Soooo, I have been making warm-weather clothes faster than I can blog them! The internet is SO GOOD. I can't believe the number of free tutorials and even printable patterns out there. My Kids DIY Clothing page on Pinterest is getting crazy full with stuff I want to make.
The Snappy Toddler Top from Prudent Baby
Out of one of my favorite fabric combos--I am finally starting to run out of scraps of this stuff!
I went with the buttons instead of snaps, because I didn't have any cute little snaps on hand. Although it was more challenging than I would have thought to find two matching buttons in my stash, that were the right size and coordinated with my fabric. One of the hazards of using mostly vintage buttons! Would you believe this is the first time I've ever made buttonholes on my sewing machine? My mom recently discovered a bunch of sewing-related papers in my grandma's stuff, including THE MANUAL to the machine I've been sewing on for a good 10 years. It has my grandma's name written inside the front cover; I love that. Among other things, I learned that there is a secret compartment in the back of my machine containing such handy devices as a buttonhole foot and a zipper foot. I HAVE HAD THESE THINGS ALL ALONG AND NEVER KNEW IT. My years of putting off buying new feet for my machine have paid off. Between the long-lost foot and the accompanying instructions in the manual, I have now conquered buttonholes. Look out zippers, you are next!
However (of course there is a however! This is me!) I wrote this blog post before trying this top on Little Sister. Can you see where this is going? Yes, you've guessed it, it's too small.
|She can squeeze into it, but barely.|
I was so bummed, too--when I showed it to her, she said, "New clothes? For me? Wear it?" But it was not to be.
|Look at her poor little armpits pinched in there!|
When I recut, I didn't reprint the pattern larger, I just cut around the original pattern a lot bigger, including lowering the curve for the armholes. For the neck panels, I also widened the curve. So I can't tell you the exact directions for getting an accurate pattern for 2T. But I did eventually end up with a great top that Little Sister can actually wear, and a sweet top for our friend's little girl who just had her first birthday.
|Hey, look at that--I actually had FOUR matching buttons!|
|Yay! It fits!|
|Sweet gathers in the back|
|Little Sister loooooooves her pengwong (that's penguin, if you don't speak Iris)|