Sewing Tutorial for Children’s Corner Basics for Boys III | Holiday Garment

Sewing Tutorial for Children’s Corner Basics for Boys III | Holiday Garment

Hey everyone, here is how I put together this
oh-so handsome little number for Henry’s holiday suit, if you will. It’s doubling
as both thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I’m doing view D with that adorable bubble
bottom since Henry’s still little. Okay to begin, you’ll have four collars
to cut out, two sleeves, one shirt front on the fold, and I put little notches on the
shirt front where those pleats are going to go. Then you’ll have two of those shirt
backs to cut out as well as two bubble front bottoms and two bubble back bottoms. You’ll
also have to cut out this waist band. First I took the collar and sewed on this
velvet piping. I’m roughly measuring how much piping it’s going to take, and that
way I can cut the seam allowance down to about ¼” to make sewing it on easy. I can just
match up those raw edges and move my needle over so there’s a ¼” seam allowance when
the edge of my pressure foot is in line with those raw edges.
Once that was done, I put the other half of that collar right sides together, and sewed
around the collar again, and I sewed with those previous stitches up so I could go just
inside those suckers. Then I turned it right sides out and gave it a pressing. Once I sewed
the other collar together, then I basted the two together at the front. It’s a good idea
to baste collars together since a gap between them – I mean, it’s not the worst thing,
but it just sorta stares at you. So an easy way to avoid this gap is to put some wide
zigzags over that seam allowance area. So then I grabbed the shirt front and started
to put in those pleats. As you can see, the pleats go from the middle of the shirt towards
the outside, which is typical. So with right sides together, I match up two of those notches
on the top and bottom of the shirt. I give it a quick ironing and then sewed down that
pleat. Now I’m working with this delightful silk dupioni gingham, which has a built in
grid, so I’m just picking a row to stop on. Of course, you could mark your stopping
point on each pleat instead. Once I was done sewing all of the pleats,
then I ironed them into place. And I basted them down around the neckline as well as on
the bottom of the shirt. Then I could put the shirt front aside and
move onto the shirt back. First I ironed over that facing twice and sewed that into place.
After repeating that to both sides of the back of the shirt, then I put the shirt back
wrong sides together with the shirt front and joined them at the shoulder seams using
French seams. And I have a detailed video on how to do French seams that is linked below.
Then I basted that collar onto the shirt by first matching the front of the collar with
the front of the shirt. Okay, so moving onto those sleeves. This fabric
doesn’t really have an apparent right or wrong side to me. So I took advantage of that
and flipped up the raw edge about ¼”, ironed that in place, and then matched up that folded
edge to the little notch area of that sleeve and ironed that in place. Then I put some
of that velvet piping in that little fold and topstitch on top of this. I’m loving
this little treatment for boy’s sleeves, and a bonus, there’s no hand finishing work.
So then I pinned the sleeve to the shirt. I didn’t need to ease this sleeve, it just
fit, which was nice. After sewing the two together, then I trimmed up that seam to about
3/8” and ran a zigzag over top to enclose those raw edges. Finally, I joined the side
seams together using French seams. And then I attached the neck binding band.
So I took a two inch wide bias strip, folded that in half and gave it an ironing. Something
that really helps these little bands lay nicely is to iron them into the curvature before
you sew them onto your garment. If you think about it, you’re asking a lot from this
bit of bias strip. Basically, the bottom needs to fit a wider diameter than the top of the
band. So taking the time to iron it into shape really helps this process go smoothly.
And then I just tucked the raw edges into the band at the back of the shirt and pinned
those into place. Then I took that to my sewing machine and
carefully sewed the band into place. Just go slow here, little bit at a time. Put your
needle down, and turn your work as needed. Then I put a ton of little clips around that
neckline. This allows that smaller diameter to open up to the larger diameter, which lets
your fabric open up and lay nice and flat. Otherwise you will have rips all over this
neckline. I also pulled out those little basting zigzags from the front of the collar.
Finally, I ironed down this neck band and I’m going to sew it by hand into place.
If this wasn’t a fancy garment, though, would sew it down by machine – but it is
sewing, so you do you. After giving that area a really good ironing,
then I set the shirt aside and moved onto constructing the bubble bottoms. First I joined
the bubble fronts together down that center crotch seam as well as the backs – join
those together down that center crotch seam as well. I did that for both the bubble as
well as its lining. Then I joined the bubble front together with the bubble back at the
side using plain seams. After ironing all of those seams open, I set the bubble bottoms
aside and grabbed the waist band. I wanted to interface this, so I grabbed some
of those 2” wide strips of german interfacing that farmhouse fabrics sells and I just cut
two lengths off since they weren’t quite as wide as I needed, but these strips are
still so convenient to use. Anywho, I ironed those suckers down and then sewed a bit of
this piping onto the lower edge of the waist band. Then I folded the waist band onto itself
and sewed it into a circle, if you will. I trimmed up that seam and went back to the
bubble bottoms. So I matched the bottom of the bottoms together, with right sides together.
I sewed around the perimeter and then trimmed up the seam and clipped the corners.
Then I turned it right sides out, pushed those corners out, and gave everything a really
good ironing. So then I could put that little casing in.
And yes, I finally had to swap out my white thread for something more appropriate. Anywho,
I stitched about 3/8” away from that finished edge on the bottom of the bubble, like around
those leg openings. And I start about an inch and a quarter from the crotch tab. I hope
all of that is making sense. Basically, the bottom of the casing is going to be that bottom
seam, and what I’m currently sewing is the top of the casing.
So then I cut a piece of a ¼” wide elastic to length and threaded that onto a safety
pin. Now I realize that cotton velvet is not the best fabric to use in this situation,
but I am making it work. I love velvet for the fall/winter time, especially for fancier
occasions. So when I’ve pulled the elastic through so there’s only ½” or so of a
tail, then I take it to my machine and sew that down in place before continuing to push
the safety pin through the other side of that casing. And once that side pops out, then
I actually pin the safety pin out of the way and sew that side down in place.
Then I ran two rows of gather stitches along the top of the bubble – and I’m putting
these stitches in the bubble as well as its lining. Then I can gather up the bubble and
attach it to the waist band. I sew the two together with the waist band facing up so
I can go just inside those previous stitches securing the piping down.
From there I’m going to sew the waist band down by hand to the inside of the bubble bottom,
which will enclose all those raw edges. Finally, I folded the shirt up twice so I
could hem that in place. I just hemmed using the machine since the hem isn’t going to
be visible. The shirt actually gets tucked inside the bubble bottoms. And you can secure
the two together using snaps, buttons, or a combination of the two.
To close up that crotch, I used snapsetter snaps. And there you have it, our little man
is all ready for the holiday season. I hope this video was helpful. If you have
any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
As always, I appreciate y’all for watching and I hope to catch ya next time.

16 Replies to “Sewing Tutorial for Children’s Corner Basics for Boys III | Holiday Garment”

  1. Henry is such a happy baby, you are a terrific momma. His holiday outfit is beautiful, great job! Hope you are spared from Flo. I am in St Augustine so luckily we will be ok.

  2. God bless you Sarah, oh my goodness this is so darling. Girl you make it look so fun and easy but we all know its a lot of hard work for those beautiful details and video editing. Darling, i just wanted ti stop in to Thank you from my heart for making these videos, they make my day so joyous. You are such an awesome momma hugs & kisses to you, darling. Lord Jesus bless you and your family, y'all given me cavities lol 🙏💐💛

  3. Loving this video, I am about to make this pattern so this is really helpful. Actually, I love all your videos. You’ve really inspired me to get back into sewing and smocking – I don’t know what I will do with these little clothes since I have no children or grands but I’m sure they will find their way on to some sweet child. Speaking of sweet children, yours are just darling.

  4. Hi Sarah
    Just want to say everything you do is magical. I simply love it all. Would you please tell me: Can I find the patterns in a phisical shop or only online?
    I’m from Brasil and I’m going to Florida next march and I would love to find some of those.

  5. I just love watching your videos Sarah- it’s not just about you’re sewing skills (which are impressive), also the love you have for you family, and your sweet disposition. Thank you for sharing your slice of life with us. I have a question— about how long will it take you to make an outfit like this one, start to finish?

  6. Currently making this for my son for a wedding and I have a couple of questions. Did you add seam allowances to the quarter inch marked on the pattern so you would have room for French seams? And did you tac down the pleats on the front to keep them in place? If so how do you reccomend? Thanks for the video! Your channel is so inspiring and helpful.

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