The next couple of months are going to be a feast for fashionistas who enjoy a fabulous affair. Firstly we have the expected birth of a royal baby, closely followed by another royal couple’s wedding – great excuses for parties! So what will the best dressed babies and guests of the bridal party wear? And what will be the pick of the patterns for the rest of us? Below are a few suggestions for makes for babies and christenings. Next time I’ll suggest some fab outfits for bridal parties.
There are so many lovely patterns to make for babies that even if you haven’t got a pending arrival in your family, you will be tempted to sew for a friend of a friend! Ranging from traditional christening robes to rompers, summer dresses and cheeky nappy covers, there is something for all tastes and abilities.
I love Butterick 6045 shown above, which is a classic pack of christening robe or rompers for the boys, bonnet and booties. Use a fine cotton or linen fabric and add delicate pin tucks and a range of decorative stitches in white on white, or cream on white using a wing needle. This has ‘wings’ either side of the shaft so that the needle creates tiny holes in the fabric as you stitch replicating heirloom stitching of old. for truly heirloom style and you can create a gown that becomes a family tradition.
A layette is often a welcome gift for a new addition to the family, so Butterick 5583 is the perfect choice as it includes travel romper, bibs, hats, booties, nappy covers, blanket and sleepsuit.
I also love Butterick 5585, shown here as a stripy set of jersey dungarees and hat, so cute. The pack includes other options as well as a dress and top. This is a casual collection for everyday wear and will be very useful to a new born.
Add a nifty cap and keep the sun of your little lad with this pack of hats in McCall 6575 or when they begin to crawl, make some nappy coveralls that are suitably bright and bold and lots of fun (Kwik Sew 4052). And if you are a traditionalist, this lovely dress and romper pack with bonnets and nappy panties in Butterick 4110 is for you.
You can’t beat a babygro for comfort and practicality either. This pack includes one for the boys and one for the girls.
When babies start crawling, a nappy cover makes a nice addition to an outfit, particularly if it is a fun design like this one in Kwik Sew 3960. Each of the four versions have fun floral designs to choose from.
My final pick of the patterns for babies this month are two smart outfits that can be made and worn to special occasions. Enjoy sewing for babies.