Monday Montage: Baby/kid sews

I love having a little boy and all the fun and hyperactivity it brings. But when I was pregnant, I was more inspired to make crocheted baby blankets and booties than sew him clothes. Now that I’ve delved deeper into the sewing world, I’ve found some gorgeous little things to make him, but the rich spoils of the pattern universe are certainly reserved for little girls. Much like us women, little girls get the majority of the attention, and the same goes for in shops. Little boys clothes seemed (mostly) to comprise blue, nautical and foxes when I was looking for them, and it was one of the reasons I thought about taking up sewing, honestly.

 

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I finally found a photo of him in something non-blue. Pajamas…

 

I love blue, I love the sea and I’m rather partial to foxes too, but a little more diversity wouldn’t go amiss. Anyway, having said all that, I have recently come across a few children’s designers who are making some cool patterns that I fancy sewing up for both boys and girls. I have a few friends who are having girls soon too, so it gives me the perfect excuse to try out some of those to-die-for designs.

Grandpa cardigan sewing pattern pdf download sizes 0-3M to 5-6T -Pattern 72

The first designer I recently discovered (as in the last few days) is Brindille & Twig. Their designs are really that – designs for little ones. They put a lot of little features in their patterns that you would see on an adult size pattern and that often get left out for a kid’s design. This Grandpa Cardigan is adorable and it doesn’t hurt that the fabric combo is really cute too. One of the makes that confirmed my need to visit the Etsy store was this beautiful little romper suit, over on the True Bias blog.

Little Sister Top or Dress and Bloomers  -  Baby Toddler Girls Beginner Easy PDF Dress Pattern Sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 18 months, 2, 3, 4, 5

Next is a cute Little Sister Top or Dress and Bloomers by Ginger Baby Patterns. I just love the duo of the dress and bloomers and I am in love with those fabrics by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller anyway. I would have been so, so happy to have had something made from her designs when I was a kid. She has a whimsical, magical fairytale-like quality to her illustrations that I admire very much.

listing picture jolly roger raglan

There’s a company called Patterns for Pirates that produces pdf patterns for knits – and when it comes to babies and toddlers, that’s really what I’m after! The pattern above is for a sweet little raglan top that comes in a huge range of sizes from 3 months to 14 years (!) and has lots of customization options.

Greenpoint Cardigan

Another indie specializing in knits is Hey June Handmade and they have a few nice kids’ items, like this unisex cardigan above. Again, the pattern comes in a ton of sizes, so you can really get your money’s worth over the years! As an aside, I haven’t made any of the women’s patterns, but they seem very popular and I’ve seen some great versions of some of them. I got the Sanibel dress/romper in the latest Indiesew bundle, so I might try that out soon!

Image of Helter Skelter Tee

Shwin Designs is another company that seems to offer good options for kids, such as this Helter Skelter Tee, above. I had to add another picture for these guys, because how adorable is the Desmond Jacket, below??? So nice. It comes in sizes from 12-18 months upwards. I guess if I made Joe a jacket I’d want it to last a little longer, so I might wait a little on that one…

Image of The Desmond Jacket

I do hear people talk about Ottobre Design a lot and I like the look of them, but I can only find a subscription to a paper magazine so far and I’m not sure I want to subscribe yet. I probably will though… I usually do in the end 🙂

Overall, I am very in love with some of these companies and their patterns, but I still think we can do better for little boys. Do you know of any other great pattern companies with boys’ patterns? Do share if so!

Bye for now!

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Monday Montage: Baby/kid sews

  1. First of all, that’s a young gentleman with a stunning smile! Is he in the Tiny Tornado phase already or still too young for that (and therefore more mellow) 😉 I’ve had friend with both sons and daughters who, tired from the unbridled energy and mobility of their children who learned to walk, looked back on those early months of smiles and crawling with genuine yearning 😉

    While I don’t have children myself, I do have a beautiful book that I’d like to recommend. That’s right — the book is so beautiful I had to have it, child situation notwithstanding. It’s a Japanese book: Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada. My favorite patterns from it are the cute shorts and hoodie. If my skills were up to resizing patterns, I’d be running around in adult versions of those.

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    1. bad speller alert: I’ve had friends, not one friend, in that sentence up there. *gentle facepalm*. I don’t even want to know what else I’ve missed by typing quickly. Sorry.

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      1. Hahaha. I try not to read anything I’ve written quickly ever again. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it’s better to get something written at all than worry about my proofing, with my current time constraints. For the record, I never see typos in your comments. 🙂

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    2. Heh heh. Well, he’s not walking yet and other parents keep telling me how awful it’s going to get when he does, haha! He is already a force of nature, with a crawl speed of approx. 143 mph and a throwing arm Babe Ruth would be proud of, so I can hardly wait. 😉 Thanks so much for the recommendation – I am definitely going to check that out! I’ve been working for a Japanese company for the last 8 years and my Japanese colleagues’ kids always look adorably well-dressed, so I’m sure the patterns will be amazing.

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    1. Isn’t it just?? I must say Brindille & Twig’s clothes are just gorgeous too. How old are your boys? I’ve received some lovely handmade clothes for my son from my relatives and it’s always so special.

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