Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hello, Sailor!

Another unseasonably warm day! Although I had so many fall and winter projects planned that didn't come to fruition, I must say that I am ready for spring! Here is Henry's outfit for Easter (if he doesn't outgrow it before then)!


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!

11 comments:

  1. SO CUTE! I just love the little sailor look! So funny that he is obsessed with pockets! What a cutie!

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  2. That is so adorable, you are very clever! Kids are funny when it comes to clothes, my son refused to wear anything with buttons for years, he used to put stones in his pockets, far too many so you can guess what would happen as he was walking along! X

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  3. Very sweet little guy. The outfit is so cute and how nice for you that he'll wear it all! My daughter and I got a lot of enjoyment out of his photos.

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  4. He is so encredibly cute!! I have several kids patterns from the 40's-50's I'm dying to make for my babes this year. I have a boy and a girl and I hope to sew them matching rompers or something

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  5. What an adorable wee little man!

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  6. He looks just the business.And no, I think the anchor buttons look awesome. It gives it a class I don't think the m-o-p ones would. Maybe an option for next years (???) wold be if you could find some of the repro brass buttons with anchors on.

    I'd wear this myself. It's a really well styled outfit that looks complete. You have a model of a son, in more ways than one, in that you managed to get a photo of him without a gun, so unlike the small boy I look after.

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  7. Super cute! I hope to dress my kids in adorable 1930's clothing someday! :)

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  8. How precious! He looks so adorable in the little sailor outfit <3 I'm enjoying looking at your lovely photography and collection of vintage clips. :)

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