Our tiny bundles of scrummyness grow so quickly that there is hardly time for them to wear all of the precious items of clothing you excitedly bought before they arrived, clothing that was gifted when your new baby arrived or treasured pieces that you have made especially for their first new adventures in the world.
How do you start selecting which ones will look best on your Ooo Bear?
We get asked this question time and time again so we thought we would try and answer some of your questions in this guide to hopefully help the decision making a little easier.
Our beautiful Dragooon sits approximately 11-12 inches high, and is made with a total of 25 pieces. We need a minimum of 8 sleepsuits aged 0-3 months or larger and ideally 2 of your sleepsuits need to be at least 3-6 months (we will explain why in a moment). Don’t worry though, we can also use smaller sized sleepsuits as we know that often those precious first wardrobes are usually teeny tiny .. all we ask is that for each 0-3 month sleepsuit you substitute please send two New Baby / Tiny baby sleepsuits instead (for eg, if all of your clothing is Newborn size we would need approximately 16 items).
Choosing the right clothing is a matter of personal choice and your Dragooon will live and love in your house forever so the advice we always like to give is that you ask yourself which items of clothing have the most stories? The stories that you would like to treasure and retell your family forever. Do not worry so much about colours and if they compliment each other .. the most precious thing about a Dragooon is that it is the memories that bind them not matching arms and legs.
Plain or patterned clothing is absolutely perfect for your Ooo Bear, T-shirts, baby vests, Pjs, or leggings .. anything made from jersey material. However if you have items that contain logos / motifs or your clothing is made from cotton non-stretch fabric (i.e. a shirt) please see the breakdown below to help you with your selection.
Hopefully this guide will help you choose which memories your Dragooon will wear .. do not forget to enjoy the special process of picking them out, as this too is part of an Ooo Bears magic. If of course you simply cannot decide please just get in touch and we will be more than happy to talk you through the process or take a look at the items you have and give you our expert advice and help.
– Mrs Ooo xXx
The great thing about your Dragooon is that he can be made from a mixture of jersey and cotton fabric so most items can be used. The only place we need a sleepsuit for is the nose / snout of the Dragooon.
Tummy / back of head : these are the largest areas of your Dragooon that can hold motifs so are perfect for the large motifs or writing that are usually found on sleepsuits that are full fronts (no poppers down the middle) or sleepsuits with the poppers / zips that curve from one side of the neck down to the opposite leg in an arc.
Both the body and the back of the head are two pieces each – we can usually add 4 motifs to this area, with the 2 tummy panels being the most prominent. (Maximum size of a motif is approximately 10cm wide x 15cm high .. although we can use part of a motif if it is bigger than this). Also consider pockets for the back of your Dragooon’s head this is an added bonus because it means you can collect tiny things in them like their hospital bands and their tummy clamp for example.
Nose / Snout: This is the only place on your Dragooon that must be made from sleepsuit jersey fabric. We typically can’t use any motifs here.
Back & tail: This is the place we need the two 3-6 month sleepsuits to allow enough fabric for your Dragooon’s long tail. We always use the back of your sleepsuits for this area, so only patterned fabric can be used here. If you don’t have any 3-6 sleepsuits that you would like using, please don’t worry we can simply patchwork the tail or just make it a little smaller.
Front of head: If you have any 3-6 month (or larger) front popper sleepsuits that have a motif on the chest area these can be included here if they are not too large or too close to the seams. We would recommend no more than 2 just incase the motifs don’t work for the front of the head which does have a few limitations with the eyes and nose area.
Legs: Due to the Buttons and the need to create toes on the Dragooon’s feet, the best kind of fabric for this area is patterned with no motifs, as a plus we can also use cotton shirts or other non-stretch materials for this area.
Arms: Here we can use most small motifs that are situated on the front of sleepsuits that have poppers down the middle. We can also use cotton shirts or other non-stretch materials in this area.
Ears: Patterned fabrics are the most perfect for this area, both sleepsuits and cotton shirts.
Foot pads: This depends on if you are having embroidery or not. If no embroidery is chosen then we will try and place some small motifs (no bigger than 5cm x 5cm) on the footpads. We can also use cotton shirts or other non-stretch materials for this area.
Point of the tail: This is a funny shape for us to incorporate motifs on, so patterned fabric is usually best here.