Sewing for other people 1: tiny ones

Saintly me

Saintly me

I have been doing some VERY PHILANTHROPIC AND GENEROUS AND MAGNANIMOUS sewing of late. Yes, that’s right, saint that I am, I took a pause from sewing pretty/comfy/weird things for me and sewed things for boys. Three different boys in fact. I shall write about the thing I made for a husband-shaped boy in a future post. Today’s post is about things I made for small-shaped boys.

I made dungarees. When I have children they will live in dungarees. I wish I could live in dungarees. They are the finest item of clothing known to humanity. One day, when I learn how to grade up this pattern for two year olds into adult sizes I will be the happiest woman alive. So will all my friends who saw these and demanded their own pair. For now though, I will content myself with making awesome dungarees for children.

Felix and his crazy crocodile and crab dungarees

Felix and his crazy crocodile and crab dungarees

The pattern was a freebie from the wonderful Toya. This pattern is so good, and so clear I could not believe it was free and I am so so grateful that the free pattern came in pretty much exactly the right size for the two boys of friends that I was sewing for. It’s brilliant. Toya is a genius and her daughter is the cutest thing alive. Apart from these boys.

The pattern is for two year olds and the boys I was making for are both 18 months. Conveniently they are quite big for their age and I forgot to add any seam allowance onto the pattern so it fits perfectly! Being a plus size sewist who has to regularly struggle to fit her pattern pieces onto a table, sewing these tiny miniature pieces was such a joy. I laughed out loud at the size of the tiny bum pockets and cooed and aahed at the tiny measurements of my ‘models’. These boys have 50CM chests, and I have a 50INCH one. LOLZ!

So SMALL!!

So SMALL!!

Sewing for kids is a real joy. Things come together really quickly, cutting out is a breeze and you use a lot less thread and barely any fabric (less than a metre for each pair of dungarees). And the final product is too cute for words. I think I will be making a lot more kids clothes for anyone I even vaguely know who has a child because it is so fun, and ideal for doing on a quiet evening where you can’t be bothered to start a big project but want to sew and want instant results.

 

Two pins for the pockets!

Two pins for the pockets!

The only slight downside of sewing for other people’s kids is that I feel uber responsible about making sure the clothes are ‘safe’ so got a bit cautious and nervous when sewing the buttons on to make sure that they will not come off and get swallowed. I doubt a tank could rip them off!

Though I used the same pattern for both pairs, the results are very different. For the first pair I used an excellent solid ‘Crocodiles Balls and Crabs 100% Polyester Jersey’ from Oh So Crafty with a soft black ribbed jersey lining.

I was pleased with my pockets

I was pleased with my pockets

The second pair came about when my friend saw my post about my Peter Rabbit pyjamas and told me her little boy Joseph absolutely loved ‘Peter Bit’. I realised I probably had enough fabric to knock up a pair for him and ta da! These happened:

JoJo and Peter Rabbit

JoJo and Peter Rabbit

There wasn’t much fabric left and so the bunnies and stripes on the legs are a bit off kilter, but I don’t think it matters. The lining was made from an old bed sheet finished with some nice bias binding. I was quite pleased with how posh they looked!

The innards of Peter Rabbit

The innards of Peter Rabbit

Both parents and boys seem pretty pleased with their new dungarees and it made me super happy to get pictures of the little lads looking so dapper in them. I’ll leave you with a few more just to demonstrate they they seem to be fairly robust and can stand up to all the scamperings of very cute small people. Also, to demonstrate that a boy can look FIERCE in Peter Rabbit dungarees and a tube of toothpaste…..

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7 thoughts on “Sewing for other people 1: tiny ones

  1. Sewing for kids is way easier than sewing for yourself. No bits or bobs to adjust for. Simple straight lines.
    I’m discovering a hankering for Peter Rabbit jammies now and I am in search for material.

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  2. Aww – so lovely. I’m really glad they worked out so well for you – and that you thought my instructions were clear. Things always seem simple until you try to explain them and then suddenly it seems so complex! Sorry about the seam allowance, as a novice I find it much easier to draft patterns without it but should probably write it on the pattern pieces too!

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    • Your instructions were brilliant! I really liked the proper close up photos of everything, and as a beginner sewist with very little experience to fall back on I thought the way you described all the stages was really clear. And don’t worry about the seam allowance: my forgetting it (twice!) meant that they fitted perfectly for an 18 month old! Thanks again 😀

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  4. just one tip on sewing for little kids: think about diaper changes. kids need fresh diapers like six times a day, minimum (even more often for little babies). these dungarees are super-adorbs, but look like a giant pain in the butt for diapers. i personally hate buttons on kid clothes. my daughter (almost two) has some cute sweaters with buttons, but she screams when i try to do them up & kicks me in the throat. & with these dungarees, a caregiver would have to undo the buttons, take off the entire thing, change the diaper, & then reverse the whole process to get the kid dressed again. so they become a special photo op outfit instead of part of the daily rotation. (not to speak for the recipients; just saying what my reaction would be.)

    but hey! great job on the sewing, & it’s very generous of you to have sewn these up. i’ve never made real clothes for my daughter because she grows so damn fast, i haven’t been able to justify the effort & people give me shit for it all the time. this is inspiring me!

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    • Hahahaha, yeah you are right. I realised this this morning. The button holes are sooper snug. They could probably do with some quick release fastening at the sides too. I reckon the croc ones would be ok because they are stretchy so no buttons need undoing, but the Peter rabbits could be a bit tricksy.

      Definitely sew kids clothes. Even if your daughter grows out of them in two minutes flat, they are really fun to sew. Also, cute.

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