Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Penny-Four

Some days I wish I could lock myself in a room with endless amounts of fabric and sewing notions and craft until my fingers are numb - but alas, there are other things that consume my time like dishes, laundry, diapers,playing outside, teaching, debating politics and why I don't vote, and the two-and-a-smidge foot tall fella who has me in the palm of his little hand. (Happy Voting Day to all of you responsible, patriotic Americans - my mother would be proud of you.) Every now and again I do get to zone out and create things for people I do or don't know, and here is what I've just completed:

The Penny-Four
(This will be it's name until the first little girl wears it,
then it will be named for her.)

I love it. Absolutely adore it. If it were my size, I would wear it today, but I think 4T is a little small. It's a bit hard to tell from the photo, but this is not a dress - it's smock-like and ties in the back, perfect to wear over a t-shirt and jeans in the cool weather and maybe just a pair of shorts in the warm weather. I believe multi-season pieces are a ideal for little ones - they grow so fast and kids clothes can be expensive, so let's make them last more than a couple of months.

I wish I had a little person to try this on, but I don't think Chris would be too keen on playing dress up with Noah. Maybe I will have to try when he's not looking...

I will be posting this one for sale on Etsy this afternoon - but if you or someone you know might like to have this one, let me know. I will be putting more together (different fabs) in the next week or so.

And a random thought to ponder: In order for things to change, they must stay the same for a while.


  1. I love it. It's so cute! Did you get tracking labels to sew into your clothes?

  2. Tracking labels? What? Are you messing with me? Tell me more...

  3. When you sell children's products you have to make sure you're in compliance with the CPSIA. It's a bunch of stupid laws congress passed after those made in China lead poisoning incidents a couple summer ago. Pretty much, if your product has anything synthetic, metal, plastic, including zippers, snaps, and buttons, you have to have it tested for lead. It looks like your dress is just fabric, so it should be easy for you. All you need to do is sew in tags into the garment that says 1) where it was made 2)when it was made 3) what the fabric content is (100% cotton, 90% cotton, 10% polyester, etc) and then you also need to include your company name and a batch number so if there is ever a problem with the garment the consumer can get back in touch with you and you can look up all the information about the piece. I've started keeping a notebook for each piece I sell listing the names of the fabrics I bought, where I bought them, and the fabric content. I also include any notes I have about the pieces like when I sewed it, when I shipped it, and the buyer's shipping information in case I need to get back in touch with them if a fabric is recalled or something.

    Like I said, it's pretty stupid (since the problems were with items from China and nothing made by hand in the USA) and a lot of hand crafters don't even know about it, but I would hate to be sued or something because of someone else's ignorance, so I follow the CPSIA just to cover my bum. And it's not like it's hard; you just have to get sew-in tags for your kid's items.

    There's a whole forum on etsy about it, I found this post, in particular, very helpful. http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6501452

    Good luck! Don't get discouraged!

  4. This lady sells CPSIA compliant labels. These are the ones I just ordered. You design them yourself and can even add a logo!

  5. PS- I don't know if I specified this, but it's ONLY for kid's products. So your tea cozy and your little zipper pouch are fine, as long as they're not marketed toward kids.