This is the story of how I came to design the onesie pattern. Actually, it’s not a story at all – my baby didn’t have enough onesies and they are so expensive that I wanted to make my own. First I bought a pattern from Mccalls (I think). When I opened up the envelope I laughed out loud! My itty bitty baby was CERTAINLY not going to fit into that gargantuan thing! I should dig it out and line up my pattern with it to see how it compares. I’m pretty sure that my size 18 months would be similar to the newborn size on the mccalls pattern. lol. Obviously wasn’t going to work. I did what any pattern designer would do….I decided to make a GREAT design that was intended for REAL babies…not gargantuan ones. After about 50 hours of measuring and drawing, I came up with the first onesie design. Here is Claire modeling it:
After she wore the onesie all day, I decided to adjust the legs and sleeve length on the pattern. Then I made a few more onesies with the new pattern and loved them! I got this fantastic idea that I could make these onesies out of purchased fabric, but better yet, I could recycle old shirts to make some one of a kind onesies! Here is a onesie that has turned into my favorite one – it’s made out of a t-shirt with a giraffe on the front:
In fact, I liked the giraffe onesie so much that I decided to model Claire in it! Here is one of my favorites of her modeling for the onesie pattern:
Do you like it? If you want to make your own, check out the onesie pattern now!
I made that hair bow with left over fabric from the t-shirt and the binding. The binding was made out of a different shirt that needed to be recycled. Here is a better one of the bow:
The flower reminded me of bananas….giraffe….jungle.
In a nutshell, I loved making this pattern. It took me longer then I thought it would as it was my first baby shirt design. Now that the sizing is spot on, expect some more great baby shirt designs.
This onesie pattern features the fold over shoulders, but I would like to design a pull-over, T-shirt style onesie. I think it would make the sewing a smidge faster.
As a mom who has 6 kids, all VERY different sizes, I knew there would be some mamma out there who wouldn’t try the pattern because her baby was so chubby. SO I decided to make a ‘comfy’ size onesie. It is the exact same length, but has more wiggle room in the shoulders, armholes, leg holes and tummy. It’s great for those babies with the extra ‘chub love’.
With the purchase of my onesie pattern, you get a fitted pattern (sized nb-36 months) and a comfy pattern (also sized nb-36 months). That’s 18 patterns in all!
As far as closure, I am all about snaps. I just plain like them. However, I know that some people just prefer velcro (or it’s cheaper, therefore better!), so I also included directions on how to apply the velcro so that it is less likely to irritate baby’s skin.
Regardless of what closure you decide to use on your onesies, the design is great for completely concealing diapers. I love that if she is only wearing a onesie, there isn’t any diaper poking through. Here is a picture of Claire modeling the onesie pattern to show you there isn’t any diaper poking through.
Well, I think that does it. Go to my website and get the onesie pattern to make your own now!
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