Like so many things to do with babies and toddlers, the time is fleeting. They grow so very fast, and before you know it you have a young child on your hands. Just this Summer we have started to see this transition. The daily new words, the slightly less dependence on us and an increasing understanding. I really love this age! Which brings me to a sewing project I'd always wanted to make. Bloomers. So I thought I'd better squeeze them into the projects list for this summer, while we are still in the stage of nappies and little chubby legs.
I used the pattern Ruby's Bloomers from the book Weekend Sewing, which was one of the first sewing books I ever bought. It was a simple pattern of four pieces, elastic thread to gather the leg and a waist elastic casing. Definitely a quick, done in a day, satisfying type of project. I like that. So I thought I would make four. Production line style. Done in two small sewing sessions.
Fortunately there was no need to alter this pattern for cloth nappies, as it was definitely accommodating enough. I made the largest size, which I think went up to size 2.
I used fabric I had on hand. An old embroidered tablecloth (those who collect vintage linens will know how hard it was to cut into this, but I reasoned that it was better out and about that in a cupboard), two pillowcases and some quilting cotton I had.
I think they are the sweetest thing on a slightly chubby toddler. Pop on a t-shirt or singlet for hot weather or under a dress to cover a nappy. Perhaps I can squeeze another season out of these.
Which reminds me I never did get around to making that toddler sun suit. Perhaps there is still time?