Archive for May, 2010

Think Spring

Before I get too far into creating Finn’s summer wardrobe, I wanted to share some cute mama-mades for spring.

While I’ll admit that he looks a bit like a tiny jailbird, I’m totally in love with green and white stripes!

Both the hat and the pants were made from an old long-sleeved t-shirt. I used the sleevy pants tutorial from vegbee, which is a fabulous, quick and easy way to make some pants for baby, especially if you have old shirts lying around. To make the matching hat, I used the sweater hat pattern from Amanda Soule’s book, Handmade Home. Another quick and easy pattern–perfect for a mama with precious little time to spend at the sewing machine!


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I’ve been planning for a while to make a summer wardrobe for Finn. The Oliver + S playsuit pattern (which is actually packaged within the tea party sundress + bloomers pattern) looked so adorable, I just had to try it. I figured that a summer wardrobe consisting of playsuits and bloomers (though, not worn at the same time!) would be perfect for both the Wisconsin heat and humidity and our time at the ocean.

This is my first attempt at the pattern. It’s actually not quite finished–I need to add snaps and finish the seams, and obviously it needs to be ironed :-)–but I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out.

I didn’t add any of the extras on my first try–things like snap tape and piping can be added–but I definitely plan to try the snap tape on the next version. The pattern has very few pieces, and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. A person can’t really ask for much more than that! I’m not a garment sewer; I definitely prefer quilts, mostly because the margin for error (or at least the ability to cover up mistakes!) is so much greater. However, constructing the playsuit definitely has me itching to make more clothes for the babe, and maybe I’ll even try some for myself!

As for Finn, I think he’s rather enamored of the playsuit as well. He’s definitely ready for some beach time–he’s already practicing his lounging!

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