Friends of ours are taking their 8 month old son to a couple of weddings on the East Coast in October and they wanted a baby friendly “suit” for him. I’d never made anything like this before, but I love trying new things. Here is the finished outfit!
I made the vest from a pattern I purchased on etsy and the pants using this tutorial from made. The part I had the most difficulty with was finding the fabric. I wanted something that looked suit-like, but was machine washable and dryable – incredibly important for anything coming within a couple feet of a baby! This is a MUST for most of my projects and ruled out any wool or wool blend fabrics. I also didn’t want it to be too thick or stiff so lil Tucker, who is starting to crawl, would be free to move. Lastly, I didn’t want it to look too old for a youthful guy like Tuck.
What I ended up getting was a polyester fabric from Fabrix in the Inner Richmond. This place can be great. It’s like shopping at Ross or a thrift store. You have to dig and dig for something amazing, but when you find exactly what you want, it’s like striking gold. And generally it’s very very inexpensive. Most of the time I walk out empty handed, especially when I’m looking for something very specific. But if you are just looking for some fun and cheap fabric, I highly recommend it. I found a bunch of great suit-like fabrics that are all polyester (machine washable) and I’ve already made a wallet for Hideko and I can’t wait to make some vests for Yuki!
The best thing about this project is that it forced me to make buttonholes. Up until now, I’ve avoided them completely by using zippers, snaps, and button loops. But for a vest, it was unavoidable. I found the buttonhole foot, read the instruction manual for the sewing machine and . . . I could not figure it out. For the life of me. I could not get it to work. So after trying about a hundred times, I gave up and just made the buttonholes with the zig zag stitch. It’s essentially the same thing. Maybe I’ll figure it out someday, but for now, this will suffice.
A necktie! I haven’t talked to Tucker’s moms about this, but I couldn’t resist adding this little accessory. I don’t even know if he’ll wear it with the suit, but that’s ok! He can pair this tie with any outfit, even just a t-shirt and jeans, to add a little character. I used this tutorial from Very Homemade.
Hopefully we can get a picture of Tucker looking dapper in his new outfit. I’m afraid he’s going to steal all the attention at these weddings – he is one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen!
Well, as you can see, I’m still a beginner and I use other people’s patterns to make a lot of my stuff. As I gain more experience, I hope to come up with my own projects and patterns to share with you guys. Until then, I’m so grateful for the wonders of the internet and all the generous people who share their stuff with the world. Thank you!