After the success of the bear dungarees I made for my gorgeous wee nephew in the summer, we’ve been planning on a pair of jersey dungarees too. When I saw Marie-Fleur’s outfit for her wee boy, I showed it to Jen (Harris’ mum/ my sister) and it all just fell into place.
We initially hoped to get some of the Chat Chocolat fabric, but couldn’t source it in the UK, and so the search was on. The fabric eventually came from Caboodle Textiles (fabric now unavailable online) but I ordered too little at first! I was working out how to do it, when Christmas came and went. Then, having ordered more, I made it for his first birthday instead.
I made the size 12-18 months, so it has a bit of growing room. At the moment, the cuffs are doubled over and there’s room for him to grow in all directions. Harris wears reuseable nappies (which are absolutely gorgeous!!) so has a rather well-padded bum, but these fit gloriously, giving that lovely comfy loose look that I so adore on children.
The sewing was super easy and it came together really quickly. I used mustard jersey on the cuffs for a flash of bright, and the back of another fabric for the facing. This worked well as the backing is plain blue, whereas the back of the bears is white and I didn’t want a pattern on the facing.
The snaps were a last minute purchase from Minerva when I discovered I didn’t have any suitable in my stash. I went for yellow, but when they arrived they were really bright yellow so I ordered a mixed pack and the orangey/yellow ones in that worked perfectly with the mustard cuffs.
Finishing these fitted in very nicely with paying a short visit home to see everyone prior to going to a yoga festival on Loch Fyne (more about that soon!), and the dungarees were straight onto Harris. He really suited them and posed obligingly for photos, although he moves so fast now that the focus isn’t always the best!
I just adore seeing my nephews: Harris is at the age where he changes so much every time I see him, and he’s just a joy. Ruaridh, who is three, is a real character, great fun and loves the outdoors too. We took a wee walk along the burn at the bottom of their garden and I could have spent the whole day with him, exploring and having fun.
Jen has actually started sewing again, making gorgeous jersey dungarees for Harris, and part of the reason behind this is watching the Great British Sewing Bee. I have a feeling that demand for my sewing skills will drop off as she does more and more, but there’s a definite joy to be gained in sewing for babies, so I might not be stopping any time soon!