I am off on holidays to somewhere lovely and hot in just under 5 weeks. My sewing machine is currently away on its own holiday, being serviced, so while it’s away I’ve spent lots of time looking for sewing patterns for baby girls’ summer clothes. The criteria being that they must be super easy to sew, as I can’t get much sewing time in before we go; and designed for woven fabrics, as I don’t think knits will be very comfy in the searing heat.
I find it frustrating how few sewing patterns for baby girl summer tops or dresses feature covered shoulders. Instead they’re all strappy tops – what about sunburn, people??
I was so happy when I finally found this pattern by Sis Boom for a beach cover-up that ranges from 6months to 11 years. It’s a downloadable pattern and contains instructions for three different sleeve lengths and tunic lengths, so I have a feeling I’ll be making this over and over again. I haven’t tested the pattern yet but the instructions look brilliant – very comprehensive, with step by step photographs. It’s a simple design but you wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to find a pattern like this.
Out of the traditional pattern companies, McCalls definitely have the nicest ones for baby girls. With the traditional companies I find it difficult to ignore the often very dated pictures on the front of the patterns and to imagine what the pattern would look like made up with decent, modern fabric. But McCalls do have some nice ones, and I especially like M6059 which features shorts whose legs are gathered in to a band, and a simple, pretty top that doesn’t have sleeves but at least does cover the shoulders.