Oh I am so happy about these bootees! So happy in general, really! I love a blessing day and Tess' is coming up! It sort of snuck up on me though and I realized I hadn't made anything special for her to wear. She will wear the same blessing dress her older sisters wore--it is so gorgeous and hand made by my good friend (and unbelievable sewist), Margie (see photo of Audrey below wearing it a month or so after her blessing), and she will be wrapped in the gorgeous blanket my good friend, Sue, crocheted so lovingly for Scarlett's blessing day, so she will be dressed with love, literally. That is certainly enough, but I did wonder if I could manage to make something just for her.
These beautiful bootees are from the One Strap Baby Bootee pattern available in the Mon Petit Violon shop and I used Paton's Grace yarn in Natural (love that mercenized yarn!). It is such a darling pattern, and, best of all, they work up so quickly! Literally probably an hour per boottee. That is just my thing! I used smaller buttons than the pattern given the occassion but with larger buttons and different colors they could be fun and funky for every day. I'm thinking I need to make more because they fit Tess so perfectly right now.
Bootees are such a fun thing to make, and practical to wear (no barefooted babies for me), if you can keep them on their wiggly toes. That's always the challenge. I've found a few patterns that meet the criteria. These booties are pretty and they stay on so I have to add them to the list, if I had a list. I should really make a list: Cute Bootees That Work. Would be a great go-to for baby gifts.
The off-white dress Tess is wearing is one I made for Audrey when she was a newborn. It's from a reproduction vintage Simplicity pattern (3508). I love the simple shape. I used satin ribbon instead of binding and it makes a pretty bow at the back of Tess' neck. I made one in a little print too to go with one of the layette sets I crocheted for Scarlett and should make at least one more for Tess to wear in the spring although next time I want to add more fullness. (The cut of the dress isn't as full as it appears in the pattern illustration.) I would love it billowy around her legs.
Now I'm going to see if I can finish a little bonnet to match these bootees in time for Sunday. I making up the pattern, so I never know. If it doesn't work she can wear the bonnet I made for Scarlett's blessing day. That would be fun too.