Today a few bloggers, including myself, are throwing a virtual baby shower for Abby from Things for Boys. She is expecting her second baby very soon and we have made a few things for her and her new little boy. The gifts we made were:
1: Baby Change Mats by Ros from Sew Delicious
2: Flat Teddy by Narelle from Cook Clean Craft
3: Handmade Baby Boy Shoes by Janelle from Emmaline Bags
4: Baby Hats by Jenny from Mend and Make New
5: Upcycled Cashmere Baby Pants by Dara from Coffee and Lilacs
6: Nappy / Baby Bag by Jo from Bubala
7: Little Kid Kimono Set by Laura from Craftstorming
Make sure to visit the other blogs I’ve listed above. Everyone who took part is sharing a tutorial on their blogs today showing you how to make their gift.
So here is a close up of my gift – a cosy knit kimono top and trousers.
You can download the PDF pattern and tutorial for the kimono top and trousers (in size 0-3 months only) for free over here at my pattern website Titchy Threads. I’ve also shared the tutorial for the trousers later on in the post. Allow me to be a bit soppy first though. One of the best, and most unexpected, things to have come out of blogging is meeting other bloggers. Some have become really good friends even though I’ve never met them in person. It’s so good to be able to talk about sewing with someone who is as obsessed about it as I am. Abby was the first friend I made and we have so much in common. We even have the same sewing machine. If you haven’t visited her blog already you definitely should – she’s a crafting whirlwind. We chat almost every day and I really hope that one day we’ll be able to meet.
When I started thinking about what to make for Abby’s new baby I remembered some of the virtual baby showers that I’ve seen on baking blogs. I thought it would be fun to organise one for Abby but with sewing instead of baking, so we could actually send the gifts to her. I stalked Abby’s blog for comments to work out which other bloggers she was good friends with. Nearly everyone I contacted got back to me and was really excited to join in. We didn’t really discuss exactly what each of us would make but some how we all managed to cover a wide range of items. Ros from Sew Delicious lives near Abby, so we all sent our gifts to her and today she is meeting up with Abby to deliver them. If we can’t celebrate her new baby in person then a virtual baby shower must be the next best thing. I’m looking forward to seeing some pictures of her new little boy soon.
So do you want to make your own Little Kid Kimono Set? The free pattern is only available in size 0-3 months, although I might make a paid version with more sizes at some point. The trousers have a baggy, relaxed fit and a shirred waistband to provide comfort for a wide range of waist sizes. There is also a bum panel in the back so you can mix in a contrast print. There are only two pieces to join with just a few seams so they’re very quick to sew. Here is a front and back view…
So are you ready to make some? Let’s begin…
You will need:
- The pattern pieces (go here to download)
- 0.45m (0.5 yards) jersey knit fabric
- Elastic thread
- Co-ordinating thread
The PDF has a lot more detail including tips for sewing with knit fabric and tips for shirring as well as a size chart and finished measurements.
Lay your pattern pieces out as follows…
Cut the main leg piece on the fold and cut one panel piece, as shown in the picture below…
You are now ready to start sewing.
For the kimono top tutorial download the free PDF.