 weeks is totally barbaric. When I had my daughter I was working for a Fortune 500 company that was touted as "one of the best companies for working mothers." I had access to a private pumping room, and very high quality subsidized daycare. But because I had only been there for 11 months when she was born, I was given eight weeks of leave--and then only because I had a c-section!

    I'm glad you have your mom makes such a diference!

  9. What a gift, M! You can leave and know that your baby has the best care of all.

  10. She is sooooooo cute! and those little outfits are just darling!

  11. I'm with K-line on the barbarity of going back to work at 3 months (I'm Canadian too)... that being said, I was a student when I had both my kids, so I had no mat leave income at all.

    All that aside, that hoodie is adorable and the digitally-printed pattern is incredibly awesome! I think it'd be totally worth the money to have your own absolutely custom fabric print. I could ask a whole bunch about the process, but probably I should just check out the website ;)

  12. Going back to work after 3.5 months of maternity leave was very difficult at first. I was so jealous of Canadian/European/Civilized Country mamas, I could spit!

    But, ya gotta make the rent/mortgage!

    It does get easier!! Hang in there. My advice for working/breastfeeding/pumping mamas: Eat heartily. Also, bring a good book into your pumping sessions, so that you have something to look forward to.

    Meanwhile, your baby is at a very difficult age for sewing. I remember. I'm finding the toddler phase (while absurdly difficult in many respects) to be far easier for sewing, because Joe can just stomp around the house entertaining himself (read: breaking stuff) while I sew.

    When Joe was Z's age, I indulged my other hobbies, like cooking, more (I'd put him in a carrier). Breastfeeding mamas need good food, see above.

    Sorry for such a long comment! I'm loving the baby pictures!


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