It's been a little rough around here, health-wise. This weekend, I finally picked up the cold that's been working its way through our family for the past three weeks. Ugh.
What's driven me (the most) crazy, though, is that I've been so pumped about making these little overalls for Brooks, and I've been too out of commission! So now, FINALLY, here they are!!!
So here's my first real piece of boy clothing! Hope you love it and it gives you one more boy pattern in a clothing world littered with girl tutorials! :)
As for the fabric, I wandered Jo-Ann's, trying to find something fun and a little different. I thought about some train or monster fabric, but I wanted something a little less kid-ish. I wasn't actually planning on going with a knit, but then I saw this fun gray-colored knit (which just so happened to be super-soft). And then I saw that said knit was "dirty" and, therefore, 75% off. Well, please and thank you, Jo-Ann! Plus, the knit allows me to give it a little rougher look, with exposed seams.
Now, even though knits stretch and woven cotton doesn't, I made my pattern big enough that it will work with a stretch-free fabric, so you have some flexibility. (You'll just have to finish your seams a little more.) You're welcome. :)
1/2-1 yard fabric, depending on size (mine is just 0-6 months-- not much fabric required!)
2 snaps and/or buttons
basic sewing stuff
If you want to make a larger pattern, here's how I did mine...
First, cut your pattern pieces. Sorry! No pictures, but here's what I did.
1. Find a onesie/shirt that fits Little Man. Use this to get your width. Mine (with seam allowance) was 10 inches. You want the bottom of your bib piece to be this width. You can see that my bib is 10 inches wide and 5 inches tall (top right in the pic).
2. To make the legs, find a pair of pants that fit your guy. You're going to use these for the length and the curve that goes under the bum. The width of your legs will depend on that first measurement (my 10 inches). The top of the legs, after you've cut the curve, should be half of that. So, mine is 5 inches.
3. Cut four strips, 2 inches by your first measurement minus 1 inch (9 inches).
4. These aren't shown, but also cut four strips for your straps. Mine were 1.5 by 9 inches.
Once all your pieces are cut, start with your legs. Sew the curves of both your front and back pieces.
Then put them, right sides together, and sew up the sides and from the bottom to crotch.
Hem up the legs. I used this stitch. You could also use a straight stitch or zig-zag. It's up to you. I'm going to use this stitch for other parts of the overalls, so I wanted consistency.
Here's what you have so far.
Turn and topstitch (again, using whatever stitch you'd like!).
Now stitch all four waistband pieces together.
Flip them, right sides out. Now treat them like the two are one strip. Slip them over the pants and pin in place.
Stitch the waistband on. Now we're getting that worn-in, exposed seam looking going. Oh, so boy. :)
Take your shoulder straps and stitch two together. Again, I went for the rugged look, opting not even to finish off the bottom side.
Now center your bib on the front waistband, placing it in between the two front waistband pieces.
Insert your shoulder straps into the back waistband, so they'll fold over and hit in the right place on the bib. Pin them all in place.
Stitch the waistband to the bib and the straps.
Get your snaps and put them on, as indicated by the manufacturer. (If you prefer, you can also do buttonholes here. Snaps are quicker for little ones-- that's why I went with them.)
Then, for an added touch, grab cute little monster buttons that you've been saving just for this moment and stitch them on over the snaps.
Poor Brooksy-Boy had just finished a particularly grueling tummy-time session... thus, the watery eyes.
Mmmmm! Look at those comfy pants!
A little rough around the edges. Love it.
Featured here in a 101 list! I'm honored to be included with such amazing crafters!!