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Date: 6/8/12 5:28 PM

Update with photo and button question at end!

I'd love for my little boy to have something like this:


I have the KwikSew Sewing for Baby book, but it is all knits. I have a few other patterns (big4) but they also are for knit tshirts/rompers. Does anyone have any suggestions on either patterns to start from or how to adjust a knit t-shirt into something like this?

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Date: 6/8/12 6:49 PM

I suggest that you take a look at the Ottobre Designs magazine.

Most of the issues are of children's clothes, in a wide range of sizes, and plenty of nice details (you can make up plain versions if you'd rather not incorporate all of the details).

You do have to trace the pattern pieces, but at least for me, sewing for a skinny skinny child, it's been much better to trace off (I'm currently combining size 98 widths by size 128 lengths - roughly a toddler size 3 to 4 by about a boys size 8 or 10)

If you go to their website (http://www.ottobredesign.com/), you can look at the designs in each magazine (click on the thumbnails of the issues to bring up a link to the magazine pages; in that box, click on all designs to see a single page spread of the designs in the issue) to find something close to what you want to make - just be sure to check the size range since they have infant through pre-teen sizes.

You can get these patterns online - I usually get single issues from Sewzanne's Fabrics (online, http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com/).

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Date: 6/10/12 3:53 PM

Thanks Jean. I took a look at the past two years or so and didn't see anything that looked like it was for wovens for baby boys. If I ever have a girl, this magazine looks amazing. For the boys, it seemed like it was only t-shirts..

Anyone have drafting advice then? I'm hoping that the set in sleeve shirt in a size larger than actual might not be too bad of a starting place.

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Date: 6/19/12 10:07 AM

Found a japanese pattern book http://www.yesasia.com/us/clothes-for-kids-who-became-just-able-to-walk-for-both-girls-boys/1010710359-0-0-0-en/info.html
You can see a couple patterns in french, try
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fjapancouture.canalblog.com%2Farchives%2Flivre_112_fr%2Findex.html
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&u=http%3A//japancouture.canalblog.com/archives/livre_112_fr/p20-0.html%0A

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Subject: Baby boys woven pullover shirt Date: 6/19/12 10:51 AM

Oliver + S has a woven pullover for boys, it's called the Nature Walk pullover. They sell it here on PR.

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Subject: Baby boys woven pullover shirt Date: 6/19/12 3:40 PM

You might also check the costume section of the pattern catalogues; that top looks a lot like a basic Renaissance fair style shirt. Simplicity has a couple of pullover pirate shirts that might work to get you started: 2651 and 3650. You'd need to tweak the collar, though.

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Date: 6/19/12 5:48 PM

OK, if you're game for making changes in patterns, here's a way to go at it.

You can start with a basic woven, long-sleeve shirt pattern for babies, of which there seems to be exactly one in the western world. If you do this, you will know that the woven garment (as opposed to a knit) will be big enough around to fit your kid (measure to be sure, of course).

Then, because there seems to be no readily-available folkish pattern of this type for little humans, you proceed to alter that Butterick pattern.

1. You will use the back piece as it is, and the front of your pattern will be supplied by the front piece of this shirt pattern--but only from the side seams to the center front line, which you will put on the fold of your fabric.

2. The next thing will be to make that front placket. It is really only a classic sleeve placket, you know, and you can pretty easily draft it using sources like this or Pam Erny's classic.

Finally, the collar. You will need to cut a band for this, and the best way to do that and ensure that it will fit your Butterick pattern is to use the lower half of the collar pattern piece that is included. Effectively, that bottom piece of the collar, where it meets the neckline, is the collar band. All you have to do is decide how tall you want it for a baby.

I realize that this seems like a lot of steps, but it may be the only way to fly given that there does not seem to be a kiddie version of the Folkwear Jewels of India pattern.

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Date: 6/20/12 7:26 AM

That looks like French or Japanese patterns to me. They have classic old fashioned things like that. Otherwise, I suggest a kimono top for babies. That will work nicely for wovens and be very comfortable. There are patterns in the Martha Stewart sewing book (which you might find free on hater website) in Heather Ross's book and I think in Amy Butlers too. You could add snaps instead of ties to make it easier. Babies *hate* things pulled over their heads anyway.

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Date: 7/4/12 4:56 PM

Oh thanks everyone! I got distracted by other things and completely forgot that I had posted this. I did find an infant sized woven long sleeve button up shirt in on of my Burdas so I think I will work on modifying it. Thanks Elona for the detailed steps! Hopefully I can get started on this soon. We have a trip to colorado at the end of the month that this would be perfect for.

White/cream or should I go with a darker color? I've already made him olive linen pants, but it might not look good to have head to toe olive linen.. Or I could make natural/taupe linen pants to match..

(oops.. already getting ahead of myself. One thing at a time Sky!!)

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Subject: Baby boys woven pullover shirt Date: 7/10/12 2:10 PM

Finally looked at the French books--oh my! I have so many patterns and books, but I might have to try one of those..

I've been working on the front placket and think I have it down. The Threads post was great. I thought I wanted a narrower one, but I made a sample that is one inch straight from the Threads pattern and it looks good. It is hard to tell without having the shirt though. The band on the shirt is 3/4" and I want them to match. Right? Or maybe it'll look okay with a narrow neck band. I think 1" would be too tall.

Gotta go--baby's up!

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