Overlocking for Baby

I was lucky enough to get an overlocker for Christmas. Followers on Instagram might have seen some evidence of its use – here and here!! I’ve enjoyed using it despite the frustrations of learning to thread it and needles breaking. I certainly like the lovely finished seams that result. Of course, to start with I just practiced on scraps of fabric of different types, slightly scared of the speed at which it runs (I don’t even sew all that fast so the overlocker was terrifying at first) but admiring the lovely finish. But then I decided it was time to actually make something with it.

I had bought a little of this jersey fabric from Guthrie and Ghani a while back and I decided it could be used quite nicely to make something for our baby. It is quite a dark colour but with an appropriately colourful top, I decided it would make quite a nice little set of trousers for a boy or a girl. So, I searched the internet for simple patterns for baby trousers and found this tutorial and pattern online.

The pattern was simple and easy to follow. The use of the overlocker in making them was perhaps a mistake for a first project. They were quite small, which made them tricky as a first project. Having said that, I managed all the leg seams and I really love the result. At the time, I only had the white thread provided with the machine so it stands out a lot. It doesn’t seem to notice on the right side and certainly it allowed me to clearly see when there was a problem (for example, when one of my needles wasn’t threaded correctly).

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCIn the last of the above pictures, you can see where I had some problems with the needle being incorrectly threaded! It took me forever to work out that this was the problem though.

I decided to finish the waistband with two rows of contrasting straight stitch on the sewing machine. I thought the red was sufficiently gender neutral although others may disagree! I also turned up the bottoms of the trouser legs to hide the raw edge and stitched in place with a single row of red straight stitch to match the elasticated waist. I knew that the fabric would not fray, being a knit, but I liked the more finished look that hiding the raw edge produced.

SONY DSC SONY DSCIt remains to be seen whether they will actually fit our baby – comparing them with clothes we already have they fall between newborn and 0-3 month sizes! But as a first attempt sewing with a knit fabric and the overlocker, I am pretty happy with the result. The leg is quite wide – perhaps too wide – and so I shall wait to see how they look on before making any more! But here they are in their full glory! What do you think? Does anyone have any suggestions of other patterns to try for little ones?


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