Well goodness, it’s been a long time. Our home internet was out for a long while and now that it’s finally back I have quite a backlog of projects to share. But since it’s a new month I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. So today, a few things I made for Mister O’s first birthday.
With E I started a tradition of making a first birthday crown that is then used each year at her birthday. I made a similar crown for O, using the same pattern from here.
It’s mostly wool felt with a bit of ribbon, hand sewn with embroidery floss. The back is elastic with felt sewn to the front. I love a good hand sewing project, although the pressure of making something that will last and that I’ll want to look at every birthday into the future was a bit overwhelming.
I also wanted to make him something to wear to his party. Early September weather can go either way around these parts so I debated on the best pattern. But when the forecast was for the low 80s I whipped up some spruce suspender shorts at the last-minute, after Gail‘s excellent suggestion on a previous post.
The fabric is essex yarn dyed linen in black in a size 18 months (the largest size in the pattern). I ended up using 3/8 seams because I realized that this was going to be a tight fit on O. He generally wears 12 or 18 month clothing and easily fits into 18 month Oliver+S clothes, so I think this pattern might run a bit small. My only change was to add pockets from the Oliver+S lullaby layette pattern because I just love those pockets so much. The flat front construction on these was quite clever and the entire pattern was easy to follow.
My only issue with the pattern is that we could not keep those straps on O’s shoulders. I even safety-pinned them tighter and they still slipped off. I’m thinking that’s why most overalls have the front bib part? Does that change the strap angle enough that they stay put? Luckily the straps are attached with buttons at the front and back so they can be quickly removed and you’re still left with some adorable shorts.
O did wear the crown and shorts together at his party, but of course I didn’t capture any decent pictures of him wearing both. He was actually not a huge fan of the crown, truth be told…
Oh, little guy, I cannot believe you are one!