3 January 2018

Adventures in Baby Clothesmaking

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons

My little boy was born last September, and I took advantage of the two weeks spent waiting past his due date to sew up some cute little clothes for him. And I'm so glad I did, as I can't see much sewing time in my near future, hehe :)

I downloaded three PDF patterns from Brindille and Twig, a company I stumbled upon on Instagram - the one piece, raglan tee and cuff leggings. They sew up so quickly, I got a little bit carried away and ended up making... erm... eleven pieces!

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons
Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons
Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons

And of course that also meant I had to go on a fabric spending spree :) The bunnies and eyelashes jersey is from Maud's Fabric Finds, and the cactus print from Spoonflower.

What's great about this one piece babygrow pattern is that it's so quick to make. I really like the lapped neckline, which makes it easy to pull on and off. If I make it again, I'd widen the sleeves a little as they're a little tight to get on when my baby is wearing a vest underneath (which is most of the time at the moment as it's cold in London). It would be even better if it had feet on it too, as socks are always falling off my little one's feet (why is that?).

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons
Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the ButtonsAdventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons

The step that took the longest was attaching the snap fastenings. I bought myself a special set of Prym pliers for the job, which certainly helped. It took me a few goes to get my head around which bit of the fastening goes on which layer, and I accidentally attached them the wrong way round to the bunnies version - oops! It's quite fun putting them on once you know how though. If you make this pattern, take extra care when attaching fastenings to the bottom corners of the leg hems, as it's quite hard to get them through the multiple layers of fabric, and you'll of course need them to be secure next to your baby's skin.

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons
Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons

The raglan tee and cuff leggings are even quicker to make - particularly if you set up a little production line, as I did! I decided to widen the neckline as it looked really tight and I was worried about getting it over a baby's head. I was probably being overly cautious though, and would stick with the original neckline as long as the neckband is significantly stretchy.

The whale print fabric is from Spoonflower and the navy stripe jersey from Dragonfly Fabrics. I was particularly excited about this set as I have a thing about whales and stripes.

The yellow sleeve tee is yet to be worn, to be honest. It seemed like a good idea at the time, in my pregnancy hormone induced state, but now seems a bit too jazzy! The black windowpane leggings get worn all the time though - they look super sharp with a plain white vest.

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons
Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons

Last but not least, I made a couple of Breton stripe sets - naturally! The outfit with the turquoise cuffs is my favourite - my little boy looks absolutely adorable in it (I'm not biased, honest). These were made with leftover scraps of ponte roma from my fabric stash. That's one of the great things about making baby clothes - they need so little fabric, so are great for stash busting.

If my little one ever decides to get into napping (hehe), I'd love to make some more baby clothes in future. Do you have any pattern recommendations for boys? Please share in the comments, I'd love to know!

25 comments:

  1. I have a girl and a boy and I can say that it is definitely easier to get girl patterns than boys, however I would really recommend Oliver+S for kids clothes, they aren't the cheapest, but lovely stuff, some good unisex patterns as well as some boy ones. They are an american brand though so I always have to remember to work things over from yards to meters! Also I found there are some nice kids patterns in the great British sewing bees books. I made my son a teddy bear pramsuit for when he was born. Good luck with your baby sewing, I didn't fully get into sewing seriously again until my son was nearly 2. But that was when I discovered your patterns! Then some how I found the will power to make the time.😀

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    1. The Oliver+S patterns look great! I've got one in my stash but haven't sewn it up yet. Great tip about the Sewing Bee books - I must take a look. A teddy bear pramsuit sounds so cute!

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  2. Cute outfits! You can get something called Sock-ons (https://sockons.co.uk/) which my friend swore by when her two were little - no more cold feet or lost socks!

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  3. They are all so cute! (on he socks, they just do, it helps to put them over his pants / or use sock-ons) My oldest two boys love their Oliver and S cargo pants so much that they force me to turn them into shorts when the knees wear out. Oliver and S never lets you down. German Farbenmix have some cool sweaters.

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  4. Another vote for O&S patterns as well. Nice traditional style boys clothes.

    If you're after something a little different my personal favorite are Twig&Tale patterns. Old world pantaloons or drop crotch rompers. Plus the nee Aviator cap is devine!

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    1. Ooh I hadn't heard of Twig and Tale before... those baby shoes are so cute!

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  5. Do you know the Belgian designers zonen09 and compagnie M? They start from 2y only I think, but you'll get there soon enough!

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    1. Ah yes, I met them at a trade show in Cologne - thanks for the reminder!

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  6. I love Brindille and Twig! They have a free hoodie pattern that I just used for my 1&1/2 year old. (I size up and change the hood to a crossover front.) For other boy patterns, I really like Ottobre. I only have two issues, but a lot of the basics are in there, and I use them all the time. I’ve hacked the free Sunny Day Shorts pattern from Oliver + S (made them longer, added pockets and faux fly stitching). People say sewing for boys isn’t fun, but it’s all I know so far, and I enjoy getting creative with basic tees and hoodies and shorts/pants. I love your fabric combos here! The mint trim on the white bunny one-piece!

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  7. I love patterns from minikrea.dk
    Many are unisex and cute and scandinavian :)
    Love the fabric you have chosen!
    Greetings from Germnay
    Yvonne

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  8. These are all so lovely and I love the Spoonflower fabrics you bought! How have you found washing them? I've read mixed reviews about the colours fading, so have always been put off buying from Spoonflower, but it would open up a whole new avenue of shopping if they were colourfast! I especially love the cactus baby grow.

    The socks thing is maddening, isn't it. I discovered these little soft shoes from Inch Blue when my first was little though and that solved things for us - they never fell off, but were so soft and totally un-shoe-like. https://www.inchblue.com/uk/product/starry-whitebaby-blue/

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    1. I haven't had any problems with colour fading - so far so good! x

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  9. My favourite pattern when my daughter was little was a KwikSew denim overalls pattern - such a practical garment, and can be made out of everything from denim and ticking to printed canvas.

    My daughter crawled early, and the way she crawled meant that she crawled straight out of her pants - so I had to change over to overalls. Also, the back of the overalls can be grabbed like a handle to stop them toppling over, or when they're escaping! I decorated them with iron-on patches, and they also mean that there isn't a chilly gap between top and pants.

    KwikSew kids patterns have frumpy looking drawings, but they're incredibly well drafted and timeless basics.

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  10. Love your baby clothes. Tadah Patterns are my favourite for sewing for my granddaughter. They have a gorgeous overall pattern suitable for boys called Vinties. Believe me, there will come a time when you will have the leisure time (and energy!) to sew. Good luck.

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  11. One reason to *not* have footed jumpsuits is that tall babies grow out of them quicker! I am having that problem with my tall son right now. I've found that a longer sock underneath the leg and then a fuzzy one on top keeps them on better. When my firstborn was around 1.5 yrs she would pull her socks off constantly so I put knee highs under her jeans.

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  12. Definitely Tilly. You should get yourself an Ottobre magazine. The baby clothes are adorable and very suitable for stretchy fabrics. They have specific patterns for boys so you are not adapting a girly pattern in boysy fabrics. Also the childrens ones have clothes from baby up to 10 year olds so it is a great way to buy and be a bit future proof. You will be inspired for future makes - their older applique hoodies are gorgeous. Jo xxx

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  13. Congratulations, Tilly! Hats off to you, I never sewed for my babies until they were toddlers. Even then it was only when I couldn't find what was needed somewhere else because of body shape issues (tall or thin kids). Secondhand clothes are both inexpensive and easy to find in the US, but sewing filled in the gaps. With socks it helps to get bigger sizes as they pull up higher. They grow way too fast! Snuggle your little boy all you can. My first is about to leave home this month, he is almost 19. I was so pleased and surprised, he has been altering all his own pants and shirts in the last week in preparation to go!

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  14. I bet he's the best dresses boy in London! What gorgeous outfits, Tilly.

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  15. My favourite pattern company for boys is Peekaboo-Patterns. They have a huge range of patterns that to beyond the usual casual basics and often till age 12... I just made my two year old a button up shirt, that made my husband jealous. ;-)

    I became obsessed with sewing when my darling started to nap on his Dad's chest in the Afternoon. Blessed me-time without leaving the house! It gets better... And worse... And better! ;-)

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  16. I'm undecided between buying snaps with pliers or those that can be sewn by hand ... Do you think about those?

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  17. I don't have any particular suggestions but I am pretty sure that Zoe of Sozowhatdoyouknow did a series about patterns for children particularly boys a while ago. Congratulations by the way!

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  18. I will also recommend Ottobre Design - I've had a subscription ever since my first grandchild was born, and the patterns are not only adorable but they fit very well. You can get an annual subscription or just buy individual magazines at their website or on their Etsy site. Each magazine 40+ patterns in it, so it really is a bargain. https://www.ottobredesign.com/en/

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