I have had such fun making these little sunsuits! Everything that was in the lineup to be worked on was 'put on the back burner' so that I could have fun with this darling pattern. Lisa over at Mommy's Apron Strings has provided the sewing community with this little reproduction of a vintage pattern in sizes 6 months-3 years... for FREE! (You can read all about it on Lisa's blog HERE. ) For my first one, I made the pattern as directed in the instructions but added snap tape to the opening at the crotch instead of setting snaps. I used a sweet little toile cotton with teddy bear scenes printed over the toile and lined it with a solid pink cotton. I chose to make these sunsuits in size 2 because I know several little girls in this size and will let my friends choose which ones they want.
I really do love the simplicity of this pattern. It is a perfect canvass for all kinds of embellishments.
I decided to make a little sun bonnet to match the sunsuit. I used another reproduction vintage pattern by Bonnie Blue Designs ("Amanda's Vintage Style Playsuit and Bonnet"). I liked the open back but changed it to be adjustable by putting in a casing for the ribbon. I only had a short length of the pink grosgrain ribbon to use in the casing. I'll replace it with a longer length as soon as I can get to JoAnn's.
This next sunsuit is also in a size 2 and I made some design changes with this one. (I told you I was having fun!) This time I color blocked the sunsuit and made a little penny pocket.
Backside of pocket with the sides turned in and the bottom of the pocket slightly gathered to give it the puffiness. The bias has been applied by machine to the gathered top of the pocket and it is now ready for the handwork on the back.
Here it is from the front.
And here is the little penny pocket hand sewn (little slip stitches all around) to the front of the sunsuit.
So far, this one is my favorite but I have another one finished that my daughter adores. She has asked that it be added to the stash in my grandmother's hope chest. I'll show that one late next week. I want to make a little hat for that one, too, and I won't be able to sew it until I come back from visiting my dear friend Jana in Georgia. I have several posts scheduled to 'air' while I am gone. I still have lots to share!
I have definitely enjoyed sewing these little suits! Would you believe that there is a fourth one already cut out?! FUN!