Dino Romper.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

One of my creations got featured on the final roundup for Elsie Marley's kids clothes week challenge!  Thank you, Elsie!

While everyone else in my house was fast asleep each night last week, I turned up my music and went to work sewing clothes for kids.  I love that time.  I won't lie -- it's very hard to get myself out to the sewing room after a long day.  But once I'm there, I lose myself in the process of sewing.  Stress disappears, the to-do list that constantly haunts me retreats, the noise of busy life quiets.  Before I know it, I'm completely engrossed in the details of creating.  The feel of pushing a rotary cutter through fabric, the sound of steam rushing from the iron, the rhythm of the sewing machine, the heat of the lights and machines.  These are the things that keep me going well into the night.

Because I love the process and the details, I sew slowly.  This is my second kids clothes week challenge, and I have learned that at the end of one week, I have much less to show for my time than many.  But I have also learned that output is only a small part of why I sew.

I'll show what I made soon, but first, here's the romper that made Elsie's roundup:

I made this for my new nephew, using the Fishsticks Designs (formerly Fishsticks and Fries, I believe) Austin Lee Coverall and Romper pattern, which I purchased as a PDF from the Fishsticks Etsy shop.  I love this pattern -- very cute, easy, perfect for a baby gift.

I made size 0-3 months, which is still a bit big for tiny baby nephew.  So I haven't been able to try this on a baby yet.  Can't wait to see it on the little guy!

I used a Snap Source snap setter for this project, which worked perfectly.  I didn't have enough snaps of any one color, so I alternated orange and green.  I ended up loving that fun detail:

The fabric here is Michael Miller's Dino Dudes in interlock.  It's not exactly an original choice -- one of the examples on the Fishsticks site was made with this fabric (although it is the other design).  My sister loves this fabric and chose the quilting cotton for a faux chenille blanket, which my mom made for the baby boy.  I happened to have some Dino Dudes in interlock, so of course I had to make a coordinating romper.

Construction Notes:  Fabrics should always be prewashed, especially when making something for baby.  But most especially when using Michael Miller interlock knits, because they shrink A LOT (20% maybe?). 

Unlike many PDF patterns, the Austin Lee romper pattern is easy to assemble, using just a few pieces of paper.  Very refreshing.

The romper itself is pretty easy to assemble too.  I do think the seam allowance could be clearer in a few places.  For example, if you used the 1/2" seam allowance on the crotch gusset, it would pretty much disappear.  I think 1/4" seam allowance works much better there and, although I can't be sure, I think that's what the photo shows.  Also, I should warn that there are a couple of places where you must stitch through a lot lof layers of fabric.  My Pfaff handled it fine, but I'm not sure all machines would handle it as well. 

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