Added Apr 9, 2013
Last August we celebrated the baptism of our son. The invitation was designed in a nautical theme, and so we decided the dress should be in the same style.
In my mother’s Burda magazine 07/2012 I found lots of nice patterns, and we chose the Sailor Baby Top 07/2012 #142. But as we didn’t know how the weather would we and as we didn’t want our baby boy to feel cold in the church, I decided to make the top with long sleeves. To make the little one feel as comfortable as possible, I made the top of a vintage white piqu knit from my mothers stash. The back buttons are Kam snaps as I don’t like to sew button holes in knit fabrics.
The nautical style was accentuated with sewn-on navy-blue grosgrain ribbons with white stitches on them.
The outfit was completed by navy blue popeline trousers (pattern from the same magazine) and a white sailor hat (woven white cotton fabric) for which I found a pattern in an Ottobre magazine.
I even found a very talented knitter in Germany (I live in Switzerland) who customs-made a pair of matching Converse knit baby shoes in navy and white.
It was an extremely hot day, and I was happy that the fabrics I used for the clothes were very light. My little son looked like a sweet little sailor in his dress!
I even made a girl’s sailor dress for his big sister, my daughter. This style is never out of fashion, and all kids look adorable dressed like little sailors! Perfect for summer!
Fabric: lightweight white vintage Piqu knit, woven white cotton fabric for the collar and the sailor hat, navy popeline for the trousers.
Notions: Kam snaps, navy stitched grosgrain ribbon, white cotton ribbon for the hat-band
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