I was so fortunate to receive most of my girl’s clothes as hand-me-downs. I hardly bought any clothes until Ana started wearing size 4T.
My favorite brand of clothes has been the Hanna Andersson outfits. I received two of them from a friend. Her daughter had worn them and Ana and Charlotte have worn them also. I was so impressed that they survived three little girls. I find that most of the other brands look really shabby by the time they get to Charlotte.
So for me, paying a little extra for Hanna Andersson is worth it. They are well made, modest and cute. I bought a few outfits on eBay but for me, it takes too much time to search and track auctions. So last year around Christmas time, I bought about five outfits from the Hanna Andersson site. They were having a really great sale and I paid $35 for each long-sleeve dress and legging set.
And so, as you can expect, after having several HA outfits make it through three little girls without a tear, Ana manages to make holes in two of her pants in the same week! Both in the butt. I’m not sure if she was dragging her butt on the ground or what! But I was not happy. And not about to throw them away.
So I patched them up. No sewing machine required. It would have looked even better if I had thread that matched better.
Also, the binding came undone on two tops. This blue HA dress is one that has been through three girls and is waiting for Eliza to grow up.
Fixed this without a sewing machine either.
I’ve also been working on all of these blankies. I brought the beige minky home from Florida to embroider Isaac’s name on it. Unfortunately, after I did his, I realized that the bigger font looks much better.
Most of the blankets are quite large at about 42″ by 60″. I put the names in the middle of the fabric instead of at the corner as is typical with smaller baby blankies.
I actually made one of these bigger ones for my dad for his birthday. A Grandpa blankie! Too bad I forgot to take a picture.