He had a store-bought sailor suit just like this one last year, and I loved it so much that I decided to make another one just like it for this year, using the old one as a pattern. It's made from a navy cotton blend fabric. It was one of the rare times when I bought a fabric that wasn't on sale, but that's the beauty of these tiny outfits: they don't require very much fabric!
Here is a picture of the old one; I took this photo before I hacked it to pieces. Just kidding! I just took apart all of the seams and used the pieces to make a pattern, adding a few inches to make it larger. It was actually easier than I expected it to be; easier even than working with an actual pattern, because I could see exactly how it all went together. My trim is a little bit simpler, and I added pockets in the front, because he is currently obsessed with them and now refuses to wear anything without pockets. The old one was also polyester. Aside from these small alterations, I really just copied the original.
I used some anchor buttons, which I thought were cute, but now I'm thinking that they look less vintage than the pearl buttons on the original. What do you think?
I found the wool sailor's cap at a thrift store at the beginning of winter, and the shirt came from a resale shop. The sash is just a satin ribbon. Those cute little white shoes are vintage from ebay. I love them so much...if only he would stop growing!
Sorry about the blurry pictures; it's difficult for a two year-old to stand still for long! I also took some pictures of my newest completed outfit, which I'll be sharing soon!