after my last post, i got requests for more baby C on the blog. aaaaand it just so happens the kid is in need of pants, plus this week is kids clothes week, so here ya go! baby toes in baby pants!
remember back when i pattern tested the lullaby layette pattern for Oliver + S? this fella wasn’t born yet, so my nephew modeled them for me. i chose to test the jacket and the bodysuit, but did not test the little pants in the set. i received the finished pattern when it was released as part of my payment, but had actually sort of forgotten about it until Tara sewed some and inspired me, as she always does!
you can see peeks of her rad (borderline baby punk rock?) version on her adorable little fella at the end of this post.
the design of the pants is really cool and i loved the red and black cozy plaid Tara used on the backside, so i went ahead and pretty much copied her.
i layered the plaids precisely before i cut to get some nice matching at the back seam. the plaid brushed cotton (feels like a really soft, thick flannel) is from JoAnn, and the essex yarn dyed steel front is from my sponsor drygoods design. the yarn dyed black pocket is from my scrap bin.
C is at that age where knit pants look a bit too “infant” on him but i don’t like to put him in jeans much since they cut into his tummy. plus he’s almost crawling and i think it’s fun to have some detail on baby butt pants as they scoot away.
these pants were really fun to sew – i highly recommend them. the construction was different and interesting – there’s no front crotch seam and the back pieces wrap around to the front. perfect design for a little colorblocking/print mixing. and quick, too!
i made the 6-12 month size and they’re roomy on him but not overly so; 8 month old C is on the upper end of the height chart but average weight. i’m sure by the time he’s closer to 12 months he’ll be ready for the next size…lengthwise anyway. they have a bit of a loose harem/drop crotch fit and i don’t see them getting too tight on him anytime soon. shortness will be a factor far sooner.
C’s amazing blanket was a baby gift from Emily. it’s double gauze and hand tied with some fluffy batting and fantastic japanese fabric and his name embroidered on the other side. it was so generous and thoughtful of her to make it for him – she sent it when he was tiny and it has gotten SO much use in this guy’s lifetime; plus it’s big enough that i napped under it in those early months when he was constantly cranky with reflux and i was super exhausted.
you’d never know he had a rough start – the little guy is so pleasant and easygoing now!
okay i’ve got one Halloween costume almost done, let’s see how quickly i can wrap it up and show it to you…the fabric E and i picked out has been DRIVING ME CRAZY. argh. you’ll see what i mean.