I’ll show you some things I’ve made recently.
First things first, I’ve got a baby’s butt to keep covered, so I did the mundane, cheapskate thing and made a bunch of diapers. Using this pattern:
I made two dozen diapers. Most of them are just boring, plain white:
with blue topstitching, but some of them I splashed out a bit and cut a decorative outer layer in this “Wild West” themed craft fabric:
With the Wild West fabric, I switched to red topstitching, as I thought that would look nice with the brown print.
I modified this pattern a bit. The original design was for all-in-one diapers which are quite a convenience in theory, but in practice, take for ages and ages to dry. So, I took inspiration from some hand-me-down pocket diapers a friend had passed along to us, and left an opening between the lining and the waterproof shell in the back and made removable absorbent pads. That way, I can line dry the shells outside and sun-bleach away the poo-stains and run the absorbent pads through the dryer on hot to dry them quickly. I don’t think the dryer would be at all good for either the waterproof shell or the velcro anyway, so this ends up working out very well.
This is the result of another of the Sunrise Designs patterns, and I must say, I have had nothing but good results with these old trace-and-sew patterns. They may date back to 1981 and may be from an obscure publisher, but they are reliable and make some cute, cute things. I’ve become a big fan of trace-and-sew patterns because they are so economical. I have a roll of parchment paper, such as you’d use for baking, if (unlike me) you bake anything at all delicate. I use it for tracing patterns as it is semi-transparent and won’t let ink soak through. I have used it to copy my diaper patterns, and also to copy all the sizes of a cute sailor suit and romper pattern that I’m planning on using extensively.
I think the romper suit (with the suspenders) will be part of Joseph’s first Tweed Ride outfit next spring. I feel that he should be exposed to dapper dressing upon occasion from an early age. He may grow up and prefer to be a total scruff, but I want him to at least have the opportunity to enjoy smart clothing!