Posted on Thursday the 24th October 2019 by Sew Mama Bear
If there is one thing that stretch fabric lends itself to it is most definitely children’s wear. Children need to be able to move freely and be comfortable in soft fabrics, cotton jersey fabric really fits this role so is perfect to use for clothing babies and children.
The main things that I found myself sewing for my eldest were leggings, they are so versatile and I still get comments from people asking where his leggings are from whenever he wears a pair. The thing I wish I had made more of for him when he was smaller though was rompers, I absolutely love them. They are like a soft and stretchy version of a dungaree and look super cute, so my plan for this baby is most definitely more rompers… which is how I found this pattern.
Simplicity 8894 has a couple of different views in it, this gives options for button or drawstring tops, elasticated or cuff finishes on the legs and an optional pocket too. I made view C from this pattern in size XS (the pattern has an XXS but its for -7lbs and because my son was born above 7lbs it seemed illogical to make this size). View C is the button topped romper with cuff finish.
Art gallery cotton jersey fabrics are one of my absolute favourites. They not only have the most phenomenal range of prints but the quality of the fabric is second to none. It is soft, has a great stretch and retraction quality, a good thickness to it as well as washing really well. When choosing the print for this romper I was after something gender neutral and this turquoise/green fabric along with the geometric print just stood out to me. One thing to always be mindful of when choosing fabrics for children’s wear is to consider the size of the print, because with such tiny garments you’ll lose a lot of it if its too big.
Sewing this romper is wonderfully simple. After sewing the front to the back at side seams the facings are then applied. Once sewn it is really important to trim the seam allowances back and clip the curves to enable it to turn properly.
On the curves where there will be more seam allowance inside than there is seam cut some triangles to remove bulk. I sometimes use a pinking sheer to trim the seam allowance as this does both these jobs at the same time. Once this is sewn, trimmed and turned it just gets topstitched to hold it in place, and I then stitched in the ditch at the side seams to secure the facing to the inside so it doesn’t flip out. Buttonholes are then sewn onto the back straps and buttons to the front.
The cuffs are a great way to finish the legs off. I find that because they are usually tighter than a standard hemmed trouser leg they help keep tiny wriggling legs from breaking free whilst you’re trying to get the second leg in… and they’re easier than they look. Once you’ve sewn them into a circle, they get folded (wrong sides together) so both the raw edges of the cuff are sewn to the end of the leg. To do this evenly, mark the 4 quarters of the cuff and the leg, then match up those points and stretch to fit between these until the cuff is attached. Make sure this is done with a stretch stitch (I used an overlocker but any stretch stitch will work) so that this can be stretched as it is put on baby.
And there you have the completed romper. Really simple and yet really brilliant for dressing baby/children in. I am thrilled to be able to share with you, not just the completed romper but my beautiful new daughter Quinn (who arrived earlier this month) wearing it. You can see it is quite massive on her, which given she is 7lb and the size is for 7-13lb is pretty fair enough and means that we should get lots of wear from it. (The XXS would have probably fit her perfectly but at the speed they grow she’d have been too big for it before I knew it so I am pleased I went with this size).
I’m off for a couple of months now whilst I get my head around parenting 2 children, but don’t worry I’ll be back in the new year with lots more exciting makes to share with you. Happy Sewing.