Bee Happy


I saw a bee today. After what must be one of central Florida’s coldest winters ever, it’s finally warming up. I doubt this is the end of the nasty low temps, but at least now that I’ve seen a bee, I can believe that spring WILL come. I’m buzzily planning Easter outfits for my grandchildren and wish I could buzz as fast as the bees.

A moment of contemplation…..

Today’s honeymaker sighting reminded me of this little Bee Happy outfit I made for my granddaughter, Laurel. The bright colors, breezy style, bee theme and sun hat reminded me of fun, easy summer sewing and I am surely looking forward to some of that.

A moment later….

The sunsuit is made of cool, cotton pique’, trimmed with black baby rick rack. The yellow gingham used for the Madeira applique’  hemline (not in the pattern) was repeated in the hat and bubble pants.

The pattern is Ducky Daisy Sunsuit from Wendy Schoen’s book, Creating Heirlooms for Baby. The pattern centerfold includes the sunsuit top, bubble pants and sun hat. It’s one of those fabulous basic patterns that can be embellished countless ways. Can you tell that I love it?

It has a sweet, cool open back which is so nice for our hot Florida summers.

The embroidery design was altered so much that I cannot recall where it began. The blossoms in the unknown design were deleted and replaced with yellow rick rack flowers. This garment was made just before Kari Mecca’s article on rick rack flowers appeared in Sew Beautiful magazine. I just whipped the points together, tucked the ends behind the petals and plunked a black button in the center. 

Amazing Designs Gingham 1 collection was the source of the embroidery design for the  bee path and text. The bees in that design were replaced with dainty bees digitized by Charleen Madsen. These are the tiniest, sweetest little bees. If anyone would like this design, just submit the request in the comments section. I have Charleen’s permission to distribute the bee.

I’d better buzz back to planning Easter outfits. Have you started Easter or summer sewing? Tell me about it.

7 responses to “Bee Happy

  1. How precious…child & outfit. If you are sharing the bee design, I would love to have it. I am getting ready to start making some baby girl gifts soon. The bee would be cute on the Bubble that I want to make.
    Thanks for a Spring reminder!

  2. Shirley, AZ

    I’ve long dreamed of making a “bee” outfit too so I would love a copy of your bee file too! Thanks so much! I look forward to each one of your blogs immensely. We’re not seeing bees in AZ yet, but the citrus blossoms are just ready to pop, in spite of the rain and cold temps.

  3. designdreamer

    Oh, that’s sew sweet!

  4. I have just found your web site. I love all of your creations. If it is still available, I would love to have a copy of the bee file.

  5. Hi Pat, I’m glad you have enjoyed the blog. The bee design will be sent out to you right away. I hope you find lots of uses for this honey of a design.

  6. Hello Janice, I’ve just found your marvelous site via Southern Matriarch’s blog. I am a new nana ready to sew for a new granddaughter. The bee happy outfit is precious. Would you still happen to have the cute bee embroidery? Fingers crossed.

  7. Ann, the bee design has been sent. Happy sewing granddaughter clothes!

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