|Pattern Description: Baby jumpsuit and booties. The jumpsuits have raglan sleeves, a front snap closure, and neckbands, sleeve cuffs and leg cuffs from ribbing. View A has full-length sleeves, a zipper at the inside leg and optional appliqué. View B has short sleeves, snap tape at the inside leg, and pockets with rick rack and optional appliqué. The booties have ribbing cuffs and appliqué. |
I made View A with the applique and the booties. This is for my friend's son who lives far away, so sorry I don't have a model!
Pattern Sizing: I made a medium for 3-6 months, length 26.5 and wt 18 lbs.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I even used the same color scheme!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes...this was a kwik sew and the directions were very clear. One thing that I really like about kwik sew is how they don't just give you a close up view of the step, but they usually include additional detail so that you can be clear what you're doing. I'm not sure if this is done on purpose or not, but I really like it. I noticed this when I was inserting the zipper and wasn't sure if I was working on the right side. I looked and they had positioned the center front reinforcement square in the pic so I knew for sure what I was supposed to be doing.
Snap instructions were not included. This disappointed me, but most likely given the variety of methods you can use they don't include them. I had never done snaps before, so I was quite apprehensive about it. I did some internet research and found all sorts of tutorials and such. Since I didn't have any tools here, I figured I'd just see what tools were at Hancocks and decide then based on the selection. I ended up buying These Dritz #5 Snaps and This Tool for #5 snaps. On the back of the tool package, they had instructions that walked me through it. I did a practice one and it was AWESOME!!!! I am no longer afraid of snaps, and I found the simplicity of this tool nice.
Snaps are not as hard as I thought they'd be. Basically, for anyone who has never done this before, you put down the black part of the tool on a hard surface (I went outside on the cement steps), then put the bottom part of the snap prong through the hole in the fabric, put the top on, place the bottom in the black tool, and use the metal part of the tool with a hammer to hammer the two together. What you're really doing is bending the prong from the bottom to curve around part of the upper snap. The instructions gave a good enough illustration for me to figure it out. I highly recommend doing a sample on a scrap of the fabric with interfacing that you'll be using.
The scary part of snaps is marking the location. In order to apply them, you poke a little hold in your fabric, so there's no going back once you do that. To mark these, I very carefully placed where they would go and drew lines on the fabric with one of my frixion pens. Then, I poked the hole in the top. I poked the pen through the hole in the top and marked the bottom layer. Then I poked the hole in the bottom layer. To poke the hole, I VERY, VERY carefully used my seam ripper. I'm not sure what others use, but I'd be curious to know. I usually keep the layers pinned in one or two places so they don't shift.
Also, to sew the nostrils on the booties you used french knots. The pattern didn't tell me how to do this, but it was easily found on the internet.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This design is so adorable. And the booties!! Who wouldn't want booties with teeth??!!
There were so many new things in this pattern for me! I like to learn new tricks and this pattern taught me (or gave me reason to learn) applique, french knots, rick rack application and snaps!
The applique directions were very good.
Also, I liked how the instructions included height, weight and months. I don't have any kids, so I was glad that all three were included to help me select.
I was a little disappointed that the instructions didn't tell you to press more. I basically pressed every seam as I sewed and I think it makes a huge difference in the look of the finished garment. When applying the ribbing, it tends to look all wonky because you do stretch it out to stitch it on and it seriously needed ironed. Even the body of the jumpsuit looked better after pressing.
To apply the ribbing, I first sewed on my machine for more control, then serged, then pressed.
Fabric Used: All fabrics are from Needle Nook Fabrics in Wichita, KS. The blue is ponte knit, the green is some sort of very narrow rib know, and the orange is regular rib knit. For the eyes, I cut scraps from two old t shirts that I use for miscellaneous sewing needs.
The snaps, zip, paper backed applique paper, and the tear away paper that goes under the applique all came from hancocks. Someone later said you could use a coffee filter for the tear away paper. Maybe I'll try that next time.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. I may make another one for my friend's son before I mail this one off. If I do, it will be just be a simple one without the applique. I saw that Needle Nook Fabrics had some really cute kid's knits in when I was there last.
Conclusion: This is an awesome little set and even without the applique, it would still be really cute. This outfit did take some time to make, but it's perfect for a gift.