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.
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.
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.