|McCall's 1330 is a toddler sun suit pattern c.1947. I inherited (read: stole) this pattern from my mother, who had gotten it from her mother. Based on dates, I'm pretty sure this was a pattern my grandmother used to make something for my mother. Pretty cool. |
This is a pattern in the style typical of young children clothing from the era. It has a wide bottom, to accomidate cloth diapers, attached bib, and cross-over suspenders secured with buttons. There are three pleats on each side of the front bottom that go to the leg hems, and are stitched to about three inches down from the waist. The leg hems are faced, rather than turned under and top stitched. I hand-tacked the facing in place, so that the stitching isn't visable on the outside at all (linen hides matching thread nicely). There are included transfer patterns for an elephant embroidery or a floral motif I did not use this time.
From the look of the back of the envelope, this pattern came in sizes 6 months -3 years. My particular pattern is a size 3. Because I was making this for my tiny 18 month old daughter, I graded the size 3 down to fit her.
I love the way the sun suit turned out. It is perfectly vintage and baby looking. Early-, mid-century clothing styles are my favorite for my kids as babies and toddlers, and this particular pattern is adorable. The bottom is very baggy. We cloth diaper, but even with a cloth diaper on, there is still a lot of room back there. Our more modern cloth diapers are much more trim than the rubber pants that would have been being used when this pattern was released, so the bagginess was expected. And kind of endearing. The pleats don't lay very flat at the bottom, where they are no longer stitched in place. They run the length of the outer upper leg, and with the movement of my daughter, are usually open and flared out. Again, not a big deal. Just a style note.
The pattern was very easy to sew up. I didn't even read any of the instructions. There were step-by-step pictures all along the way I followed, instead. Why don't big pattern companies do that any more? So much easier to follow along for me, as I am a very visual person. With the pictures walking me through, I had no issues, but one. I had neglected to check the pattern size. I saw 6m-3 years on the back of the envelope, saw that the pattern pieces were cut to the smallest grading (with no other grading lines to be seen), and assumed it was a 6m. It wasn't until I had already cut, and was half way through the thing that I realized it was looking huge. Then I finally thouroughly looked over the envelope and found out there was only one size represented on the pattern pieces. A three. So I had to cut all my pieces down and fit to my daughter from there. Other than that, no issues in sewing.
I used a cotton/linen blend, Heather Ross for Kokka Nursery Versery. It's a sweet print of the story of the Country Mouse. The color way is a pale pink. The theme and look of the fabric was perfect for a vintage baby pattern. And I figured if I was going to be reironing those pleats after each washing anyway, why not go with a linen?!
I absolutly have plans to sew this one again. Especially now that I know I have up through size 3! Next time I want to use some of the embroidery designs. I have a light box, so I can trace direclty onto my fabric without harming the aging transfer paper.
To complete the vintage look, I also sewed my daughter a bonnet out of some vintage linen and lace trim. If you can find the pattern, and like vintage children's clothing, this is a fun pattern to sew!