I made all three of the kids Easter outfits for this year! I think it’s fun to coordinate fabric and styles of three outfits for two boys and a girl. I love thinking about the colors and how they’ll look in different fabrics. Since I was making three outfits with multiple items at one time I decided to only use free sewing patterns.
I wanted to use some nicer fabric, so I put my budget towards my fabric instead of the patterns. I love to support designers, but buying a lot of patterns at once would wipe out my budget.
I did this all in February before baby #3 came so that it would actually get done. It was earlier than needed, but it got done!
Spring is always a good time for me to check on the state of the kids’ dress wardrobes and make things that can last at least six months to a year. My kids only wear their dress clothes on Sundays and the occasional wedding, so their clothes don’t get destroyed too quickly.
For my son I made him a bow tie, a cardigan, and a pair of pants. The white button down shirt was already in his wardrobe, and I didn’t have time to make a new one. I used the Mix and Match Free Bow Tie Pattern. (You can also make a DIY baby tie from a men’s tie.)
I’ve used it multiple times and I love it. I added a hook and eye to the back, so that I only have to tie it once and then leave it tied. I used some woven cotton cut off from a men’s button down shirt.
For the cardigan I used the Goodall cardigan free sewing pattern. It comes in multiple sizes and is a great basic. I used a basic white ribbing and some sweater fleece (similar sweater fleece – affiliate link).
I didn’t know how the ribbing would work with the fleece, and it got a little stretched out while I was working with it. Luckily, the slouchy look is great for this outfit.
For the pants I used the classic 2T Small Fry Skinny Jean free sewing pattern. I’ve used this pattern almost too many times to count. My son fit the 2T width for a long time so I just kept lengthening the pattern, and it kept working for him.
I used a light blue stretch denim, and I love the color. They look so good on him, and they match the bow tie perfectly. They are a little long, so it’s the perfect growing room.
For my daughter I made a really simple dress. I used the simple dress free sewing pattern. I love that there aren’t sleeves to attach because it makes it so fast to sew!
I used a fluid polyester striped fabric. I love that it doesn’t wrinkle (no ironing) and that the stripes switch direction. Luckily, she hasn’t gotten into the pink phase yet so she is willing to wear the dress! If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.
I like that it’s a solid color and that it coordinates with brother’s sweater.
Baby girl isn’t big enough to wear her dress yet, but I wanted to be prepared anyway. I used the free Geranium dress sewing pattern in the 0-3 mos size dress. She’ll be four weeks old so I hope it’ll be the perfect fit!
I used a fluid polyester fabric so I wouldn’t have to iron or worry about wrinkles. I lined the bodice with a scrap woven cotton to make it comfortable to wear. I love how the stripes switch direction.
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