Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sewing for small people

Within the last two weeks, two of my friends welcomed tiny daughters to the world. While I'm delighted for them both, I also loved the fact it gave me an excuse to make tiny clothes!

Peacock Sailor dress

First, I made another Seaside Sailor Dress as I absolutely adored the first one I made. The fabric for this dress came completely out of my stash. I used some of the left over peacock cotton lawn for the dress and lining and a thick white cotton for the collar with the lawn as the under layer. The dress has nine pieces in total - six for the bodice, which is amazing for how small it is! The skirt is a small rectangle that is gathered at the waistband. 

Peacock Sailor dress
Peacock Sailor dress

I used the same embroidery stitch on the collar as I did on the first. Annoyingly the machine skipped a few stitches which meant I had to fill in the gaps by hand. I chose an ivory thread for the button holes as the light blue one I had hoped to use kept breaking midway through. I think they match the buttons pretty well and compliment the colours in the feathers. 

Peacock Sailor dress

The dress is 3-6 months. I had enough fabric to go up a size but with spring and summer on the way, it seemed sensible to chose a size that the baby could wear during those months. If you're looking for a very quick pattern which offers a wide range of customisation options that I would really recommend this one. It is so quick to cut and sew. 

Polka dot dunagrees

I chose a very different pattern and look for the other baby. I loved the Little Bird Romper pattern from Puperita that Kelly made last year and as this little girl will be growing up on a farm, dungarees seemed a perfect idea! I bought some lovely, soft black and red polka dot needlecord from Darn It and Stitch (they have a wonderful range of bright colours as well) and a bright red cotton for the lining. 

Polka dot dunagrees

This pair is aged 6 months and I managed to get the full pattern comfortably out of a meter of each fabric, even taking into account the nap of the needlecord. Construction wise, this is fairly simple and the instructions are clear. The only time I got confused was when I turned the pockets through - it didn't say what to do with the gap so I slipstitched them closed before edge stitching them into place. The front features one large pocket, while the back has two smaller ones - they are quite hard to see in the pictures as I somehow managed to almost match the dots. I promise they really are there. The dungarees are fully lined and interfacing is only needed for the leg bands. 

Polka dot dunagrees

I was a little worried about sewing with the needlecord as I didn't want to crush it. It went through the machine ok and survived light pressing but didn't hold up so well when I created the buttonholes. You can't really see the marks but I know there are there! The cotton, though, caused me some alarm. When I pressed it, it turned a very dark red even at a low temperature. It lasted about 10 minutes before returning to its original colour. I used the left over heart buttons that I used on my Mathilde as they match the red dots and lining perfectly. 

Polka dot dunagrees

I love both of these outfits but I just can't stop stroking the needlecord. It really is that soft! I just hope it is hardwearing enough. They are now safely packaged up to be posted on Monday and sadly that marks the end of my dose of sewing for tiny people for a while. 


23 comments:

  1. These are both adorable, particularly the dress. A couple of friends have had girls recently so might give the pattern a go myself!

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    1. It is such a simple pattern and I reckon it will look adorable no matter which fabric you go for!

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  2. I love the dungarees Claire - so cute!

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    1. Thanks, Sabs. I really want another excuse to make more of them!

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  3. So cute! I particularly love the dress. A friend of mine had a baby girl just before Christmas, I haven't sewn her anything yet as she was so tiny I couldn't find a pattern small enough. I'll have to make her a cute dress soon though.

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    1. Thanks, Sam. I bet your dress will be adorable too.

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  4. Oh these are both so lovely!

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  5. Awww, these are so adorable! Love the embroidery on the dress - such a professional touch!

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    1. Thanks Elena. I love this stitch and it rarely gets used. Embroidery is a good fall back option when you have a very limited range of ribbons!

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  6. They are both very cute claire! I love the patterns:) i allso bought a couple og patterns from Pueperita, but for knits, plus I havent tried them out yet. Soon, hopefully:)
    You know, sewing for little people is what got me startet whit sewing in the first place:) my son was about 4-6 months when I borrowed my mother in lawd sewing machine. It you se at the very beginning of my blog, you will only find that I made childrens clothes. It is almost embarrising to see the "skills" I had back then:s but it is a part of me, so I am letting it show, both good and bad:)

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    1. I didn't realise you started out with kids clothes, lucky it caught on for you too!

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  7. They're both so cute! I'll have to remember these patterns when I next need to make baby presents!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth. They really are good patterns.

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  8. Oh gosh, I know what you mean about pressing red/pink fabric. It always seems to go so dark that I double-check my iron is okay!

    These are both ridiculously cute :) the dress is lovely, and the dungarees are so adorable. Lots of my friends are having little ones at the moment, so I've filed the patterns away for future reference!

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    1. I automatically thought I had done something wrong! I hope you get to make a pair of the dungarees.

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  9. Wow these are beautiful gifts! I am sure they will be well loved and worn :) Sadly, I don't have any friends with babies, so I have to wait until I can try these cuties out! How long did it take you to make them?

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    1. Thanks Daniela. They took a couple of hours each at a reasonably leisurely pace.

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  10. Excellent stuff! That sailor dress is dreamy

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  11. Love these, the detail is beautiful!

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  12. Wow Claire, I have only just seen this web page and had no idea you were so talented. You were making bunting when we saw you last and now you're making these fabulous creations. Charlotte is very lucky to have such a cute pair of dungarees. They are by far my favourite piece of clothing for her. I wish I could make her things like these. Was it hard to learn the skills? How long does it take to get to this level?

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    1. Ah, Liz - you're too sweet! I'm glad you like the dungarees - I can't wait to see her in them when she is old enough. It isn't too hard to learn how to sew - it is finding the time to learn that is the biggest thing and you can keep it as simple as you like!

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