There is something so satisfying about sewing ‘dressing up’ clothes for little boys. Over the past few weeks, I slowly worked on two Sunday outfits for my little boys, who will be 1 and 3 years old in a month. And excuse the less than stellar photographs…photographing an uncooperative baby and toddler is beyond my skill!
For their shirts I used the Sisboom Ethan. I’ve sewn this shirt up quite a few times now, and I’m always happy how well it goes together.
My toddler is also wearing the Coastal Cargos from Blank Slate. The cargo pockets give it a bit more of a casual look, but they have a proper fly and back welt pockets. A little funny, but I was always scared to do double welt pockets, so up till now I always swapped them out for single welts. Well, I decided to give it a go, and really couldn’t believe how easy they were! I did add a little button loop and button so that they wouldn’t gape open. The instructions are well written and easy to follow.
I really like how the bias tape is done on the outer and inseam so that there are no raw edges showing when the cuffs are rolled up. I just love seeing his little ankles and just need to buy some sandals so that he can wear them like this.
The pattern is split into 2 size ranges (18m-4T and 5-8). The only caveat I would give about this pattern is that the hip measurements for sizes 18m-4t are all the same (just the length of waist elastic is shorter) so if you are sewing for a smaller child who doesn’t wear a diaper you may have to make some alterations.
A quick look at the pattern for size 18 month showed me it would swim on my baby (currently in 12 month pants) so I choose a shorts pattern from Ottobre 3/2012 instead for him. They are cute with the double stitched outer seams and the larger cargo pockets. The pattern as written includes grommets and shock cord through the bottom hems, but the linen, even with interfacing, was too thin to support the grommets so I ended up just cutting them a bit short and doing a regular hem. The fabric for both bottoms is Essex Linen in Taupe, also purchased from Fabric Spot.
Overall, both outfits are full of time consuming details, but I love how sharp both boys look!