What Neko wore : the early days

I'm going to do an ongoing series of pictures to share how I dress my little guy. It might give people dressing boys some inspiration for breaking away from all those trucks and blue trackies that seem to dominate the playground (the half that isn't pink that is).

1 week old: Possibly Neko's earliest fashionable moment, accidentally matching his very stylish Aunty Gen. I loved those polka dot pants, probably meant for a girl, but so cute on a tiny guy too.

1 week old: Possibly Neko's earliest fashionable moment, accidentally matching his very stylish Aunty Gen. I loved those polka dot pants, probably meant for a girl, but so cute on a tiny guy too.

This first post is retrospective, looking back through the baby albums. It's more an idea of how to dress a baby (or how not to?) from a rather strange and eclectic mix of op shop finds. These days Neko tends to be dressed in things I make, but having wrongly assumed he'd be late, @ 39weeks I'd hardly started my baby sewing projects.. And by the time he napped long enough to let me sew even one tee or a quick pair of leggings, he was nearly 3 months old.

HUGE cloth nappied bottoms need custom made pants. This was one of two pairs I'd made before Neko was born, and while they look a little goofy without a top to hide the arm pit high waist, they are so good! The lovely earthy top was a present from my friend  Caroline @ munroclothing.co.nz

HUGE cloth nappied bottoms need custom made pants. This was one of two pairs I'd made before Neko was born, and while they look a little goofy without a top to hide the arm pit high waist, they are so good! The lovely earthy top was a present from my friend  Caroline @ munroclothing.co.nz

People often commented when I was pregnant that my kid would be well dressed, they probably weren't imagining mismatched socks, on hands and feet, a stained lemon towling onesie from 1988, a red velor cardi and a lime green home knitted hat? But those were the sorts of treasures that the op shop gods provided, along with a huge array of navy and white striped numbers, which always stood out in the op shop as the best option if I wanted to avoid trucks and pink! And of course the delightful array of perfect condition home knitted jumpers and cardis, as I soon discovered, if the season and size didn't line up, then these beauties never got a look in.

Since Neko was born in spring, it was quickly warm enough to not have to worry about clothes and at 3 months old he was a delicious big pudding who looked best in a colourful nappy and nothing else!

Since Neko was born in spring, it was quickly warm enough to not have to worry about clothes and at 3 months old he was a delicious big pudding who looked best in a colourful nappy and nothing else!

I loved these palm print leggings from LoneMoose! Cute, locally made and keeping well away from the stereotypical boyish stuff that's so boring.

I loved these palm print leggings from LoneMoose! Cute, locally made and keeping well away from the stereotypical boyish stuff that's so boring.

Op-shop-tastic: Home knits and green velor pants = part baby, part elf.

Op-shop-tastic: Home knits and green velor pants = part baby, part elf.

My favourite little baby outfit I ever made for Neko was this blue towelling number. It was pretty fantastically retro with it's bright orange straps and cuffs.

My favourite little baby outfit I ever made for Neko was this blue towelling number. It was pretty fantastically retro with it's bright orange straps and cuffs.

For Rich's birthday when I was 6 months pregnant I made him a pile of clothes, with mini versions. Here are my two boys in their matching black merino hoodies. I love black on babies, I'll definitely be doing more of it.

For Rich's birthday when I was 6 months pregnant I made him a pile of clothes, with mini versions. Here are my two boys in their matching black merino hoodies. I love black on babies, I'll definitely be doing more of it.