A Trio Of Snuggly Baby Makes From 1 Metre Of French Terry
Posted in Projects on Saturday the 14th December 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
It’s so exciting to be writing my first blog for Minerva! I do love a good blog post, and this one is jam packed with three makes from just a metre of fabric. Those who follow me on Instagram may know that I’m expecting my first baby later this year, and so my list of sewing priorities has changed somewhat from previous years. I’d seen a few vlogs and blogs about making baby clothes, and decided to take the plunge, picking out three patterns from the Sew Over It Poppy and Jazz Range.
I’d really recommend the patterns – they are really low priced, and I would say are a bit more special than your average baby pattern. Two of the items I made this month are reversible, which is pretty special (and apparently practical), and the little trousers I’ve made also have little feet attached to keep baby’s feet warm.
I was lucky enough to be able to pick out this lovely bunny French Terry Sweatshirt Fabric, and took a metre of it thinking I’d make one item, but I managed to squeeze out three! I also took some fabric from my stash for the reversible items - I really like the contrast they make with one another. As you’ve probably guessed, I haven’t found out whether I’m having a boy or a girl, and so I think the fabric choices are also pretty neutral.
So, onto the makes!
The Honeydew Hoodie is so cute, it has little popper fastenings, and it’s reversible. I made it up in size 0-3 months, as my baby is due at the start of winter so I expect it’ll need lots of warm layers for the cold Scottish winter. This wasn’t too difficult to sew up, although I did find the ‘bagging out’ difficult to get my head around. Once I ignored the technical term, and watched a few videos, I figured it out quite quickly, and it was actually quite easy to do. When I topstitched the edges, I did find some stretched out, despite me using a walking foot, but I’m quite new to sewing with jersey so I’ll read up on that and make some adjustments for next time to try to avoid it happening again. I’m sure the baby isn’t going to mind!
The Dandelion Dungarees are amazing – I spotted them when they were first released and secretly wished they had them in adult sizes. Again, they’re reversible, and fasten with little poppers. I think it might be more practical to have poppers on the legs too, but I haven’t figures out how to do this yet whilst keeping them reversible. They also use the bagging out technique, which was much easier to do once I’d figured it out for the Hoodie. I made them in a size 3-6 months, as I’m planning for baby to mostly be in snuggly sleepsuits for its first few months. I love how these have turned out and can’t wait to see them on baby.
Finally, we have the Tangerine Trousers – I opted for Version 1 with the feet (you can also make them as simple leggings without the feet) and made them in a 3-6 months size. Of all the makes, these are the quickest and easiest – you could cut the fabric and make them up in a couple of hours. They also use up very little fabric – great for scraps. They work really well in the French terry, but I think they’d also be great in a more stretchy jersey.
The three items did take a while to put together – I was hoping they’d be really quick to do, but I am called Sew Slow Sarah for a reason, and I’d say it took me a full weekend to cut them out and sew them, albeit at quite a leisurely pace. The bagging out and popper techniques are new to me, so that took a bit of extra time to figure out, and I sewed them fully on the sewing machine rather than risk the overlocker on these tiny items.
I love all three patterns, and would happily make them again, just perhaps not at the same time! They’d definitely make great baby gifts, and if you’re having a little one, it’s nice to be able to make something for them yourself. I need to do some grown up sewing now as my wardrobe is shrinking faster than my bump is growing!
Thanks for reading,
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