Friday, 31 August 2012

Newborn Onesie (with free pattern) and Coordinating Trousers

Continuing my learning journey with stretch fabrics I wanted to try using the elastic overlock stitch on my sewing machine. So I decided to attempt a newborn onesie outfit using a couple of old t-shirts.

I've been meaning to make a few pairs of the t-shirt pants using the tutorial and pattern over at Roubidou and now seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I also decided that I would try my hand at drafting out a newborn onesie pattern, since I haven't been able to find a small enough one online anywhere. You can find this pattern in the Patterns section (use the tabs under the header band above to navigate there).
My nephew is due to be born at Christmas so long-sleeves would have been more appropriate, but for simplicity I decided to leave the sleeve challenge for a future revision to the pattern. 
I made a slight change to the pattern/tutorial for the t-shirt pants by shortening the rise and adding a contrast waistband. I used a folded over strip of stretch fabric (about 70% of the length of the pants waist) stretched to the length of the pants waist. I finished the armhole, neck and leg/crotch edges  of the onesie in the same way.

The pattern is very simple with limited instructions... when drafting it, I hadn't intended to share (I hadn't even worked out how to share documents on a blog). But the finished pattern is pretty neat and tidy and the project worked out well so I decided I wouldn't be embarassing myself too much by sharing. If you do want to use it and have any questions then leave a 'comment' and I will try to help.

1 comment:

  1. I am making some newborn onesies and would LOVE some instructions! I downloaded and printed out the pattern and although it looks pretty straightforward I want to make sure I am doing it right! Email me at please and thank you!