fantopia—a combination of fantasy and utopia.  I just made that word up.  I think.  Until I google it, and learn that it’s already been made up. So I won’t burst my bubble.

I live in a fantopia.  A fantasy utopian world in my own head.

In this world, I imagine myself fit and fabulous.  My garden bursts with abundant color.  My home shines with freshly polished floors.  The internet connection zips and zooms.  Laughter fills the house.  Babies don’t poop up their backs.   Everything is simple and easy.

Maybe it’s not your fantopia, but it’s mine.  I live it.

Case in point.   Have you seen a pettiromper?  Unless your a new mom to a lovely little girl, maybe you haven’t.

Here’s a picture I stole off the internet.

beautiful baby picture stolen from

Cute, adorable, and about $35.

Step into my fantopia, where I  say to myself, “I can make this.  I can sew.  I’ve sewed curtains.  And buttons.  How hard can it be?”

Well for starters, it can be very hard.  First off, I can’t find this lacy material anywhere, (but I only looked one place), so I settled for the next best thing.

A ruffled material that I see old ladies (my mother for one) wearing on their shirts these days.

So I buy it.  And I buy some matching thread.  Now I’m in business.  I can whip this out in no time.  I googled a little tutorial about how to make a romper, and feeling like the overachieving mom of the year, I commit to the task, right after I dust off the sewing machine,  make J-Dub mess with it since the pedal won’t work, figure out how to thread the darn thing, and attempt at making a bobbin that ended up being a tangled mess so I just used a different colored one that was already ready to use.

It turns out, the ruffly material is hard to feed through the (Pardon my lack of technical terms here) foot feeder.  It also turns out that the ruffly material doesn’t look so good when you sew the ruffles up when the ruffles are supposed to lay downward.  But I persevered, just me and my seam ripper.

It began coming together.  I was so excited.  I had to hold myself back from waking my baby girl from her nap to try it on her when it was finally finished two days later.  I even whipped up a headband.

I put it on her and let’s just say, I need a wee bit more practice.  The elastic wasn’t short enough (tight enough) and it wouldn’t stay up above her tee tas.

So out came the handy safety pin because I just had to get a picture to show my loyal blog readers.
Which created the four hundredth problem of the project since my baby can’t exactly sit up by herself yet.

So here we are trying to take a picture, me needing to be farther back to get a better focus and shot, but at the same time needing to be in arm’s length to catch her when she topples.

A look of sheer panic knowing she is losing her balance and is about to fall.
Me grabbing EK’s hand right before she topples.


So after 3 bumps, a poke from the safety pin, and a dislocated shoulder on my part finally, I just propped her on my dirty, dingy, denim couch and snapped a picture.  Just kidding on all that.  We came out unscathed.



Was it a total flop?  No I just need to adjust the elastic and try to find the right material.

Will I try again?  Maybe.

Is my baby an absolute doll regardless of the get-up I dress her in?  Completely.

Did I rock the headband?  I think so.

Did I just spend 30 minutes looking for my camera cord to download these pictures?  Maybe 45 minutes.

Do I fail at life?  Naw, just at fantopia.


  1. Courtney says:

    I think you did a fabulous job on the romper! And the headband is stupendous!


    1. Angel says:

      Courtney, thanks. and if I ever learn how to make it right, I’ll make your baby one for pictures. It’s a pretty big IF though.


  2. Donna Mae Jones says:

    that just started my day off great….too funny and i think ya did a great job….like always love your stuff….keep writing….


    1. Angel says:

      I’ll keep writing as long as you keep reading.


  3. angel! you did a fabulous job! EK is beautiful in anything you put on her! she has the prettiest eyes, i love her……..auntie L


    1. Angel says:

      Thanks Aunt Linda! I’m going to keep sewing.


  4. Angie says:

    I am very impressed with the adorable outfit, but I have to say nothing could be as precious as that sweet baby girl! She is beautiful!!


  5. judith says:

    Love it. Could you make one for Acelyn?


    1. Angel says:

      Mrs. Auwen, I’m not good enough to make one really, but I could try.


  6. judith says:

    I love you blog. I miss seeing you and your EK. Isn’t life after the classroom wonderful?


  7. Donna H. says:

    Absolutely adorable! I think you should call CharlotteSpringerPhotography (or whatever her name is) and tell her EK is available for some photoshoots!!! The other little girl is quite precious but … Really now … let’s be honest here! There is no comparison between the two. (and there was probably a lot of air-brushing, etc. going on in that picture) ha,ha. Of course there could be some of us who are “a little biased” however! And, hey, the little romper looks perfect to me, but keep in mind I do NO sewing, so the terms “bobbins, feeder feet,” etc is like a foreign language to me. And I’m thinking you could make a really good living just making headbands … everyone I’ve ever seen on Emma has been amazing! P.S. Is there a zipcode for Fantopia? I would love to go there!!!! Until next time .. Donna H.


    1. Angel says:

      You’re right. No comparison. Thank you so much. My life is so different now.


  8. Amy G. says:

    What a doll! I love to get your updates and am fastinated by the craft projects you take on! I wish I had as much patience and imagination! That romper is adorable and you did a great job! The material actually looks good! I’m proud of you, mega-mom!


    1. Angel says:

      Oh Amy, thank you so much! Any one who really knows how to sew can never ever ever look at that romper up close! It’s a disaster. I just want to learn to sew really badly though.


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