I decided to make some clothes for my grandson GERONIMO and had enough material to make his little brother a matching outfit. We celebrated GERONIMO's 2nd birthday with a trip to the zoo.
I found the guitar print fabric at Walmart and knew it would be perfect. The lighter colored cotton fabric for the shorts came from Hobby Lobby.
The shorts are made using the Lucy one piece pdf pattern for pants and shorts by Joanne Greathead. I downloaded this pattern a couple of years ago from Burda and can no longer find the link. If anyone knows where the link is found, please share it in the comment section. I'd love to link it back to the proper source. It is a great pattern and so simple to use!
Here is a photo of the pdf pattern pieced together and cut.
Here is the pattern itself. Sorry you can't download it as pdf, but at least you can print it out on standard 8.5" x 11" paper. Just right click on the large image on the right, click Save As and then save it (4 in all) as a png image. Then voila! You can print it out too! I love free patterns, don't you? The largest size shown is 12 to 18 months and was not included on original pattern. I added it in myself for my own grandchildren because I needed a larger size. To make the shorts, just shorten the length of the trousers to your desired length plus hem allowance.
The pattern for the shirts is Simplicity 3765 . My dear friend BINGO gave me a bunch of baby size patterns, and I found this one amongst them. It was perfect!
Since the LARGE size was 18 months and I knew it needed to be just a bit bigger, I increased the size of the Large 18 months shirt pattern by one size to fit the birthday boy. The smaller one is size SMALL 6 months. It is hard to see in the photo but I did a bit of decorative stitching around the neck. Instead of using regular interfacing, I used a scrap piece from a well-worn bed sheet for my interfacing and stitched it to the neck with the decorative stitching. I'd rather have soft cotton touching their necks than store-bought interfacing because it will feel better on their sensitive skin. Instead of Velcro, I chose to use snaps for the closure. Machine sewing through Velcro with adhesive is not a good idea. Inside the sleeves of the smaller shirt, I stitched very narrow yellow ribbon to keep the machine stitching from scratching my grandson's tender skin.
I used the same ribbon inside the legs of the shorts behind the decorative stitching for the smaller size.
I really enjoy making clothes and things for my family. I think I'll make several more pairs of the shorts in various prints and colors for this summer.
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