First Steps Into Sewing for Babies and Children
Posted on Sunday the 7th January 2018 by Alison Jane
Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are now ready for a new year of sewing and crafting. I have so many plans in my head of things I would love to make and there are always gorgeous fabrics and new patterns to tempt me ….. but in May I am going to become a Nana for the first time so I am excitedly learning new skills and also learning to be patient with fiddly little clothes for babies and toddlers!
It’s great fun and doesn’t use much fabric so I have been making newborn leggings and hats and vests but for this months blog post, realising that babies grow very fast, I have extended my skills somewhat and created an adorable outfit for a 6 month old BOY, because yes, we know it’s going to be a boy. Times have changed a lot since I had my babies 30 years ago!
This is the back and front view of the dungarees and tee.
The denim is gorgeous, very soft and presses beautifully. I wanted to add motifs to one of the legs and chose these gorgeous Iron On Appliqués.
This little Mini Iron is so useful for small tasks, there will be a full review of it on the Minerva Blog in a few weeks.
I machine stitched all seams with denim coloured thread and overlocked in white for a clean finish.
And then used Prym Snaps for the shoulder fastenings. The pattern says buttons but I think snaps may be easier. I also chose not to put snaps around the inside leg seam after checking lots of RTW dungarees and jeans for babies. And hopefully one opening is sufficient for nappy changing, fingers crossed!
I’m so happy with the dungarees. The facings were tricky but only because they are small. This denim is so lovely and soft, I think it will be really comfy for a gorgeous little baby to wear. I’ve turned the legs up because it looks cute but without the turn ups I think these dungarees could be worn for a few months of growing.
And of course, it please me greatly to sew in my special new labels!
The long sleeved top was a doddle to make. This bunny jersey is so gorgeous. Crisp clean white with grey and green bunnies, and so so soft and cosy.
I sewed most of it on the overlocker but finished the hems and neckline with a zig zag stitch.
The green snaps are by Kam, I think I like the Kam snaps better than Prym snaps. However I’m not convinced about neckline snaps and think I will use ribbing on future children’s clothing. It offers more stretch and comfort over their heads I think. I just need to stock up on all the colours of cotton ribbing!
And of course, another Nana label …..
A whole new world of sewing – sewing for babies is such fun and just makes me happy!
And it doesn’t use much fabric so I had enough bunny fabric left over to make this fabulous Varsity Pullover by Peekaboo Patterns. This pattern is incredible as it ranges in size from 3 months to 12 years – and Minerva has a gorgeous range of supersoft cotton jersey suitable for babies and children, so I can feel a sewing frenzy happening this year!
I hope you are having fun making your sewing plans and I wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful and harmonious 2018.
I’m back next month with a pair of ‘proper’ baby dungarees – complete with buckles – set to rival the Osh Kosh dungarees I bought for my children with they were very young. Fingers are crossed!