The weather has flipped suddenly and I've been rotating the clothes in the kids' closets and dressers and making plans for summer looks. I've got plenty of patterns to get us through the warm and hot months ahead and have chosen 10 patterns as my go-tos for this year. Half of these I've made before and the other half will be new sews for me. As such, I've shared pictures of my versions where possible and used pictures from the pattern designers for the others. You'll find links to each of the sites for the patterns for more inspiration or to purchase your own copy. And if you don't sew, you know I'd be more than happy to sew for you.
This unisex romper designed for knits has a size range from preemie to 3T. It can also use sewn with non-stretch fabrics if you size up. Whether layered with a tee or tank or on its own, it's a great wardrobe piece when the temps really climb. Straps cross over in the back and fasten in the front.
Why I love it-
Perfect summer basic especially for babies and toddlers.
(While this post is about summer sewing, I must say this one is great in fall too, with tights!)
The Melbourne is a similar yet rather different romper style with a vintage feel. The legs are more like shorts on this romper (more coverage) and the straps fasten in the back. Choose to finish the legs with elastic- cased gathers or keep them straight. Other options include halter straps and strap flutters. The cotton linen version shown here was finished while putting this post together. Suitable for woven fabrics. Sizes 3-6 mo, 6-9 mo, 9-12 mo, 12-18 mo, 2T, 3T, and 4T.
Why I love it-
Multiple style options included in the pattern.
With a size range from newborn to 12, the Teatime Romper covers all. Two inseam lengths included- shorts and full length. It's sweet with the elastic straps as designed (shown above) or mashed with another pattern to create sleeves. It can be sewn in either woven or knit material and I've sewn both.
What I love-
Pattern includes detailed instructions for crotch snaps.
It's time for a new pair of Berry Bubbles for this chunky monkey. She's sporting her newborn-sized pair and, well, she's grown over the winter. The details on this pattern are terrific. The shorts can be straight or gathered (bubble style) and feature pockets. Sizes newborn to 12.
In additional to having stunning details, the option for an adjustable waistband using buttonhole elastic is a great bonus.
A simple and cozy shorts style for knits. This is the last pattern on my list that I've sewn before, but my pictures seem to be hiding from me. (Either that or I'm somewhat disorganized. #probablythelatter) Sizes newborn to 6.
Really easy and quick to sew
The patterns below I have yet to sew. I won't be able to tell you what I love about them just quite yet.
I was excited to snag this pattern for free as part of Twig + Tale's recent celebration for reaching 7,000 FB group members. Unisex, vintage style. Sizes 0-3m to 10.
Simple, flared tank for woven fabrics. Sizes 2-10.
I would pair this top with Air Balloon Shorts or Tree Climber Pantaloons.
Dolman style pinnie with button closure in the back. Options include ruffles or a reversible pinafore. Sizes 6-9m through 8.
This is one of my #2017makeninekids (my version of #2017makenine for kiddos) picks, so I deserve a kick in the pants if I don't get one made this summer. #sewinggoals #sewingschmoals
A basic tee with diagonal color blocking. Great for boys and girls in sizes 2T to 8. Tees are a summer staple. I probably ought to have started sewing these before Christmas.
Includes the pattern for both the diaper cover and the sleeveless top in sizes 0-3, 6, 9, and 12 months.
This last pick is a bit special in that I'm planning to sew one of these sets for Baby C's 1st birthday outfit. Jilly's patterns always have impeccable finishing and I hope the set I sew will get passed down.
It also happens to be another one of the patterns from my #2017makeninekids sewing self challenge. (I'm pitifully behind on that front, bytheway. I, naturally, picked 9 sews for myself for the main challenge (#2017makenine), of which I've sewn two so far. It's just so easy to get distracted by new projects. I'm digressing...)
There you have it. Five summer looks for kids I've sewn before and five new ones I'm hoping to try.
Have you made plans for your summer sewing? I'd love to hear your plans and recommendations.