Hello, Sailor!

by Nabby

in 1930s,Children,Kids

Here is my little one’s outfit for Easter (if he doesn’t outgrow it before then)!

He had a store-bought sailor suit just like this one last year, and I loved it so much that I decided to make another one just like it for this year, using the old one as a pattern. It’s made from a navy cotton blend fabric. It was one of the rare times when I bought a fabric that wasn’t on sale, but that’s the beauty of these tiny outfits: they don’t require very much fabric!

Here is a picture of the old one; I took this photo before I hacked it to pieces. Just kidding! I just took apart all of the seams and used the pieces to make a pattern, adding a few inches to make it larger. It was actually easier than I expected it to be; easier even than working with an actual pattern, because I could see exactly how it all went together. My trim is a little bit simpler, and I added pockets in the front, because he is currently obsessed with them and now refuses to wear anything without pockets. The old one was also polyester. Aside from these small alterations, I really just copied the original.

I used some anchor buttons, which I thought were cute, but now I’m thinking that they look less vintage than the pearl buttons on the original. What do you think?

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Daisy March 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

How cute is he !

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Lizzy March 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

OOh! So cute!! he really looks like a boy from the 40′s :)

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Time and again March 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I just love sailor suits! Beautiful!

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A.J.A. March 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

This is so adorable! What a cute little guy! You did a great job!

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Julia March 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it !!!!! I have a 4 year old boy and now I think he really NEEDS a sailor suit, too!

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Dawn March 11, 2012 at 2:50 am

OMG too cute!

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Anni March 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

My heart is melting, this is too adorable! :)

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Cynthia March 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

This is too cute! I love everything about this

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Winding Ways March 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

I like the anchor buttons. Cute wins over “authentic” any day.

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Nightowl_72 March 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! Much nicer than the one you bought! He looks so cute!!!

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amonik March 12, 2012 at 4:27 am

I’ve actually bought a sailor suit pattern (from the 70′s) to make one for my one-year-old – now I’m more motivated than ever! So adorable! The hat and socks are just perfect, too.

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Lauren March 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

MY GOD that is cute!!

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