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I’m thrilled to share with you my latest project! This month on the Sewing Blue Blog Tours, we are making our boys cute patriotic outfits ideal for next month’s Independence Day celebration. If you’re looking for ideas for your 4th of July outfits, check out the rest of the stops on this month’s Guys and Patriotic Vibe Blogs below. As always, thank you to Made for Little Gents for putting together this tour and inspiring me to sew for my boy!
Ironically, one of my most memorable 4th of July celebrations was spent in Jamaica! My husband and I spent our honeymoon there and it coincided with Independence Day. The resort put up a great celebration consisting of delicious American food, music and fireworks at night. I don’t know if it was all the butterflies and excitement of being a newlywed or the fact that we were in a foreign country celebrating our great nation, but those memories definitely stand out. I don’t have good pics, so I’m sharing these so you can get a visual.
Okay now that I’ve gone down memory lane, let’s get into the reason why you’re here: Guys and Patriotic Vibes. As my 2 year old gets bigger, I find it hard to find ready to wear onesies for his size (3T) so when I saw the theme for this month’s tour, I immediately knew I wanted to make him something cute yet comfortable for the summer weather. I’ve been on the hunt for a FREE onesie pattern for size 2T-3T, but I didn’t have any luck so I caved and bought the MCDI Onesie pattern (affiliate link). I originally got the free newborn size pattern from MCDI , which you can find here along with other freebies, but of course that wouldn’t work for my big boy. I do however have a newborn cousin that I began to sew a couple of onesies for.
I love how my boy looks in onesies. I know that may be a bit strange since he is a big kid but I think I love him in onesies because it reminds me of when he was a little baby (tears). My heart melts when I see his beautiful smile!
This is a pattern that I will be making over and over again. As a matter of fact, I started to make 3 more newborn sizes. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish those and I had some problems with my serger so only one looks somewhat okay on the inside. I was really frustrated the night I had all those problems but today when I took photos of my son wearing his onesie, I was reminded why I love to sew and I’m encouraged to make more! Don’t you hate when you feel self doubt? I don’t mind if there are mistakes on my boy’s (as you’ll find out later) but since the newborn sizes were going to be a gift, I really wanted them to be “perfect”. Maybe the onesies won’t be perfect but they’ll be made with lots of love!
Here’s what you will get with the pattern:
- size NB – 36 months
- disposable/cloth diaper pattern option
- short sleeve, no sleeve, long sleeve
- step by step instructions with photos
- helpful tips such as fabric recommendations, fabric stretch percentage guide, and more
- A4/Letter pattern printing option
One of the mistakes I made was not stretching the neckband all the way on the neck opening from shoulder to shoulder. I didn’t realize it until a few steps after where I had to align the front and back bodice pieces. This wasn’t a huge problem, though.
Next when basting my front and back piece, I didn’t make sure the layers were aligned so one piece from the front piece was hanging loose. I knew that once it was on, that area would fall forward and look weird. So how did I fix the problem? I decided to use Kam snaps to decorate the shoulder area but more importantly to hold the layers together. There is no functionality for the snaps but I think it gives the onesie a nice touch.
My last mistake was again not stretching the leg bands all the way to the end of the leg openings. Apparently this is the first time I’ve attached bands? LOL I don’t know what I was thinking but regardless of my mistakes, the onesie turned out great. You can see on the photo below how one leg band is stretched properly on the opening but the one where the scissors are pointing is not. I was particularly nervous about the snap placket but that was easier than I thought. As a final touch, I added white Kam snaps to the placket (not pictured).
Would I recommend this pattern? YES!! Be creative and choose a fun print or panels for your fabric.
When I walked into my local Joann store last month I had two things in mind: affordable and patriotic. I was immediately drawn to this Patriotic Cotton Fabric 43”-Popsicles, which was on SALE so of course I bought it. I think this fabric is fun, patriotic and perfect for my boy who loves ice cream.
Thank you for stopping by today. Leave a comment below letting me know what your plans are for 4th of July and if you plan on making anything for your little ones. Here’s another throwback picture (last year) of my son in patriotic diaper covers I made him. Wow time flies!
Celebrate America with the rest of us! Follow along with the Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents by viewing each blog contributor below.
Fri. June 1 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour)
Mon. June 4 | Family of Makers
Tues. June 5 | Made for Little Gents
Wed. June 6 | Paisley Roots
Thurs. June 7 | My Sewing Roots
Fri. June 8 | EYMM
Mon. June 11 | Ellie & Nels in Stitches
Tues. June 12 | Custom Made by Laura
Wed. June 13 | Our Play Palace
Thurs. June 14 | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy
Fri. June 15 | Dreams & Stitches | The Sewing Goatherd