Toddler Jumpsuit

I am SO proud of this little ditty. What do you think? It was my very first time sewing something other than a dress.

Shorts! Oh, the doors this opens for me. Pants are next.

I was lucky enough to borrow my neighbor’s sewing machine since mine has officially crapped out on me. I had no idea how LOUD my sewing machine was until I used hers. Hers has this quiet little hum. Mine sounds like a diesel truck! It’s so loud, I can’t even sew while Penelope is sleeping because it will wake her up. I need a new sewing machine don’t I?

I used a pattern I found online for the shorts. You can see it here.  Her pdf was for a 2t size, but when I cut out exactly as the pattern is, they were way, way too small. Oh well, I made some very tiny and very cute shorts for a friend of mine that is having a baby girl at the end of the summer.
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I hear there are ways to enlarge a pdf, but my brain is much too small for such things. This is what I did instead. I pinned the paper to my fabric and gave it about an inch and a half wide berth around the edges.

It’s called the Good Enough Stephanie Way. Much to the chagrin of my husband, who does things the Absolute Perfection Peter Way.

Then I used a tank top of Penelope’s to measure the length, width and armhole size for the top part the jumper. It is essentially what a pillow case dress looks like in the beginning of the project, but smaller.
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I sewed along both sides, stopping at the armholes and then finished with pinking shears since I don’t have a serger.
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Then I used bias tape to finish the edges. You can learn how to use bias tape here.
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Then onto the shorts. After you cut them out, unfold your fabric and lay them right sides facing.
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Then sew up the sides, stopping at the crotch area.
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Now you have a tube of fabric. Lay it so they look like shorts, with the crotch at the bottom. So along the crotch area.
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Then fold over once then twice, on each leg and pin in place. Then sew.
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Same thing at the top. On the tiny pair I made, I put elastic in the top. I wanted to put elastic on the legs too, to make them like little bloomers, but I didn’t have enough fabric to make a large enough casing. Elastic is very easy, you can see how to make a casing and use elastic here.
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Then turn both the top and the bottom inside out and pin together.
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You pin the pieces right side facing. And sew together. My shorts were wider than the top, so I made about 4 pleats as I was sewing the top to the shorts.
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Then turn back right side out and viola! So cute, right?! I thought I was going to add elastic to the middle, but when I tried it on her, it fit perfectly with no room for elastic.

Also, because the first shorts I cut out were too small, when I cut out the second pair I had to lay my fabric the opposite way to have enough fabric. Thus, in the shorts the peace signs are going horizontal and in the top they are going vertical. I would have preferred them to be the same.
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Here I am letting her play with pins so I can get a shot in good light. I am an awesome mother, I know. Whatever, it’s good for her fine motor skills, right?

If I had to make this again, I would make it even bigger, she won’t be able to wear this long. And I would have made the effort to run to the fabric store to get matching bias tape. The teal is cute, but it would have been much cuter with a perfectly coordinated color, or maybe that is just the OCD in me talking.

Hope you like!


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  • Lia Dominique Andress
    May 19, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    I like the contrasting teal. I love it!

  • Monica
    May 19, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    I think it looks great– peace signs going sideways, teal trim and all! So cute!!

  • Maureen
    May 19, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    It's lovely! And, I love your names for you and Peter 🙂

  • tryna*
    May 19, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    You did an amazing job! So cute! I need to learn to sew…

  • Stephanie
    May 20, 2011 at 3:07 AM you recognize it? Its what I had left over from making Lucia's dress!
    @Monica…thank you! We will just say it was part of the original design if anyone asks!
    @Thanks Maureen…the are much nicer than the names I have in my head for Peter. 🙂
    @Tryna..thank you!! There are so many great tutorials online. I knew how to thread my machine and do a straight line when I started out and each project I attempt, I just get better and better. You just gotta start! The Bernina store in town has lessons.

  • julie
    May 20, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Sewing is so fun! My machine broke on mother's day 🙁 waiting to see what's wrong, but I think its the computer part 🙁

  • Jessica
    June 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    This is so great, thanks for sharing your process!

    btw, I think a contrasting trim is always cuter. Teal was the way to go 🙂

  • Stephanie
    June 8, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Thanks Jessica! The more she wears the more I like the teal too!

  • Cathy O
    July 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Your project looks great.. My old machine sounded like that, until I took it in to be cleaned, oiled and adjusted now it purrs again and it's over 25 years old. I also has an Atlas antique straight stich only sewing maching that still words and a 15 year old serger. The older machines are great with a little TLC they can last for ever.

  • Unknown
    July 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    It looks so cool i was thinkin oh hey this should be interesting u know a jump suit for a healthy mom and baby and i went thinkin ajumps suit for a mommy too then i looked it`s only for a baby and why not one for the mommy too mabe a 2 piece for her….that would be soo coool don`t you think….my thinkin gets me into trouble at time that`s why i have all these UFOs…..

  • CraftyBox
    July 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Hello from your newest follower! I can't wait to find some spare time to give this jumpsuit a go! Thanks for posting it :).

  • Stephanie
    July 27, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    That is good to know Cathy O! After I posted this, I paid almost $100 and got a tune up and repair. Their was a burr on it or something. It's still loud, but much better!
    @Dora…jumpsuits are all the rage right now, arn't they! I am not sure I could pull one off!
    @CraftyBox…yay! So glad you are here!

  • Janna
    March 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Ithink it looks fantastic! I like the fabric going opposite ways and the teal color. You rock!

    • Stephanie
      March 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      Thanks Janna! I want to make another one for her this summer, waiting on some fabric now!