It’s been awhile since I’ve sewn for little C. Poor munchkin has been parading around in mismatched PJs and simple bodysuits for so long. Good thing she is so cute people don’t pay attention to how badly I’ve been dressing her. However, I finally have a baby outfit worthy of her charm. April, the mastermind behind Dandelions n’ Dungarees, has come up with an adorable pattern that is just perfect for the littles (NB-24M) this fall. You’ll agree that the Flyaway Ruffle cardigan and Saucy skirt will make you want to squee.
As usual the tutorial is full of helpful instructions and photos along the way. If you walk through the pdf step by step you can’t go wrong. There is also bias tape around the neck for a beautiful finish. I also chose to add bias tape down the front of the cardigan because it’s cute when the cardigan flips open. But here’s my favorite part.
I have to admit that the ruffles were tough on my poor machine. Poor Suzie (yes, I have named my sewing machine) ground to a halt and I had to remove her covers to extract the mass of tangled thread. But I’m fairly certain it is because I was using subpar thread and my tension was up at 9. Oops. I’ll tell you later why it was up so high. But first, more adorable pictures!
The skirt was a breeze to put together. It probably took me 30 minutes including the cutting. Since this is knit, I didn’t even have to hem. Cute and quick for the win!
The cardigan took a bit longer because you need to sew the ruffles onto the panel. It is clear that the effort leads to amazing results though!
I didn’t forget about the tension, did you? I learned this fabulous gathering trick from Jessica at Lil Luxe Collection. This is what to do: turn up your tension, increase your stitch width, and baste. Easy peasy even gathers! I really wish I had some pictures to show but I was so excited that this technique worked on knit that I zipped right through it. Just don’t forget to turn your tension down when you go back to sewing! Really, don’t forget.
While it is true that everything small is automatically cute, this pattern turns the adorableness up to squee level 10. I really wish that you could feel just how soft the knit of C’s cardigan is. It has the soft fuzz of a flannel but the softness of minky. I can’t wait for April to come out with the adult version of this because I will be making a mommy and me cardigan because I want to wear some of this adorable softness.
You can get the pattern at Dandelions n’ Dungarees.. Get your copy of the Flyaway Ruffle Cardigan or the Saucy Skirt for $5 through Sunday. Or you can bundle up and get both for $9!