Baby Bodysuit

Tiny Couture

So a few weeks ago I wrote about how I’m not sewing for baby, but it turns out things can change! As long as I still had a while to go it was more rewarding to sew for myself, but with only 4 weeks left I don’t see the point anymore. Instead the cute tiny clothes are tempting me now, so I’ve sewed some stuff for the baby anyway. I’ve made a couple of things on the serger, which is really fast (and such short seams!), but they’re not that special. As with my own garments, an involved project like a button down is much more satisfying, and this seemed like a tiny version of that.

Baby Bodysuit

The fabric is from a skirt that was nibbled on by mice. I loved the fabric so much I kept it for years but it’s not enough to make something for myself. Hooray for tiny babies! The pattern is the bodysuit from the Lullaby Layette set from Oliver + S. It’s only a tiny piece of clothing but it’s nevertheless quite involved, with that little placket and the bias neckline. I also french seamed everything so it would last. ‘Last’ meaning not because it will get worn so much of course, but so our next baby can wear it too. That’s why I went with neutral accents instead of girly ones, so it can be worn by a girl or boy. And maybe it will make a nice gift someday too!

Baby Bodysuit
Baby Bodysuit

It seriously took me the better part of a day to get it finished. But I didn’t mind at all, this one was not just for her, it was also for me. It was so nice to make something that requires precision and attention, it’s just something I need every now and then. It makes me feel like a much better sewer than quick jersey serger projects do. I won’t be making one again soon though, the fact remains that she’ll probably hardly wear it. She’ll definitely look cute in it though, and every time I see it I can be proud of my sewing skills. Win-win!

What kind of projects make you feel proud of your skills?

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  1. This is such a lovely garment. So accurate and well done. And believe me: you will be glad to have some tiny little beloved things to keep as they grow up way to fast.
    I prefer sewing trousers and blouses to Jersey Shirts by far. Invisible Details such as bias bindings and neat inner seams make me really happy.
    Wish you all the best for the remaining weeks and the birth!

    1. Thanks Lena! You’re right, I hadn’t thought of the ‘heirloom’ factor yet, good point.

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