Confession: not all of these projects were started for KCW 2013, but they were all completed during the week; that counts, right?
Up first: romper/ John-John from a vintage pattern, Simplicity 6157 (bought on etsy). I love classic boy styles, and this pattern, which appears to date from the early 70's, fit the bill nicely.
I made this one as a wearable muslin so I could check the fit; the fabric is from the back of an IKEA duvet cover. I modified the pattern slightly to omit the zipper, which seemed a little extraneous in light of the fact that there are both 1) working shoulder buttons and 2) crotch snaps. I'm all for easy access in baby clothing, but three points of access? That just seemed unnecessary.
Look at the adorable boys on the pattern envelope. Check out the chevron-aligned striped fabric! So on-trend.
Those cheeks! That tipped up nose! That lollypop! (Who gives a one-year-old a lollypop? Ah, the 70's).
Because the pattern leaves you with a seam down the front of the suit, I thought it needed a little something in the middle, so I raw-edge appliqued this little paper boat.
I have plans to make a couple more of these for summer.
Up next, two little pairs of pants. I used Rae's "Basic Newborn Baby Pant" pattern and tutorial sized up for my 6-month-old. The first pair, in Little Lisette fabric. Can you spot the ultra-embarassing rookie mistake?
Of course you can. Don't pretend. I didn't notice the fabric was directional until AFTER I sewed these together. EMBARASSING! Eventually I'll make another pair and get it right. Maybe. Or I'll just put him in these and hope no one notices.
The second pair came together a bit better. I used some leftover seersucker for these and added patch pockets. You know, for his wallet and phone.
Finally, reversible sun hat. This is dedicated to the lady who chided me on Saturday morning--the first sunny day since last September--for having J out in the Boba without a hat on. Unsolicited advice is a mom's best friend.