Little Baby Bug »
InstructionsHaving made this twice now, there's a few things I do to make it easier - the front yoke bit I make by folding and butting the two pieces side by side, rather than the method in the pattern. I also hand-pleated this one, because the pleat-the-whole-width-and-pull-threads-out method described in the pattern left holes in my fabric last time, and it's only 18 pleats, so it's a breeze to do by hand.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Outdoorsy, Traditional, Romantic, Casual, Cute
Cotton knit fabric remnant, thread, embroidery floss
What was your inspiration?
I wanted a cool, long-sleeve top to go with the Big Butt Pants for going out in the Australian scorching sunshine, and I had made this pattern before for a friend's baby. I really like this pattern - I want a big one for me!
What are you most proud of?
Being able to clothe my child in adorable one-off outfits that cost virtually nothing, by using up old remnants.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I put lace stripes on the yoke, but last time I made it, I took the time to embroider the yoke and it looked a lot better. Also, both times I've made this I didn't use the smocking design in the pattern - it's perfectly fine, but just didn't suit the look I was trying to achieve. My advice is, if you feel an existing design needs altering or embellishing, go ahead - your instincts are probably right!