Sewing for little ones

We have been selling Minikrea patterns in the shop for some time now, we love how simple and modern they are. The patterns are Danish and come with an English translation sheet inside. I recently made up two of the patterns, 'Tunika' a unisex elasticated top and 'Spencer' a simple tunic dress.

The great thing about making baby clothes is you only need a tiny amount of fabric, just half a metre or so. For the Spencer dress I used an organic check in a lovely teal colour, and the black and white stripe organic cotton in this range made a striking lining. The pattern sheets are printed on sturdy glossy paper and they have the ‘simple’ pattern on one side and on the reverse modifications on the simple pattern, longer sleeves, ruched waist etc. I decided to go straight for the simple design. Although the English translation sheet is very brief, I think it's sufficient as it's very straightforward sewing. The only change I made was to use poppers instead of buttonholes on the Spencer dress. I then stitched the buttons over the top of the poppers as I think it finished off the dress nicely.

For the Tunika top I used a quirky Heather Ross print with cute gnomes sitting around a campfire and a spooky looking owl! Here are some more of Heather's prints, I also think the Nani Iro designs would lend themselves well to both patterns.

Michelle x

Spencer...

Tunika...