Hello! My name is Natasha, and I live in Toronto with my husband and 9-month-old-son. I love to sew, and have just begun my journey into working with knits.
When I offered to write about a project, I already had a pattern in mind. My little boy is…not so little! He has a long torso and a big cloth diaper bum, and so it has been hard to find clothes that fit him – especially rompers, sleepers, and onesies. I wanted to make a simple, modern one-piece outfit for him that would fit him perfectly. No more too-long legs or too-tight waist!
The pattern I chose is the Harem Coverall from Brindille and Twig. Interestingly, this pattern pulls up through the neck opening, like a swimsuit. I wasn’t sure how this would work with frequent diaper changes and a chubby baby! However, all the reviews said it was a great pattern and easy to pull on and off.
I decided to work with mottled sweatshirt fabric in light grey. I needed fabric with good stretch and recovery. The sweatshirt fabric is 95% cotton/5% spandex and not too heavy – I wanted to make something that he could wear in the summer, too, if it still fit by then!
When the fabric arrived in the mail, I was really thrilled with how soft it was. Not overly stiff or thick, it was the perfect choice for a baby! I used a coordinating jersey knit in black and white crosses for the short sleeves and neckband. This also had great stretch and recovery, which was especially key for the neckband.
The first challenge came in choosing which size to make. By the pattern’s measurements, he is in the 3-6m size for leg length, and the 18-24m size for torso length! I picked the 18-24 month size, and shortened the legs a bit.
Unfortunately, the gamble I took with the sizing didn’t quite work out – I forgot that the reviews said the pattern ran a bit big! It was clear that he needed a smaller size (though the leg length was just about right!) which isn’t so bad – we’ll put this one away for a few months until he grows into it!
Thankfully, there was enough fabric left to make another! This time, I went one size smaller, I added a hood (modified from another Brindille and Twig pattern), and made it sleeveless.
It turned out wonderfully. It is very easy to stretch the neck opening to pull it up over his fluffy diaper, and the neckband recovers perfectly after being stretched. It has a little bit of room through the body for him to grow in the next few months.
The sweatshirt fabric is a great choice for this pattern – I’m especially pleased that it is warm enough for a cold Toronto winter!