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My name is Carolyn West and I have been sewing for 50+ years. I am the mother of 8 children, with only 1 left at home and I am the grandmother of 6 (Twins, Ben (Benjamin) and Bella (Isabella), 8, sister Gwenivere 4), and brother Logan 2), (Ellura, 7 and her brother, Tavian,5).

I started sewing when I was 5 and designing clothes for myself and others in High School. After giving birth to a preemie, I started designing preemie clothes and patterns.

I have been sewing professionally since 1981 when I started working at JC Penney in Harrisburg PA, doing alterations of men's suits and bridal gowns. (I learned from the best, Gus Catalano, November 22, 1935 - October 13, 2012). I opened a shop in my home doing alterations and custom sewing. Along the way I decided that making baby clothes was much more fun and less stressful…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 28
  • Joined March 30, 2008

Favorite materials

Juvenile Print Cotton Knit, Woven Fabric, Cotton interlock knits, juvenile prints, paisleys, baby bootie patterns

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About

My name is Carolyn West and I have been sewing for 50+ years. I am the mother of 8 children, with only 1 left at home and I am the grandmother of 6 (Twins, Ben (Benjamin) and Bella (Isabella), 8, sister Gwenivere 4), and brother Logan 2), (Ellura, 7 and her brother, Tavian,5).

I started sewing when I was 5 and designing clothes for myself and others in High School. After giving birth to a preemie, I started designing preemie clothes and patterns.

I have been sewing professionally since 1981 when I started working at JC Penney in Harrisburg PA, doing alterations of men's suits and bridal gowns. (I learned from the best, Gus Catalano, November 22, 1935 - October 13, 2012). I opened a shop in my home doing alterations and custom sewing. Along the way I decided that making baby clothes was much more fun and less stressful.

I started Lil' Baby Thangs in 1998 to do what I love and as a way to get my designs perfected, published and available to others who have a preemie or sew for preemies and babies of all sizes.

Most of my patterns are designed for cotton knit fabric and cotton knits are getting hard to find.
As I find them I will add them to my shop to make it easier for you to get them.

Please check back often to see my finds.

Carolyn

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