I’ve been making for someone else recently! I am feeling very virtuous and selfless (ignore my wee break into selfish sewing to create my Geodesic!) and I am utterly chuffed to bits with the finished result.
These are the Frankie Dungarees by Two Stitches, a small pattern company that sell their patterns through John Lewis.
When my sister and I first discussed me making some dungarees for my wee nephew, Harris, we looked at a fair few patterns but it wasn’t long before she chanced upon the Frankie Dungarees and we both knew they would be perfect.
I made size 6-12 months for Harris, as he’s just 6 months old, so he should be able to grow into them. The fabric came from two different sources (ordered by Jen) and although the red fabric is nice, the bear fabric is just divine. After pre-washing it, it came out all fluffy and soft, it’s listed as flannel, so I should have expected it but it’s just perfection.
We have a bit of both fabrics left over, so they’ll be useful for other projects in the future. The bear fabric is one to be treasured.
The pattern came together nicely, although tracing and cutting out all the pieces took forever. Two evenings! They’re so small and fiddly, but once I got going it was no bother at all. I love the attention to detail: all the pockets, the straps, the edgings and turn ups at the hems are lined and it just makes it so pretty.
There were a couple of head scratching moments, really because the instructions don’t call the pieces by the full names and the illustrations sometimes didn’t show exactly what I needed to see, but I suppose as the dungarees are not labelled a beginner pattern, why did I expect to have my hand held?
I decided to topstitch in red, to really highlight the red parts, and I’m so glad that I did. I feel it just adds another touch. It also forced me to practice my topstitching, but I’m pretty chuffed with how it’s turned out.
Luckily, just after finishing (the buttons and snaps really did arrive at the last minute!) I was heading back to the mainland prior to going on holiday, and I got to see Harris in the dungarees. He looks utterly adorable and hopefully he’ll get plenty of wear out of them this winter. Compared to knitting, which is always worrying with washing, I know that these dungarees can just be thrown in the machine and it’ll be no problem. I put the fabric through a really touch pre-wash so there shouldn’t be any shrinkage (did I just jinx everything by saying that?!!!).
And after my first foray into sewing for babies, I really enjoyed it! I liked the teeny tiny seam allowances (6mm) and it was good practice for my patience in working with the wee pattern pieces. I think these will get a lot of wear, and to think of my gorgeous wee nephew wearing these out and about is enough to get me making something else right away! Jen… what’s next?!