Sewing for a Mini-Me

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I’ve always avoided sewing baby clothes… but as my only niece turned 1 this fall, I thought it was high time I gave it a shot! Instead of going with the classic frilly baby dresses, I though I’d stick with what I know: Stretch pants and knit tops! 

For patterns I used two great basics from LouBee Clothing. The Hosh pants are pull-on pants for stretch wovens, with an ingenious adjustable elastic waistband. There is no side seam, so I also used the pattern to make leggings! I also used the Bimaa top pattern, which did the rounds on blog tours this fall. It’s basically a kid’s Renfrew tee, with options for a hoodie, cowl or shawl collar. 

Hosh Pants

Hosh Pants! I used the 5T width with the 12m length. Because of the adjustable buttonhole elastic in the back waistband, they should fit her for a good long while… and the hems are deep enough that I can let them out later if needed. The red and coral stretch denim are leftovers from pairs of jeans I made myself this summer, and the black is stretch twill I use to muslin my own pants. I’d already made her a solid black pair to test the sizing, so I added homemade bias tape as a tuxedo stripe to fancy these up! The blue ones are the only item I bought fabric for – it’s a lovely 4way stretch jeggings fabric! I took about about 2” of ease to make the pattern into leggings, and just did a normal elastic waistband. 

bimaa shirts

Eeee! Look at all the cute tops variations I got from just one pattern! All of these fabrics were in my stash or left from other projects. The hoodie and black+white top are made from double knit, and the others are jersey. Putting on the tiny cuff bands entertained me every time! I’d wear any one of these shirts myself, and I’m seriously considering scaling up the shawl-collar piece to make a Renfrew hack for myself!

wardrobe

The most satisfying thing for me is that together these clothes make a wearable, comfy mix-n-match wardrobe for my niece. The tops and pants all work together, which makes sense because they all fit my trusty colour palette! (Bonus sign of success? I hear today that my niece wore the leggings and coral striped top to meet Santa for the first time today! :) 

How do you feel about sewing kids clothes? I’d highly recommend the LouBee patterns to anyone looking to sew some simple kids clothes! I’ll be saving up my scraps so that i can make my niece some more clothes come summer!


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