Last weekend I had a rare chance to walk round Chichester without children. It was also the first time I’ve tried looking for baby clothes for Alice in actual shops rather than online and I was slightly taken aback by the prices of some of the things I found. I’m convinced this is at least in part because she’s a girl and girl’s clothing is often more appealing and therefore easier to price up.
In the end I came home almost empty handed except for a multi-pack of M&S t-shirts and I got the sewing machine out. It’s not just the cost, I didn’t want to be sucked into fast fashion of dubious quality and provenance. I have a pretty good fabric stash already and most of the stuff she needs is pretty simple to make and customise. Baby clothing only requires a small amount of fabric and a little knowledge and you can knock up a couple of things in an evening.
My first task was to make some baby skirts. These are simple elastic waist skirts made from one piece of fabric 28″ x 8″. You join the narrow sides together, add an elastic waist (13″ for Alice) sew the hem and you are done. This first one was made from courdroy I had left over from trousers I made for Theo 4 years ago.
Then I made two more. The one below is made from blue cotton from my stash and accessorised with cotton ribbons most of which were salvaged from wrapping over the years. I used the edge of the fabric as the bottom of the skirt so I didn’t even need to add a hem. Very very quick to do…
The M&S t-shirts had a little remake too. I’ve been doing loads of applique recently as I tend to make personalised ones as birthday gifts for Theo’s classmates. Alice’s first one got a simple letter “a” (you may recognise the fabric from the teepee I made!) It looks a bit wonky in this photo, but trust me you don’t notice when she is wearing it!
And a slightly more complicated design (but still easy to do)
There’s a third one from the set which I still have to make and I’m also going to use this pattern to make some bloomers for under the skirts. I’ve also started a Pinterest board of applique ideas, please feel free to follow.