Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bitty Baby Bootie Reveal

There are times when you know it's time to push. January was my month to hit the ground running… AND. I. DID!!

I kicked off the year with my full "official" month dedicated solely to belle&beanzer business. I can't describe what an amazing month it's been. Every day I wake excited to begin, to see what I'll get done to be seated at the front row watching and on stage doing

One of my goals was to learn to make my own patterns and sew them myself. Knowing how my line is made goes a long way with communicating to factories. Also, I decided that I should be able to create my own protos when and if I need to. And, I find I really need to, because fit is important to me.

Many places I worked with/for didn't care how it fit baby, it needed hanger appeal. Honestly, I can't write that without an eye-roll. I know! I've done it too! Love, love, LOVED something on the hanger, put it on and thought, er? 

With your baby you don't really try things on do you? They don't tolerate it so well (as in not at all), and by the time you get it on your baby, they've drooled, thrown up or exploded into/onto it. Aaaand, in one juicy swipe there's no returning it.  I CARE about how belle&beanzer garments fit. So, truth is, I've been through A LOT of protos. (lots!) 

A wonderful surprise for me during family fittings was every single parent told me the unique way our rompers fit encouraged them to reach out and touch their baby. To rub a little back. To smush a tush. And, this was the best part…they had more enjoyment of how it felt to touch their babies in our rompers! That is EXACTLY what I want for this line.

Back to booties…I was sewing this month and started off with the bootie. I've been fiddling and tinkering around with the construction. Snaps here? No snaps? Does it wrap? How will that feel? Is it accessible?  Two protos later and more sketches, and I'm about to embark on the third, and hopefully last proto. 

Without further ado…
I loved this old coat sewing machine. 
First proto! (and yes, that is a little hint-hint in the background)
Second Proto!

And did you see the second layer to my branding work?
More to come!


  1. I like the new company logo! Not that I didn't like the previous pic. But this looks pretty official! Keep up the good work

    1. EP ~ thank you! So glad to read that. I've gotten a lot of great feedback so far, and I appreciate your's!! When are we going to see your baby already?!

  2. I LOOOOVEEE seeing what you are doing!! I hang on every single picture you post :) the booties are adorable!! I LOVE, LOVE LOVE your logo, and knowing that YOU drew it, means so much too!! and the colors are so soft and warm :) Love it!!

    1. Thank you, thank you!! I'm so glad you like my logo! That means so much coming from YOU, Design Thoughts Queen!! :) I'm SO looking forward to sharing more!

  3. I love the way you are marketing your wonderful skills, and the logo. The heart idea is so fantastic, I love it. Wishing you tons of great success, and let's keep in touch!

    1. Maribel, thank you! I really appreciate your lovely comment. Wishing you tons of success as well! Hey, I used to live in DC...