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The Summertime Challenge

The warm weather is finally making it’s way to frosty Ithaca, NY. The sun is shining, and babies all over town are stretching out their legs, finally free of snow pants. It is time to put forth my summertime challenge.

Most cloth diapering parents can get on board with wool covers. Natural fibers, breathable, recycled… what’s not to love? But when the warm weather comes rolling in, most bail on their woolies. Those sweet little sweater butts lose their appeal when it is 75 and sunny.

I understand, really I do. I mean who would want to wear a wool sweater on a sunny day? Not me. But I’d choose that wool sweater over a trash bag in a heartbeat.

That is the part that is so easy to forget. It is not wool versus cotton. It is wool versus vinyl. So give your woollies a shot. Your baby will thank you. Since wool is so breathable, your baby will not overheat. And look how cute they are!



DIY Dress Forms!

I have been wishing, wanting, hoping for a dress form for years, but I just couldn’t justify buying one. I mean I don’t sew for myself all that much and they are expensive! So I was so excited to find directions to make your own dress form yesterday, that I just had to try it. And of course it made me want to jump up and down that the only thing I had to buy new was duct tape! Everything else is recycled. Yea! Here is what you need:
Duct tape and lots of it. I used about 50 yds.

An old T shirt. The longer the better.

Newspaper or other recycled filler. Fabric scraps would work nicely.

A very patient helper. You can not make the form by yourself, so you either need a model or a constructor. (do this in a room without windows if you have neighbors:) )

Have the model put on the T shirt. Start with a band of tape just under the bust line. Next make an “X” to outline the breasts and go over the shoulders. It should look like this now.

Front Back

Next have the model pull the shirt down gently and starting at the bust line, wrap the ribs and tummy in tape. Go as far down as you can staying on the shirt, around the hip bones. You want the tape to overlap. Go over this area several times until you have two or three layers of tape on the entire area. You want the tape to be tight, but not so tight that the model is uncomfortable. It should look like this.

Front Back

Next fill in the bust. Make sure not to bind the breasts. Just follow the curves with the tape and take the tape all the way over the shoulders. It should look almost like a V neck tank top.

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Now you just fill in any places you haven’t gotten to like under the arms and up to the neck line. Be sure to have at least two layers of tape on the entire torso. The smoother you can make the top layer of tape, the better. It should look like this (we ran out of the black tape).
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Have the model arch her back as much as possible and cut straight up the back through the tape and shirt so she can carefully wiggle out. Then tape the back together again. Tape up the arm holes and neck hole.

Then stuff! Be sure to fill the breasts so they don’t collapse and pack as much stuffing as you can into the form. You want it to be very firm. You can cut a piece of cardboard to close up the bottom or just tape it shut. That’s it! You can cover the form in fabric if you like for a finished look or leave it as is. Happy sewing!

About Gently Made

Gently Made specializes in recycled wool diaper covers and longies for babies and toddlers. All of our covers and longies are made from recycled wool, making them the environmentally friendly choice for your little one.

Though they were originally designed to fit over a pinned prefold or fitted diaper, our covers are also great over a disposable diaper for heavy nighttime wetters, and make cute “bloomers” under little dresses. The toddler size covers are perfect for a potty trainer. Just slip them on over big kid undies and they keep any accidents discreet.

Gently Made also offers a line of hand knit hats for babies and toddlers in a variety of sizes and colors. If you see a style you like but it is not the right size, let us know! Custom orders are welcome.

Contact us at to order.