They really aren’t‘ springtime overalls but with the weather being so nice today I didn’t have the heart to call them ‘winter overalls’ even though that’s actually what they are. You see, Sam has crazy long limbs and has outgrown all of her warm pants. The stores are only carrying lighter springtime stuff & I have all this fuzzy fabric (baby blanket idea that never quite happened) and figured, “Hey, how hard can it be?” They’re kind of ghetto and I definitely have some learning to do but they’re actually functional and I think not too shabby for a first time effort at making baby clothes.
Here’s how I did it…
I didn’t have a pattern (and suck at following them anyway) so I just took out a pair of Sam’s old overalls and cut out pieces of fabric that were a bit longer in the length. Turns out these type of overalls are basically 4 identical pieces that make up the front & back.
I stitched up the front and back stopping where the legs began. I didn’t want the seams to show at the top and bottom so I cut out a piece of lining to fit (same fabric) the top inside front & back. I pinned those as well as a little front cover up piece all in place and them sewed them all together. I was kind of figuring it out as I went so I didn’t take pics of that step. ):
Next I started with the binding. Now in hindsight I would have sewn the the front and back together and then binded so it was one fluid piece but I actually binded first which made it a bit clunky and messy.Next I sewed the legs together. (all the stitching by the way -except binding- is done inside out with the right sides facing together, that way when you turn it right side out the seams are hidden) After that I made straps by cutting out two long strips for each strap, stitching up the sides and flipping it right side out. (That step totally reminded me of when I’d make my own scrunchies in middle school..sigh) I sewed on snaps for the closures, hand hemmed the bottom of the legs and wa–lah! Fuzzy overalls!
I’m working on a pair of fleece ones now that are light blue and have ruffles on the butt. Super cute although the fleece is a little stiffer than I’d like.
Today we’re going to enjoy the warm(er) weather and take Sam down to the monuments. I think we’ll walk along the Potomac and look forward to the cherry blossoms coming out soon. I can’t wait for spring!!!