Early in the year I was inspired by Tilly from Tilly and the buttons and the cute little outfits that she had made for her new baby boy. It inspired me enough to buy the Raglan Tee and Cuff Leggings from Brindle and Twig, so that I could have a go at making something for my bump to wear when they arrived too! Given my self imposed pattern buying limit of 4 for the year, it did seem very selfless to be using it for someone other than myself (though I did decide that these patterns were so small that they counted as one outfit, instead of two separate patterns), and this is another of my make nine successfully completed.
One of the things that drew me to these two patterns was that they both have amazing sizing scales. Both go from newborn up to 6 years, so these are patterns that I will be able to use for years to come. With that in mind, I had them printed in colour to make seeing all the different size lines easier, and then traced off the size 0-3m separately. I generally use pattern paper from Amazon (like this), but I was pretty much out, so these got squeezed onto whatever I had lying around.
It was really fun rummaging through my knit fabric scraps for different colour and pattern combinations, and seeing what I could squeeze out of various pieces of fabric. The short sleeve piece, and the legging cuff are both great for little scraps too small to do anything else productive with. I’ve used a few Girl Charlee cotton spandex plains to co-ordinate, though some of those pieces were scraps too.
I still don’t know if we are expecting a boy or a girl, so I wanted to keep most things pretty gender neutral, and I really liked the idea of clothing that is able to mix and match so that when some of the outfit inevitably needs changing, I can just stick on any of the other pieces and it won’t look odd.
I figured that by sticking to a fairly simple colour palate for each size range that I sew up then I should be ok there, so in the 0-3m I’m going for navy, blue and white. I was inspired by Skirtfixation and the amazing co-ordinated child capsule wardrobes that she has put together using scraps too.
That said, I did have a couple of more girly fabric pieces which were just big enough for these patterns, so I thought I would run with it anyway. I have a couple of friends that are expecting in the next couple of months too, so perhaps this set will make a good gift when one of their little ones arrives.
Sewing-wise, these patterns are brilliantly simple, especially when they can be whizzed together on the overlocker. Some parts, like putting the cuffs on the leggings are a little fiddly, but that is only because they are so tiny!
I do like playing with mixing and matching all the different combinations. They look very cute!
My only slight concern is that the neckband might be a little bit tight or small, but if that does prove to be a problem then I can just cut the current one off and install a slightly longer one.
I haven’t been able to test any of these out yet for practicality in the real world, with an actual wiggling baby, but they are super cute so I’m hoping that they will get lots of use one little one arrives.