My friend is having a BABY GIRL! After a long, long stretch of boy babies, I finally have a reason to use up some of my fabric stash for dresses and girl outfits! Well, and maybe just make an extra purchase for sloth fabric, because this momma loves sloths. Ha! In any case, I made this little top & bloomers set by mixing and matching two patterns, and also, altering the top pattern a bit.
If you haven’t gone to Oliver & S yet to check out their range of free & paid patterns, head over there NOW. I’ve used quite a few of their patterns and find them useful and easy enough that I use them over & over. I think I’ve made a dozen of the bucket hats! Another favorite is the Popover Sundress, which I used as the basis for the top in this set.
By just taking off a few inches from the bottom and adding a split hem, I altered the dress pattern to be a top. I also added a little bit of elastic to the top to make it a little stretchy. And, after learning to make my own bias tape at a quilting class, I’ve never second-guessed choosing a clothing pattern that uses it. If you’ve never made your own bias tape, it really is a very useful thing to know and really is not as difficult or time-consuming as you might fear. And yes, I put all of my store-bought bias tape into the donation bin recently!
For the pantaloons/bloomers I used another favorite — Tie Dye Diva Patterns. Total confession, making bloomers are not my favorite thing in the world because of the leg elastic. But these pantaloons with their slightly longer leg and elastic covered by bias tape or ribbon are super cute and much easier for me, at least!
I can’t wait til baby arrives and the weather warms up enough for her to model her sloth outfit!
Fabric: Cotton & Steel
Designer: Sarah Watts
Top: Lazy Day in Neutral/Blue
Bottoms: Palm in Dusty Blue.