Saturday, March 10, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: Sewing for little people!

Sometimes you just need to sew for others, right?  Do you ever feel that need?  I believe sewing for others and seeing them in your creations is so good for the soul!

I decided to sew for this little monkey, my granddaughter!  She is 11 months and on the move! 

She lives in a much warmer climate than I do so I am somewhat envious of the no shoes and short sleeves!

I had my daughter pick out the fabric choices and don't you just love this SHOCKING pink velour?  While this jacket is too big right now, in the fall it should fit just fine and won't that be fun to wear?  
Here is a link to the pattern I used: Simplicity 1566

I deviated from the pattern a bit.  I couldn't find a zipper the length I needed so I used oversized hooks and eyes.  I honestly thought this jacket needed a lower ruffle, so I decided how wide I wanted it and then cut the fabric 2.5 times longer than the length.  After gathering using my gathering foot, I attached it with my serger.  Easy.

These black pants are made from a ponte knit.  It is super soft and washes and dries beautifully.  You want to make sure your fabric has enough stretch for the pattern, and I knew this would.  

I based my decision on the description from Fabric Mart's site.  Here is a link to that pattern, if you are interested: Simplicity 8304

These pants are slightly large around the waist, and really, really long!  Momma is going to cuff them for now.  They should fit for a long time!  Every girl needs a pair of well-fitting black pants that are comfortable and go with everything! :) 

My favorite piece I made is this little onesie.  Here is a link to that pattern: Jalie 3133.  Some of Jalie's patterns are for sale on FMs site.  Jalie is the winner when it comes to drafting and working with knits.  I highly recommend their patterns! 

 Typically Jalie's patterns range in toddler to adult sizes, but this one is for babies only.  This pattern is so well drafted.  I made the 12 month size and since Elaina is almost 12 months exactly, I couldn't be more pleased with the fit.  I just love the fabric my daughter choose for this.  This is an ITY knit and it was rather lightweight.  It washes and dried beautifully and isn't that a fun print? 

It's hard to get a little one to sit long for photos!  To stabilize the shoulders and neckband, I used SewkeyeE staytape in the extremely fine weight.  It's typically for sale on FMs site.  If you've never used it, it is a must try!  

Here is the entire outfit once again.  I can't wait to see this little one in a few short weeks and smother her little face with kisses!  

Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!


  1. Adorable! So cute, and what great outfits.

  2. Soooo cute Sue! I bet she’s a sweetie, enjoy loving on her when you visit, that is if you can keep her still!

  3. Your Granddaughter looks so cute in your creations. Wonderful job Grandma. Your visit together is sure to produce many more items of clothing and more photos to keep you till the next visit. Enjoy!!

  4. AWE ... she is so precious!!! I enjoyed watching her enjoy her glamour shot photo session ... FIESTA :)

  5. How precious! Your granddaughter is beautiful. I love the complete outfit, especially the onesie.

  6. What a cutie! She looks like she's having a great time in her new clothes. Enjoy your visit!


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