I am so excited about having a new grandchild! I have been inspired to do a bit of sewing. I've made some receiving blankets. They were part of the Projects because...It's a boy! post. I've also crafted some sweet outfits our little grandson.
When folks have a baby boy, I usually stitch together something using a Children's Corner Baby Bubbles pattern. I started to use that same simple pattern for this little man. Then, I realized that with an October due date, the weather would soon be cool. So, I measured one of the little outfits that I had found when I was Digging Into History. I sketched out a new pattern using the Baby Bubbles pattern and making it have pants legs to the ankles.
I decided to make one a sweet and simple white outfit for church. I hand-embroidered the initial B on the yoke in a soft blue color. (I would have stitched a monogram with all three initials, but the little man doesn't seem to have a first name selected for him, yet!) I also had a piece of soft blue batiste. I first thought I would pleat it up and smock it. However, the little man's hard-headed father seems to be a bit picky about making sure that he wears ultra-masculine clothes. Never mind that when he was a wee man he wore lace on his collar and short pants till he was in first grade and it doesn't seem to have emasculated him! So, I decided to simply applique on the yoke.
The other suit features appliqued fish on the yoke. I had to do a little bit of adaptation to the yoke part of the pattern. I dropped it down a bit to make it more like a girl's jumper yoke. I surfed the net to find a cute fish applique pattern as my inspiration. I found one at Appliques for Kids and adapted it to work. What I really liked was the use of three different prints with one for each fish. I decided to use a couple of linen prints and a tan cotton check print. One print is a chevron print with soft tans and light blue stripes. The second linen is a light blue and cream paisley print. Both were scraps from pillows and cushions that I had crafted. The tan cotton check is a scrap left from a quilt my mother created for Mike and me. I added baby rick-rack at the seam joining the pleated pants to the yoke. I thought this made it look a bit more polished and hinted a suggestion of ripples like water. This outfit buttons at the shoulders and I chose horn buttons to give the soft blue fabric a bit of earthy contrast.