Pattern and tutorial for the baby overall #2
This overall is lose fitted and comfortable (hopefully), and with lots of room for big, baby butts. I gave the suspenders some extra length and made two button holes in each to make it possible for the overall to grow along with the little one. This one is made in linen, but of course you can use different kinds of fabric, just maybe not the most stretchy ones.
Tools and materials
— Measuring tape
—Carbon paper and tracing wheel
— 130 cm x 50 cm linen fabric (or other non-stretchy fabric)
— Tread in the same color as the fabric
— 4 buttons
1 – Prepare your fabric according to the fabric care instructions (meaning wash, iron and stretch the material) before you cut it.
2 – Cut the fabric according to the layout plan (download free pattern here). Transfer the markings from the pattern to the wrong side of the fabric.
3 – Serge the raw edges on the side seams of the front (1) and back (2) pieces, and the center seam on the back piece (2) (unless you’re using an overlock machine).
4 – Pin the center seam of the back (2) piece together with right sides facing. Stitch and press the seam allowance apart.
5– Fold the top of the back in 1 cm and press the fold in place. Fold again 2 cm and press. Topstitch the fold in place about 0,3 cm from the fold. This will create a drawstring for the widest elastic.
6 – Thread the widest elastic through the drawstring you just made. Attach it on both sides of the drawstring at the side seams of the back piece.
Front and facing
7 – Option #1: Pin the bias tape to the unmarked edge of the facing with right sides facing. Turn bias tape around seam allowance around raw edge and stitch in place. Option #2: Serge raw edge of unmarked side of facing (not using bias tape).
8 – Pin the facing (3) to the front piece (1) along the top edge, right sides facing. Stitch, but leave 1,5 cm of seam allowance on each side. Press seam allowance apart, and then towards facing. Understich to keep the facing in place.
9 – Pin side seams of facing (3) and front piece (1) together with right sides facing. Press seam allowance apart, and then towards facing. Understich as far as possible. Turn the facing over so the right sides of both facing and front piece is facing out. Make sure the corners are nice and straight.
Assembling the front and back piece
10 – Pin front piece (1) to back (2) at side seams with right sides facing and matching notches. Stitch, and press seam allowance apart.
11 – Pin the front and back pieces together at the crotch with right sides of the fabric facing. Make sure the center seam of the back matches the center of the front. Stitch the crotch with a 1 cm seam allowance, and then again with a 0,5 cm seam allowance. Cut away the fabric on the outside of the second row of stitches. Serge the raw edges.
12 – Fold the bottom of each leg in 1 cm and press the fold in place. Fold again 2 cm. Press and topstitch the fold in place, leaving an opening of about 2 cm. This will be the drawstring for the thinnest elastic.
13 – Thread the thinnest elastic though the drawstring, one in each leg. Stitch the short edge of the elastics together and close the opening you left in the previous step.
14 – Fold in 1 cm on the short edge marked for buttons holes. Press the fold in place.
15 — Fold each of the straps (4) lengthwise with right sides facing in. Pin the short edge with the markings for the buttons, and stitch. Press seam allowance apart.
16 –Pin the long sides together and stitch. Turn the straps (4) open with right sides out and press. Topstitch if you prefer.
Buttons and button holes
17 – Make button holes on the front piece (1) by using the markings from the pattern and the size for your button.
18 – Same as in previous step, make button holes on the straps.
19 – Sew the buttons where marked on the back piece on the inside of the garment. Do the same on the outside og the straps.