Whether you want to sew for your own child or for a relative, such as a niece, nephew or grandchild, making clothes and accessories for little ones is always fun. If you are dressmaking for children, you can use items such as decorative animal-shaped buttons, appliqué and colourful fabrics that might not be appropriate for adults.
Benefits of sewing for toddlers
Clothes for toddlers can be relatively inexpensive to make, as they need less fabric. They are also often quite quick to make and you will be able to produce something unique and special for your child or relative. It is also easy to ensure that the closures you incorporate are easy for the child to use; for example, chunky buttons are easy to handle. Make sure they are attached very firmly to the garment.
According to Newsday, sewing is a skill that is increasing in popularity with both children and adults. Attending sewing classes is a good way to learn. If your child’s measurements are not standard and you have difficulty finding attractive clothes to fit them, sewing your own means they can be adjusted to fit the individual.
Choosing your fabric
There are many attractive fabrics available from stockists such as http://www.higgsandhiggs.com. You may like to let the child help to choose the fabric, but bear in mind the practicalities. It is often a good idea to make garments in the child’s favourite colour to be sure they will enjoy wearing them. Fabrics for children should be easily washable; otherwise, the garment will not be worn very often.
Comfort is another important factor, as children are unlikely to tolerate anything that is scratchy or itchy. If you are unsure about this, try rubbing the fabric on the inside of your wrist; if it irritates you, it will almost certainly irritate a child. Most high-quality materials, such as cotton poplin fabric, should be fine.
If you are making children’s pyjamas or a nightdress from a synthetic fabric, check that it is suitable for this use. Fabrics that are not safe for sleepwear should have a label on the end of the bolt making this clear.
If you want your toddler to stand out from the crowd in stylish and unique clothes, what could be better than creating individual bespoke garments for them?