|*** Sept 13: another version in red. The sweater and the regular pants (with ribbing at the legs as per pattern) are made in size 68/74. I made one shirt in the corresponding size, one a size larger, as the sweater and pants fit for a long time, the shirts are more fitted. This way the combination will last longer!|
The Zwergenverpackung is a package of basic sewing patterns to make a complete wardrode of mix-and-match baby and toddler pieces to bundle up your bundle of joy.
Except for the shirt, which fits more snuggly to the body, every piece in this wardrobe grows many seasons with the child. Sleeves and pant cuffs can be rolled up or fitted with elastic. Straps are adjustable. The pieces are designed be worn in any season depending on the materials you use. Presents are quickly sewn from leftover fabric scraps, or even from the recycled, repurposed materials from cast-off clothing.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions on the sheet are in german. Farbenmix provides a photo tutorial here.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It is really a nice wardrobe pattern for babies and has all the patterns you need to have: a stretch pant, a regular pant, a shirt, a sweater (with or without a hood), a jacket and a dress. Just as the pattern description states the garments are generously sized (except for the shirt). The pattern comes in double sizing (50/56; 62/68;74/80) and I found the pieces were rather for the larger and next size up (so for 56/62, 68/74; 80/86). Very easy patterns, great sewing for beginners. I especially liked the stretch pant, a one-seam-pant that is soo easy to sew and very comfortable. It seemed a bit high at first at the waist, but with the child growing and the diapers getting bigger, it was just right. As they say, it is designed to be worn throughout several sizes. I mostly made some embellishment on one front leg as to know the front from the back.
stretch pant with shirt
The shirt is more closely fitted and has an easy neck opening. My first shirt was sewn (wrongly) front over back (see photo above), I got it right the next time. Great shirt, very comfortable, easy sewing.
The regular pant is sewn with ribbing at the bottom. I omitted that and lengthend the pant a bit (above photo) to have a regular straight pant or inserted elastic into the hem (here my daughter models pants a size too small, made for a friends baby; you see the sizes reach a long way).
Also seen on this last photo is the sweater - she has been wearing this since last August - a year now! A wonderful, great sweater - not too big, but big enough to have the kid not outgrow this too fast. I sewed a neckband to the neckline, the pattern also provides for a hoodie. I sewed more:
stretch velour with whale applique
elongated version with car applique.
The shoulders of this sweater are dropped, so I will be able to make this for my daughter for quite some time more, by just elongating the arms and body bit by bit. A total winner, this pattern!
As this is a wardrobe pattern, different fabrics are required. For the shirts I used cotton or rayon jersey, left overs from stuff I made for myself. The stretch pants I made from cotton interlock. Regular pants from baby corduroy and cut up maternity cotton pants. For the sweater I used stretch velour and cotton interlock.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None of significance.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. I sewed a set of clothes for the twins of a friend, and I will sew a set of clothes for my neighbours newborn soon. Saddly, my daughter is now outgrowing the size range. She now needs more "refined" clothes, I guess.
Great wardrobe pattern for babies. It all there. Go for it!!