A little bit of newborn sewing for you – with mixed results. I have e friend who just had a teeny weeny little girl (hooray for little girls), about the same size as mini (around 6lb), which is a pretty difficult size to get clothes for, not quite a preemie, not quite a newborn size. so I decided to stitch up a quick little tunic dress for her, which could be worn over a babygro and maybe as a top a little later on.
Turns out, this is a great project for a long quarter of fabric, the proportions are just about right for a 0-3 months size, and overall yeah, it turned out okay, but there were a few bumps in the road, so sorry for being a Debbie Downer but I’m gonna tell you about all of the problems!!
So, I used the ‘jumper’ style from the Baby Basics pattern by Shwin, which has pattern pieces for two dresses, leggings and cute little bloomers too. I don’t know what a jumper is in the US, (can any sewers across the pong shed light on this?), but I’m guessing it’s a kind of dungaree/tunic top, or maybe an a-line over-dress?
I gotta be honest, I was kind of annoyed and unsure about the pattern, I cut it in the smallest size, and the main bodice piece turned out a bit weird. It was too small across the main part of the top for what I was expecting, I thought there would be some way of joining the side parts together (like it said in the instructions), but after the seam allowance there wasn’t really anything left to join. I went of the option without the side tabs, because they looked a bit clunky in the design, but perhaps that’s what’s missing across the side.
I also didn’t like the way the sort is cut in such a dramatic point, it’s really difficult to make it lie flat as it kept bunching on the point, no matter how much I clipped it. I also decided about half way through to line it fully, as it left a rather ugly seam across the front, where it’s really obvious, and there wasn’t anything left to tuck under like you’d usually do with a lining.
I made the front a little bit more interesting by inserting a bit of blue cotton ricrac that I had left over in my stash – also to make the join a little bit less obvious, but I was super bummed that I’d cut the pattern leaving a gap near the centre line where the mice are sitting down, and that the the top part is sort-of-but-not-quite matching with the skirt. Ho-hum. Perfectionist alert!!
But overall, it’s a super cute little pattern, and I like the contrast of chocolate brown, cream and shades of pale blue, I think they’re modern, off-beat colours for a baby girl, and a huge contrast to thermal wishy-washy pastels.
Anyway, I’m really into the pattern, especially the mice on bicycles, and the hipster mice with glasses! Who wouldn’t love that.
It’s Mousey Mouse by Makower, and it comes in two lighter colours, cream and green, but they look quite different.
The cream one’s got a very different feel, right? Still pretty cute though.
Anyway, I don’t know if I’ll use the pattern again, it seemed a pretty dramatic a-line on a very small dress, and the straps at the neckline seemed awfully long and narrow. I guess it’s pretty hard to tell until it’s on, but I’m pretty unsure, so much so that I decided to make another one to compensate (also the finish on the inside was pretty wobbly, not helped by the last minute lining decision).
Next time, I’ll experiment in a bigger size,