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Congratulations Vicki-Kate!

January 22, 2015

Here’s for something a bit different!  As many of you will know, our fellow sewcialist and spoolette Vicki-Kate is expecting a baby.  She’s already started her maternity leave, so there’s not long to go now.  However, unbeknownst to her, since the end of September 2014, a group of us have been plotting a surprise for her – an online baby-shower!

We have each made her a gift, and today we’re all revealing them.  It took me a while to decide what to make for Vicki-Kate as we didn’t know the baby’s gender, but in the end I settled on baby trousers using a pattern called ‘Mr. Two-Face Pants’ from the book ‘Sewing For Boys’.  Despite the pattern’s provenance, these are unisex trousers as the design is basically the same as a pair of pyjama bottoms with an elasticated waist.

Mr. Two-Face Pants

Mr. Two-Face Pants

The fabric choice will look familiar to anyone who has been reading this blog this month, as it is the same fabric as I used for my Foxy Cambie dress.  I looked through my (quite sizeable) fabric stash to find a unisex fabric, and with the exception of plain green, I found nothing that would be suitable for a girl or a boy, except this.  But I think this is a brilliant print for kids’ clothing, and I hope Vicki-Kate likes it!

I made these for a 12 month old baby, so they won’t get worn straight away, but the growth rate of the baby starts to slow down a bit after the first year anyway, so that means that when the baby is big enough for them, they will last much longer!  Also, having had two kids myself, I noticed that people love giving teeny-tiny baby clothes because they are so cute, which is brilliant of course but it’s good to have some bigger sizes ready and waiting.

The trousers have a patch pocket on the back right, which is a really cute detail.  I sewed the inside leg seams with flat-felled seams, which is a hard-wearing finish often used for childrenswear.  The crotch seam was too curved for a flat-fell seam so I did a French seam instead.

Pocket detail at the back

Pocket detail at the back

I really hope you like them, Vicki-Kate, and I wish you all the best with the birth and everything after.  I will be posting these to you in the next few days.

Finally, thank you to Ann, who organised this – such a kind and thoughtful thing to do – I’m really pleased I was able to be part of it.

Hand-made by Tabatha Tweedie

Hand-made by Tabatha Tweedie

  1. Kat H permalink
    January 22, 2015 9:12 am

    Awww foxes! These are just too adorable. 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:24 pm

      I was fairly sure Vicki Kate would like them!

  2. January 22, 2015 10:13 am

    Sooo cute!! And you’re right, having clothing in larger sizes is so helpful.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:25 pm

      Definitely! We had so many clothes for our first born that she didn’t even get to wear them all before she outgrew them!

  3. January 22, 2015 10:40 am

    Oh WOW! I adore them and can’t believe you’ve all been plotting this since SEPTEMBER?! I’m only just wrapping my head around how amazing you all are, and thoughtful and generous! Thank you so much and I love foxes so you can’t imagine how perfect these are! Thank you!!! xxx

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:25 pm

      You’re so very welcome! I enjoyed sewing them, and I’m glad you like them!

  4. January 22, 2015 12:36 pm

    An online baby shower? What a fabulous idea.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:26 pm

      I can’t take any credit for the idea, but I am very happy to have taken part!

  5. January 22, 2015 12:56 pm

    The fox fabric is adorable, perfect for a boy or girl. I love the star button on the pocket too. Thank you so much for helping me plan this baby shower.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:26 pm

      You’re welcome – thank you for organising it – you are a very kind person!

  6. January 22, 2015 4:48 pm

    Aww, the fox fabric looks really cute in these, too! I love the pocket detail.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:27 pm

      The pocket is one of my favourite things about these trousers!

  7. January 22, 2015 4:48 pm

    So cute! Little foxes – perfect! ^_^

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:27 pm

      Thanks Symon! You can’t go wrong with foxes!

  8. January 22, 2015 4:49 pm

    Foxes!!!!! These are ADORABLE!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:28 pm

      Not as impressive as your stellar effort of making a quilt!!! 🙂

  9. January 22, 2015 8:54 pm

    So totally fabulous, I adore those foxes and that star button is such a cute button. Such good thinking to make something that is not newborn…I can tell you are a mum !

    Following on from my comment on your last post, Sewing for Boys knocks spots off Vintage Style for Kids… it has formed the basis of a lot of my mum’s fancy dress patterns for my son… it”s such a shame he is now too big for the patterns

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:29 pm

      So far I have only used this pattern, but yes, it seems to be much higher quality, which is a relief!

  10. January 23, 2015 11:02 am

    The foxes are adorable. 🙂 I just found your blog thru Sonja’s blog and I’ve a;ready been nosy and read a year’s worth of posts. Totally enjoyed seeing all your makes and a little inside look at how you fit things (still a gamble everytime for me).

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:36 pm

      Oh, glad you found me and thank you for the compliment! Fitting is still always a gamble for me too, it’s different with every pattern!

  11. January 24, 2015 4:53 pm

    Adorable! And what a sweet thing you guys did!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 25, 2015 12:10 pm

      Thank you.


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