Well its getting closer and close to the time that The Bump should be making an entrance. I have been having such a mental block about sewing for the baby because my first born was a super chunk and didn’t fit into traditional sizes. So if this one follows suit then I expect I’ll have to grade sizes. But I also don’t know how much sewing time I’ll have early on. So I finally decided to break my mental block and sew a capsule for three sizes. I can always add more outfits if I need, and I’m going to try to use grow with me patterns as much as possible.
Whenever I set to sew a collection I like to start with brainstorming on paper first. I typically like to sketch the designs too, but, well I’m very pregnant right now and got a little lazy #selfcare. I didn’t end up doing these patterns exactly but it helped to give me a jumping off point… So I haven’t mentioned the gender of The Bump yet….. Its a girl!!!!! So these patterns will be slightly more geared towards have a baby girl but I’ll mention more boyish options within the patterns.
Also I not really a fan of the traditional kimono style tops or onesies so I didn’t include any of those patterns, but there are a lot of options for those out there. You can drop a comment of one you like below, or ask for recommends and I can link what I would use if I were to make them.
The next step was printing the patterns. I started with just printing the patterns I planned to use for the newborn sizes. TRUTH: This was my least favorite part, but once its done I have the patterns ready forever….. so there is an upside. especially when I need to make baby gifts for friends/family.
There are multiple patterns that I want to use in multiple sizes so I like to print the pattern once. Cut it out in the biggest size. Then trace onto my beloved “>butcher paper the smaller sizes. That way I save ink and printer paper (which is more expensive then the butcher paper).
To organize myself I got a “>4” Heavy Duty Binder, “>Binder Dividers, and “>clear page protector sheets to store the patterns in. I like the Binder Dividers that have a pocket so if I print a pattern and don’t get to taping it right away I can stick it in there and come back to it later. I also really love my “>label machine to put labels of the names of the patterns on each page protector sheet, I always thought these machines were much more expensive then they are, they are actually pretty affordable and I use it all the time.
The next step was figure out which fabrics to use. Since I was starting with the Newborn size I really wanted to clear out some of my scraps… so scrap diving I went! I am having a summer baby so I started with fabric bases: Cotton Lycra (CL), Bamboo, athletic fabrics, and light weight FT. Then I pulled whatever scraps I could find in those bases. Once I had everything I could pull from scraps I went through my bigger fabric stash and picked fabrics to pair with them.
When creating the outfits I started with the scraps and my tops patterns. I figured out which patterns matched each scrap shape/design best. Then I pulled my bigger fabric pieces for completing the tops/bottoms. Now I’ll go through and list fabric bases, where I got them, patterns (and the options within the patterns) that I used for each outfit.
This the Sugar Pea top by Goober Peas Designs in tunic length made with bamboo (stripes from Made by MacDuckie) and cotton modal (light pink, I don’t remember where its from). The bottoms are the Pitaya Bummies pattern from Sew Like My Mom made with Cotton Lycra from Snowy Owl Custom Fabrics (I really like their solid Cotton Lycra, its a great weight, soft/silky feel, and comes in 70 WOF so its a nice big piece).
This is the tank version with flutter sleeves from the Sunshine suit pattern by Max & Meena made with Tactel (a type of athletic fabric) from Fabric Mart (but they don’t have it in stock often, Phee is more consistent with this type of fabric, its wonderfully soft, light weight, and moisture wicking). The bottoms are the Pitaya Bummies Pattern from Sew Like My Mom (again) this time with the ruffle butt option made in Cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress.
This is the tank version with flutter sleeves from the Sunshine suit pattern by Max & Meena (again) made with bamboo from TKB (but they don’t carry that base anymore, now I like to get my bamboo from Mily Mae Fabrics and Snowy Owl). I added a heart appliqué because there was a hole in the front (this bamboo piece was from a scrap pack) it was so soft I had to use it and this was an easy fix! The bottoms are the Pitaya Bummies Pattern from Sew Like My Mom (again) made from light weight FT (I cant remember where this one is from either).
The top is the 25K Karat Dolman by Max and Meena (ITS FREE with the code in the pinned post of their facebook group) made from Cotton Lycra (floral is from Raspberry Creek and the stripes are yarn dyed from TKB). The bottoms are the Pitaya Bummies Pattern from Sew Like My Mom (again… hint all these bottoms are from the same pattern) with the pockets option made from the same fabrics as the top.
The top is the 25K Karat Dolman by Max and Meena (ITS FREE with the code in the pinned post of their facebook group) made from Cotton Lycra (pink, from a fabric store in the LA fabric district) and lightweight FT (green floral, but I cant remember where its from). The bottoms are the Pitaya Bummies pattern from Sew Like My Mom made with Cotton Lycra (same as the top).
This is the tank version with flutter sleeves from the Sunshine suit pattern by Max & Meena (again, I really liked this pattern and it fit a lot of my scrap pieces) made with Cotton Lycra (the red is from Purple Seamstress and the Berries print is from Snowy Owl). The bottoms are the Pitaya Bummies Pattern from Sew Like My Mom (again… these pockets are perfect for boys and girls and such a great way to use the super small scraps) with the pockets option made from the same fabrics as the top.
This isn’t officially apart of my baby’s capsule but I thought it was an honorable mention… My sister in law also happens to be pregnant right now so I made them a few pairs of grow with me pants (she’s due in winter). The pattern I used is Forever Fit Joggers by Halla. I really like using grow with me pants patterns as gifts because its easy to pair with onesies which I know is a lot of peoples preferred top for babies. This pattern fits 0-6 months which is awesome since babies grow so quickly. The cuffs fold/unfold to add length which allows the pants to be worn longer. Fabrics used:
Right: ribbed velvet which really looks like corduroy and feels super soft and stretchy (I have no idea where I got it from though). I ended up making a second pair of these for my babe too, but I’ll showcase that in the next few size capsules.
Don’t forget to sign up with your email so you can see the 3-6 month and 6-9 month patterns I’ll be using… I included a lot more grow with options for those too since I have no idea what size the baby will at that point, did I mention my first was a super chunk?