Brindille & Twig Raglan Tee (x2)

I’ve been doing a fair amount of sewing lately, so I’ve got a backlog of projects about which to blog!  First up, baby clothes!

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In my August Knitfix from Girl Charlee, I received some striped blue and white cotton jersey knit fabric, which didn’t really speak to me.  But I really wanted to embrace all of the surprise fabrics I received, so, after thinking about the fabric for a while, I realized it may not be something I would wear, but it is perfect for some baby boy clothes!

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Fortunately, I had just purchased the perfect pattern – the Brindille & Twig Raglan Tee.  It comes in sizes OM to 6T.  For my 9 month olds, I made the 12 month size.

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It was an extremely quick and satisfying make – no fitting challenges with a knit top for a baby, and it comes together very quickly when made with a serger and a cover stitch machine.  I made the pattern exactly as written.

This is my second time making a Brindille & Twig pattern, and I have loved both patterns.  In fact, I enjoyed making this top so much, I made another one the very next day with a fabric in my stash from my May Knitfix, another striped cotton jersey knit – this one in blue and green.

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Of course, with twins, I sort of feel obligated to make two of each item so both boys can have new clothes.  🙂  Both boys seemed delighted with their new tops!

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I’m sure I’ll be making lots more of these tops in the future.  I’m glad this pattern goes up to size 6T.  While I didn’t love either of these fabrics when I originally received them, I’m totally in love with these shirts.  I’m glad I took the challenge this month of embracing all of the fabrics I received!

For the Boys: Onesies

I’ve been on a knits kick lately.  With only a limited amount of time for sewing, I love quick projects and knits are about as quick as it gets – especially knit projects for the babies!  I’m all about the instant gratification.

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After making the giraffe onesie, I decided to look for a pattern for a onesie with sleeves to make a few more outfits for the boys and I found the perfect pattern from Brindille & Twig.  This bodysuit pattern can be made with short or long sleeves from Preemie to 3T sizes.  I wish I had found this pattern earlier – I could have made outfits for the boys when they were too small to fit in all of the newborn clothes we had purchased for them before they were born.

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This pattern is very quick.  I purchased, printed, traced, and cut out the pattern, cut out all of the fabric for two onesies, and sewed them up all in one evening after the boys went to bed.  I made the 6-9 month size for my 5.5 month olds.  They are just a tad big, which is perfect.  The boys will be able to wear these for at least a week (I swear – they outgrow clothes by the day they are growing so quickly).

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Construction is very easy.  I used my serger for all of the seems and attaching the binding, and then used a narrow zig zag stitch to stitch the binding down.  The grey fabric was a 1/4 yard remnant I found a while back that I’ve just been holding on to until I figured out what to do with it.  This is the perfect project to use up small quantities of knit fabric!

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“It fits!”

 

The white polka dot fabric came from April’s Girl Charlee KnitFix.  KnitFix is a deal Girl Charlee offers once a month where you buy essentially a grab bag of fabrics.  For $69, you purchase 2 yards each of 6 different fabrics, but you don’t know what fabrics you will get until you receive the package in the mail.  It’s kind of a fun way to build up your stash of knits, and it ends up being only $5.75 per yard, which is a great price for knits.  Of course you run the risk of getting stuff you don’t like…  But I’m not too worried about that.  I can always use up my less desired fabrics to make gifts for others who will like those fabrics more.

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“I’m working on my smizing, Mom.”

For the snaps, I used Babyville snaps and the Babyville Snap pliers.  The pattern doesn’t say to use any interfacing behind the snaps, but I really think there should be some to strengthen that area.  I worry that the fabric won’t hold up to the constant snapping and unsnapping.  But maybe It would hold up better if I used a different type of snap.  I’ll have to look into different snaps.  Babyville snaps are just so easy to use!  I think I’ll use interfacing behind the snaps next time, too, just to make sure the onesies will last for a while.

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“Hey! Did you know I have feet?”

I will definitely be making more of these onesies in the future.  And I look forward to trying more of the Brindille & Twig patterns in the future.  If all of their patterns are as well written as the Bodysuit pattern, then this may become my go to pattern company for baby basics!

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“Swinging is so fun in my new bodysuit!”