Jun 212014

Before we dig into The Rambo Project, I wanted to share a little surprise with you all! Yup, that’s me…sporting quite a baby bump for someone not due until November. This picture here is me and our little girl Clover Rose expected this November.

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

I know a lot of you already knew about my pregnancy because you were either with me while I was showing, or you were with me when I was trying to confirm that I was officially pregnant (I’m looking at you Trice, Lladybird, and Clare!) But now that we finally got to learn the gender (girl!) I figured it was time to share it with all my virtual sewing buddies.

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

So since I’ve known about this new addition for a little while, I had plenty of time to plan my Rambo project accordingly. Since it was hard to gauge what size I would be ahead of time, I thought I would make something more practical that I could  use everyday instead of only when I was 5 months pregnant. A baby sling!

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

You have probably heard about The Rambo Project by now from all the other talented ladies participating, but just in case you haven’t, I’ll give you the cliff notes version of the story. (Click here to see the full version) My girl Erin received a box of turbans that were used in the movie Rambo III! These turbans were actually used so they have rips and stains and are different colors, etc. She messaged some of us around the web to know if we wanted to make something out of them. Believe me when I say the answer was a unanimous yes!! Everyone wanted a piece of the Rambo action…and really, can you blame them/us?

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

I started searching around the web for how to make a baby sling. This is my first baby and I have no idea about these things yet. Turns out it is very simple. I bought some sturdy rings from Sling Rings and followed the instructions on their website. I did NOT believe this was going to hold anything. It seemed too simple! Of course my dogs are ginormous so I couldn’t test it out with them, but luckily my parents have a smaller dog and she was more than willing to help me test out my new baby sling. And look! No hands! It totally works and Nellie (the cute white dog) was completely comfortable just chilling in it. I’m excited to try it when Clover finally gets here!

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

Of course, me being me, I couldn’t just leave the baby sling the way it was. I had to embellish it, with neons, and pom pom balls, and variegated thread decorative stitches…and of course couch some of my new neon pearl crown rayon that I picked up in New York at Pacific Trimming. Here is a closeup of all the stitching.

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

neon pink hearts, green pom poms, neon orange and yellow spikey squiggle, couched neon variegated trim from NY, neon yellow and green squiggles and more green pom poms

In order to do decorative stitching on a fabric, especially if you are using wide stitches, you need to use a stabilizer on the back to keep the stitches from tunneling and pulling. I used a tear away/wash away stabilizer that tore cleanly. You just stitch with the stabilizer underneath and tear it off when you are done…easy presto!


Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

Also, one easy trick I use when couching trim, or using binding is to put the roll on the knee lift lever and unwind it from there. Holds everything perfectly and works much better than trying to hold it on my lap when it constantly falls off and then the doggies try to play with it.

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

How about one last pic for the road?

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

I hope to alter some Lolita Patterns into a version I can wear for maternity because I am seriously outgrowing my clothes way too fast. If I do, I will definitely post how I modify the pattern so you all can make them too!

amity bow | Lolita Patterns


  17 Responses to “Surprise! and The Rambo Project”

  1. WOW Amity! congratulations!!!

  2. Congratulations on the baby! I love it when my blogging friends are pregnant!

  3. Congratulations Amity,that’s lovely and I’m so happy for you and hubby. Her name is adorable too!

  4. AHHHHH AMITY OMG!! That is such AWESOME news, I am so excited for you and your growing little family!! You are going to be such an amazing mama! Congratulations!! I look forward to more months of baby bump pictures (+eventual baby pictures, yay!) 😉

  5. Congratulations! Your sling is beautiful. My favorite Rambo project!

  6. Congratulation! How exciting! You will love sewing for your little one and with your talent she will be another fashionista.

  7. Congratulations Amity! So delighted for you! And excellent project choice for this fabric!

  8. Congratulations Amity! This is the perfect use for your Rambo fabric!!

  9. Congratulations!! What exciting news! :) And I love the cute dog in the sling – a great baby stand-in.

  10. Congrats Amity, that’s so exciting!!!

  11. Wow! Congratulations!!!!!! That’s so exciting!!!

  12. Such exciting news! I just loved using a sling to carry my babies- so much better than lugging around an infant carseat all the time. I love the embellishments you added.

  13. congratulations Amity, such exciting news! I can’t believe you managed to get a dog in a sling, clearly much better behaved than any dog I know…..

  14. a girl!!! yippie, little amity wear!!!

    this has got to win for the most reverso world use for rambo, period. AWESOME. and now i want to decorate mine more!!

  15. Congratulations, awesome news!!!

  16. Congrats on the bambina!

  17. Wow, congrats on your pregnancy. And the baby sling was a very practical idea. It looks great.

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