My adorable little nephew turned one late last year and I just had to make him a outfit to wear for his birthday party. My sister also asked me to help out with the party so we put our heads together and came up with a nautical theme and that could only mean that little Mr Ruby needed a sailor suit.
My inspiration for the sailor suit was this portrait of Prince Albert Edward (the future King Edward VII) isn't he cute? what's not to love about little boys in sailor suits.
|Prince Albert Edward (the future Edward VII of the United Kingdom)|
My fist hurdle came in finding a suitable pattern, there is a very cute sailor suit in Ottobre 3/2013 but it was too big for Mr Ruby (drats) after much searching I found a vintage pattern: Burda 6927 in the right size range all I can say is thank goodness for eBay!
The next step was to add the only decorations to the sailor suit: white grosgrain ribbon and here I must introduce you to the most amazing and fantastic foot in the universe
Bernina's edge-stitch foot!
I think I use this foot every time I sew, it is especially good to sew nice straight rows of stitching close to the edge of ribbon or other trims- and if you have seen my Princess Seraphina dress you will see I do a whole lot of attaching ribbon to fabric! I also made use of Stylefix tape to hold the ribbon in place while I was sewing.
Since this was a special gift for my nephew I decided to use the piece of red Liberty lawn that I had
hoarded hidden in my stash to make some piping for the bib collar and to make a little tie thingy.
The bib collar was probably the most difficult part of the whole outfit, I really like the striking white, navy and red. The rest of the outfit was pretty quick to come together, I used some lovely shiny brass buttons I had left over from a Hobbit costume (it is normal to have shiny brass buttons hanging around in case you need to make a hobbit costume or a sailor suit right?) I also made the little guy a hat, because everyone knows that a sailor suit includes a hat; I used a pattern from Ottobre 3/2011 for the hat.
So now all that is left to do is to show off my very cute little nephew Mr Ruby in his sailor suit.