Baby Girl Summer Sewing Patterns

March 18, 2011

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.

McCall's M6059

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.

I found an online tutorial over at Habitual for a gorgeous kimono top, this will be great to keep cool in the hot sun. You have to e-mail someone to get a copy of the tutorial but she sent it through very quickly.
For dresses, I had to ease my covered-shoulders rule when I found this Paper Doll Dress pattern on the Lil Blue Boo site – I’ve completely fallen in love with it. I love those big pockets and I can just picture baby E walking (crawling?) along the beach picking up shells and things and putting them in her pockets. I can’t wait to sew this one.
Another one breaking the covered-shoulders rule is this cute as chips pattern for “short-alls” over on ikatbag. This pattern seems a bit more involved than the others I’ve selected so I doubt I’ll get round to making it before the holidays, but you never know. Well actually, you do know: there’s no way I’ll have time to make it!! But I thought I’d include it anyway as it’s so sweet. And definitely on my wish list.
I get my machine back next week so until then I will concentrate on deciding what fabrics to use and making sure I have everything I need. It’s been a while since I’ve done some serious sewing. Wish me luck!

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Lizzet March 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I am sure the dresses are going to be just great and I am sure your little one will be very happy and will look gorgeous wearing them.
I have never made anything from Sis Boom but planning to make a pair of boxer shorts, I am quite looking forward to make… I just need a bit of spare time and I am done!

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