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Baby trousers! (Winter Pinterest Challenge)

Here’s a short and sweet post for a short and sweet project.

 Rae's basic newborn baby pant lined

Kermit loves modelling, and he’s so good at it too.

The first of my close friends is due next month and we are all SO EXCITED, yet also a little unprepared because we’ve never done this before! I plan on making the baby a baby quilt, but when one of her friends organised her a last minute baby shower dinner thing, I wanted a quick project to give her (the quilt won’t be finished till the baby is born).

 

So I turned to my pins and found this lovely free pattern from Made by Rae and got to serging (oh yeah! I did all the guts of these on my new overlocker). I was going to just make them unlined in this black and white elephant fabric, buuuut then after cutting them out and sewing them up, I realised I had cut the elephants out upside down. Ruh-roh.

So I pulled out my copy of Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings and copied the construction of her quick change trousers to make a these into lined pair of trousers.

To do this, you make two identical pairs of trousers and sew everything except the waistband and leg openings. Then slip one pair into the other, right sides facing. Sew a seam along the top of both pairs of trousers. Turn inside out, then top stitch about half an inch under the waist band, leaving a small opening to slip quarter inch elastic through. Thread the elastic through and then zig zag stitch the ends of the elastic together and complete the top stitching so it looks all nice. I didn’t take any pictures of this but thankfully I used horribly clashing thread for the top stitching so you should be able to figure it out…. Once you’ve turn that, turn all four leg openings up quarter of an inch with the iron and top stitch all the way around. You’re done!

 Rae's basic newborn baby pant lined

And those upside down elephants on the inside? Perfect turn ups!

This post is part of the Pinterest Challenge, organised by Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love), Michelle (Decor and the Dog), and Megan (The Remodeled Life).

Thanks guys!

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Giveaway winner and some wedding bits

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Just a quick post today to belatedly let you know the winner of the vintage button giveaway is….drumroll please….Ainhoa!

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Congratulations Ainhoa! Send me an email with your address and I’ll get these buttons in the post ASAP…

Bonus picture from the jewellers this weekend when we were looking for wedding rings. Do you think this band looks ok with my engagement ring? I’d like to keep them both on one finger if possible…

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My dress has arrived and is now with the dressmaker for safekeeping and a few adjustments. I LOVE IT. I’ve ordered a veil, bought my shoes (they’re incredible) and the bridesmaids are on the hunt for mismatched dresses. The church, venue, caterer, band and cake are all booked. I’ve found a local florist but not booked them yet (we’re only ordering bouquet and boutonnieres and I will DIY the rest with our mums). We think we’ve settled on what we’re doing for the honeymoon and hope to book it all down tonight. If anything, I’m a little worried about how easy it’s all been! Makes me feel like we’re forgetting something….

Dotty baby dungarees (Whipstitch Overmost pattern)

Hello long lost blog! I’d had this nagging feeling that I hadn’t updated in a while, but I had no idea it had been over a month! I’ve been really busy sewing away on Christmas stuff.

Here is my first completed Christmas present, a pair of baby dungarees for our littlest niece. It has been finished for a while but was awaiting buttons. In that time we’ve been lucky enough to have lots of visitors since I finished it, so I’ve been making them all coo over it!

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The pattern is the whipstitch overmost and it was a delight to sew. I had some issues at first assembling the pattern (it’s a PDF print out), until I realised the pattern had expected me to be using US letter paper (of course!). Once I worked this out, it was pretty plain sailing, but PDF makers: remember not everyone uses the same paper!

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The original pattern didn’t call for poppers, but my niece will be just 9 months old at Christmas and I didn’t think popper-less trousers were fair on her parents, so I used this tutorial to add them. BUT, then I read some comments on this post that suggested poppers aren’t great for crawling babies? I don’t know. I tried! I can always sew the opening closed.

I also didn’t use popper tape, I used those ones where you set them with a hammer. That was so much fun. BANG BANG BANG.

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These buttons! I love these buttons. We’ll be talking about them tomorrow. I’ll be taking two spares with me for Christmas so that I can sew them in the right place if these are too long. My buttonholes weren’t so hot, but ho hum. I should have snipped the threads before taking these pictures.

The lining is flannel. The pattern is reversible, but I’m treating it as a lining because it is sooo much softer than the polka dots and I like having the little peeks of it here and there. I wish I’d used the pink fabric for the inside of the pocket, but oh well. Next time!

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Here are some weird pictures where I stuffed the dungarees slightly with some fabric so could get a better sense of the shape (the crossover straps in the back had made them look all long and skinny.)

The elasticated waist is my favourite bit.

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At least, I think it will be my favourite bit once it’s on a cute baby’s bottom.

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Seriously, this pattern is amazing. It all comes together really well and the instructions are clear. It comes with patterns for three different types of pockets and it’s just so cute!

PS. Here it is pre-buttons with the trousers rolled up to shorts length, from instagram:

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PPS. I also made this baby niece a baby quilt, before she was born.