Like I said in my last post, everyone I know is having a baby, so get ready for a few more baby garment posts 😉
This is McCall’s M4236 pattern. Description: Infants’ Buntings, Jumpsuits, Hats and Blanket: Loose-fitting bunting or jumpsuit has front zipper closure; view A and D have long sleeves with mittens; view B and C are sleeveless; view D and E have snap crotch; view E has stitched hems; hat has turn-back cuff; blanket has purchased binding.
I made view A with a super adorable stretch knit from JoAnn Fabric. This sleeper is for my best friend Sherry and her soon-to-be-here little girl. Sherry isn’t crazy about lots of pink, so I decided to go with a nice pale yellow. Plus I am in love with this print and want my out sleeper made out of it… I am a sucker for baby animals!
This was my first try with any kind of stretchy knit. Overall it was pretty simple to work with once I got the hang of it. I made sure I had a knit needle in the sewing machine and I fussed around with tension settings on my serger. The instructions are very easy and I had no problems with the mittens (I was kind of worried I’d screw them up!)
I didn’t make the little hat or the blanket. I really have no good reason why besides the fact I was being lazy I guess. Although, in my defense it was during the time I was making 101 baby outfits with very limited time!
The hardest part was the zipper. I tried and tried to get it to lay flat but I was having a hell of a time! I sewed it and unpicked it about 3 times before I figured it was good enough… I had enough! But overall it’s not bad at all. Most people wouldn’t even notice but I’m my own worst critic.
I did try my best to line up the animals on the front on each side of the zipper but it was a task! It went well until towards the bottom… oh well – still looks cute and it was my very first time! Overall I’m super pleased with the sleeper and it looks so adorable in person. When I was packing up the gift I was impressed that I had made it, it looked like something you’d buy at the store 🙂 I felt really proud of myself.
When Sherry opened it at her shower she cried a little, tears of joy, not “omg I have to pretend to like this” 😉 HAHA! I can’t wait to see this on the new baby! I’ll post pictures when she’s born and modeling it!