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Message Board > Sew Alongs > Baby clothes sew-along ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Baby clothes sew-along
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Date: 6/6/12 0:40 AM

I know baby clothes are only on the agenda for a very fleeting moment in a child's life, but I have always loved them especially. Now DD is going to have a little boy in August, and my grandma sewing and knitting mojo has kicked in.

There are such gorgeous things for girls to sew and such lovely fabrics. A little boy, OTOH, is more of a challenge. No frilly knickers unfortunately, no gorgeous vintage embroidered dresses! Nice prints for boys are few and far between.

I have just come back from a visit to Holland and Germany, where I remembered seeing tons of great jersey prints suitable for baby clothing in their wonderful fabric markets, and I was looking forward to stocking up. I was right, there are lots of pretty jerseys and cotton velour prints, but they are all for girls!

I decided that plain cotton velours and stripey jerseys would have to do, plus I picked up some prints with clouds and stars here in Oz.

My first project will be a modern twist on the traditional baby nighty popular when my children were little. I think a nighty would be so much more comfy for bub, plus easier for parents with all those nocturnal nappy changes. Who wants to be fumbling about with snaps in the middle of the night! The new version of the nighty is called a sleepsuit now.

I have made something similar, but the closure at the bottom has given me a headache or two. Snaps are just as bad as snaps on a jumpsuit, a drawstring is a strangling hazard and a zipper might be scratchy on the inside? What else can I use to keep the bottom closed? The commercial version uses elastic, and so have I, but it seems somewhat unsatisfactory as a closure.

Would anyone have any suggestions?

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Date: 6/6/12 10:55 PM

You could use underwear elastic, the very thin stuff. Actually, it helps if it doesn't close much, as often as you change those diapers. My favorite items that I had were t-shirts, those nighties, waterproof pads covered in flannel, and these buntings to use in place of blankets to sleep in (safer)

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Date: 6/7/12 3:00 AM

Hi Rivergum,
My first grandchild is 9 months old now. I stayed with her family in the UK for 6 weeks after she was born and I was surprised at how little nappy changing takes place these days. I remember the terry towelling cloth nappies which I used too change as soon as they were wet or dirty but today's Mum with her disposables when baby is very new, and then modern cloth super soakers don't change anywhere near as often. I don't like all the snaps either but the baby's parents had no problems as they only changed rarely. Honestly the weight when nursing that baby was most often soaked up urine. And no she didn't smell. (Naturally a new grandmother keeps her mouth buttoned up tight).
Having said all that I like the idea of the nightie with elastic at the bottom.
As far as clothing for little baby boys goes I've noticed a trend for very grown up looking clothes. Lots of jeans for example even for very young babies. The poor kids look strange and not like babies at all but that's fashion for you.

The other thing I noticed was lack of knitted goods. I knitted lots of lovely little cardigans for my grandaughter. She hardly wore them except to take a photograph for her great grandmother who had also knitted and for me. All the cute little cardigans were pronounced old fashioned. My soon to be grandson has only two knitted cardies. I'll see what his mother likes before I knit any more.
I'll s ew along with you - what shall we make. My grandson is due any day.

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Date: 6/7/12 10:52 AM

Ditto on the knitted stuff. I dressed my now-4-yr-old in fleece almost exclusively because it didn't get her cold if it got wet. She still wears all fleece pants in the winter.

Yep, the new diapers are amazing. It actually makes potty training harder because they're not used to the idea of changing as soon as they go potty.

I concur with the jeans. I don't like them either. Hence the fleece. She was a winter baby, and wore a lot of these, too:
fleece playsuit

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Date: 6/7/12 11:37 AM

I'm sewing for my little guy who is due in August, too!! I just finished sewing this sleeper, KS 2246. It was a practice run & went pretty well. :)



I too am having trouble finding suitable fabric for baby boys. Etsy has proven to be a pretty good resource, though.

I loved the type of sleeper that you made when my other kids were babies, very functional for midnight changes, as you said.

I don't have a lot on my immediate 'to sew' list for the newest addition, but I'm always on the lookout :)

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Date: 6/7/12 12:49 PM

Yes! I'm in for a sew-along. My little boy is 9 months now and I'm just starting to sew some clothes for him. He had so many hand-me-downs from his cousin (thank you so much, brother!!) when he was smaller that I had no need or interest in sewing him anything. But now he's getting to the age where some cute clothes (instead of just onesies) are fun.

I actually didn't like the sleepsuits that were like long shirts. We had a few, but they would just eventually ride up and bunch. I'm having a hard time remembering, but I think that we mostly dressed him in onesies only at night as he slept swaddled for the first 4 months or so. Then we put him in footie pajamas. I don't have any issue with snaps, even still (mostly) with a mobile little one. If you put 3 or so snaps on the bottom I think that would be fine.

My son actually slept much better as a newborn than he does now, so even though I changed him every time he woke, that was only 3 or 4 times in the night, including the first morning change. He wears cloth diapers and he gets changed every 2-3 hours during the day. The first couple months it was probably every 1.5-2 hours, sometimes sooner. Is that a lot or a little? The snaps on clothes during the day are usually only 3 and it's not that bad.

I've found some good boys prints at Nature's Fabrics. I'm trying to not buy more fabric at the moment, but it is tempting. Solids and stripes do look really nice though. You can always put a fun applique on them.

Right now I'm liking shirts and shorts or pants for my guy. I've got a set of shirts cut out for the near future.

I'm excited to see what else others are sewing!

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Date: 6/7/12 12:51 PM

Jenna, that sleeper looks great! Congrats on your new little one!!

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Date: 6/7/12 1:16 PM

My baby girl (my first) is due in 3 weeks. I'm in. I've had no motivation to sew for my own ever-changing pregnant body during this time, but I've been making up a few Oliver + S patterns for her since we found out her gender.

I'm really behind in my reviews, but I'm really loving those patterns. Very well-drafted, wonderful instructions, and nice details. I also got a subscription to Ottobre for Christmas, but haven't made anything out of there yet. They have lots of cute patterns for both girls and boys.

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Date: 6/7/12 11:03 PM

Ok, so is this just for clothes or other items like baby bags, bibs, and etc? I'm due in Sept so this would help my mojo. I'll be slow because of other duties but I'm in.
I've been looking at free printable bibs across the www and have a few in mind to do. I also want to try my hand at those really cute reusable diapers and inserts.

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Date: 6/7/12 11:42 PM

Rivergum - no babies here, but I am just jealous I don't have any to sew for so I am vicariously lurking on this board. Have you tried Crafty Mamas for fabrics? They are in Australia and they don't charge postage.

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