Dolly the Diva

I’ve been a busy little bee over the last couple of weeks, lots of sewing and some embroidery too, I’ve been sewing to a dead line too, never my favourite pastime as I made three outfits for my grandchildren for Easter…and I only found out last weekend that they were going away for Easter on Thursday, so my potential sewing time was somewhat curtailed!

I’ve several finishes to share so expect a few posts over the next week!

First up is a little romper for Hugo, he’s now nine months old and his mum loves the traditional little rompers. I found the pattern on Etsy by a company called Shaka-laka Patterns, I quite like pdf patterns for children as you can print and cut out the size you want without thinking about them growing and needing a bigger size later in the year.

It’s called the Rosa Romper, a little disconcerting as from the blurb it’s obviously aimed at girls, however I decided that with the right fabric and pleats rather than gathers it would be fine. I saw some gorgeous Peter Rabbit fabric on line and ordered a metre. It’s always a risk when buying fabric on line as so much is how it feels, not just the pattern but when this arrived it both looked gorgeous and felt beautiful! It’s organic cotton and whilst it’s a good weight of fabric, it is so soft to handle, perfect for a baby.

The Rosa romper has pleats or gathers for the bottoms and a Peter Pan collar. It buttons down the back and press-studs in the crotch. It has both fully lined and unlined options, I went for lined so I didn’t need to finish all the inner edges! I had a meter length of a white fine cotton lawn which was ideal for the lining.

I’ve not used Shakalaka patterns before but I was quite impressed. It went together beautifully, the instructions were well written and there were useful little tips too. Despite having made clothes for nearly 50 years, I didn’t know that if you sew the curved seam of the collar twice you get a much more even curve!

I fussycut the collar so I had Peter Rabbit running on one side and one of the flopsy bunnies on the other.

Baby clothes are a delight to make but a little fiddly as everything is small…especially the buttons!

My sewing machine now has a name, Dolly the Diva!!!

All I needed was three perfect buttonholes down the back, it’s not asking much of a high spec sewing machine but she made such a song and dance of it not only did she acquire the name, she was nearly thrown out of the window and I think miss Florence, my Luna Lapin, was probably blushing from the language she heard!!!

I did practise ones on a folded scrap of fabric which of course came out perfectly. I went to do the top one and half way down it decides to turn round, making it potentially half the length I needed…I unpicked, practised again, checked it wasn’t catching the stick…three times this happened!!! Eventually I tried the middle one instead and that worked OK. I decided in the end that it wanted a perfectly flat area and because of the collar above and the pleats below . It wasn’t easy achieving this on such a small button-band…The name has stuck!!

The buttons are less than 1/2″ in diameter, I found them in my stash. I was tempted with some little red ones too but these nicely picked out the colour of the darker leaves. I stitched on a Grandma label. and the rompers were complete.

I was a little concerned that maybe it did look a little girly but we popped in yesterday evening and he had just finished his bath, perfect timing as he could try them on straight away. Mum loved them and doesn’t he look cute!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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16 Responses to Dolly the Diva

  1. anne54 says:

    He certainly does look cute…and has a very cute and cheeky smile!

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  2. Gretchen says:

    The romper is very cute! You did a great job. Have a blessed Easter!

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  3. stitchologyatx says:

    Ohh I adore the fabric choice and pleats. I’m not sure why we think of Peter Pan collars as girlish when they are known to be named after a boy. I tend to
    Leave the collar off just to be sure. But I also like your pleat idea. Over all you have done a magnificent job and very inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. tialys says:

    Eeeep! How cute is that romper and the baby makes it even cuter.
    I feel you with the buttonholes. It’s a scary thing when you’ve done all the lovely work on an outfit and then the buttonholes come along with the potential to ruin it all. I made a waxed cotton anorak (pending blog post πŸ˜‰) and it has metal snaps. I think I worried all through the project, which was quite challenging anyway, about fitting those snaps. It went O,K, but I roped in my husband to help with his stronger grip on the hammer just in case.
    Happy Easter.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Lyn, he is a cutie πŸ™‚ I think that the fact the buttonholes are pretty much the last thing does add to the stress, as you say they can make or break a garment! I’ll look forward to reading your wax jacket post, I’ve a length of waxed cotton in my stash waiting for me to pluck up courage!


  5. Laura says:

    The romper is sweet…well done, Margaret! The baby is absolutely adorable! πŸ™‚

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  6. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous romper and great label. Hugo looks lovely. Happy Easter

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  7. claire93 says:

    what a fabulous romper suit, very Peter rabbit. And what a happy boy Hugo is – love that cheeky smile ^^

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    Hugo is adorable in that sweet romper!

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