We originally shared this post as part of GYCT’s baby series. We are bringing it home and have expanded the free sizes available! The pattern below is available for download HERE. It comes in sizes 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 12 months.
Hi! My name is Rachel, I blog over at Once Upon a Sewing Machine with my mom Donna. We primarily sew for my two little ones, but today I’m sharing a little top I put together for my two new nieces! I was lucky enough to welcome in a niece on both sides of my family this Fall.
I’m in the Midwest so layering is great for a big chunk of the year. I made up a little tunic top for the girls, something fun to slide over a long sleeve onsie. Then when the inevitable happens and some one barfs or spills you can pull off and replace, hopefully with out having to get the kiddo totally naked!
These go together really quick! I did some tweaks to the pattern shape after the first run through, don’t let that throw you the pieces are all the same.
1/2- 3/4 yard of fabric (I used a woven, but if you want to use a knit I would recommend sizing down)
3″ of 1/8″ elastic or elastic thread
Your 3-6 month, 6-9 month, 12 month free pattern, Download it HERE
Use a 3/8″ allowance through out.
Make sure you are printing at 100% or “no scaling”. Do NOT print from the preview mode this will screw up your scaling. Measure your 1″ squares, there is one on every page. Remember even a small discrepancy in scaling can compile to make a big difference in sizing. Cut out to the outside of the light gray line line that borders the pattern pieces. When you lay out your pages it will look like this-
Here we go!
I like an elastic loop for dressing babies- easier to dress a moving baby!
Sew both your shoulders (RST)
Repeat with your facings. I would recommend finishing the bottom of your facing pieces. You can serge them, use pinking shears or put a tiny hem in.
Baste your elastic loop to the back of your garment. Drop it down about an inch from the top, adjust your loop size based on the size of your button.
Lay your facings RST with your garment. You are going to sew the around the armholes and up the back around the neck and back down.
Clip your corners and your curves and turn! Then press, press, press.
Match your back seam right sides together. Sew from the bottom all the way up to meet your previous sewing line. You may have to lift your facings to make sure you don’t catch them.
Pin your side seams. Make sure to match your facings right sides together also underneath the arm. You will sew the entire side seam continuously and then fold your facing back down. Repeat for the other side seam.
Top stitch the neck line and armholes.
Sew on a button.
And finish your hem using your desired method. If you are going to turn under I would do a 1/4″, press, roll another 1/4″, hem. (I added binding to dress mine up!)
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Rachel and Donna