I have had this pattern, which is Simplicity 1944 from 1947, in my collection for a while. My cousin just had a baby girl, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make up this cute little sun suit. The pattern is a size 3, so it will be awhile before she grows into it, but it was so darn cute I had to give it a  whirl. I used plaid lightweight cotton, and went with a rickrack trim in fuchsia. There is a fuchsia stripe in the fabric, but it is not showing up well on camera. This is View 1, which has self made ruffles. View 2 uses purchased trim. I also contemplated using elastic in the legs, but in the end I went with the self made bias tape that is called for in the pattern. I did some quick and dirty hand bound buttonholes, which look less than great but do the job. Definitely more practice needed in that department. Unfortunately, the brim pattern piece for the matching bonnet was missing. I contemplated drafting a new one, but decided against it because I already have a giant pile of stuff in my sewing stash I need to get to, so I kept in simple with just the sun suit. Enjoy!

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Evie August 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Soo stinkin’ cute!!

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Draped in Cloudlets August 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Oh my, this is so adorable!

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Catherine Alekna August 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm

oh its cute! I so want to sew things my for friends new baby, but its not even born yet!

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Inkdork August 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

This is too freaking cute! The ruffles! :D

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girliefrank August 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Absolutely adorable!

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Eva August 2, 2013 at 4:24 am

Soo cute! Makes me wish my kids were small again.

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dan August 2, 2013 at 4:52 am

The sun suit is extra lovable! I remember my mother sewed a similar one for me when I was a child. . .it has been nice to remember!

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Winding Ways August 2, 2013 at 7:45 am

The only thing better than this darling sunsuit would be to see a picture of the little girl in it. Would you please re-post once she gets big enough to model?

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Housewife Betty August 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

It will be a while. She’s 3 months old, and the outfit is cut for a toddler. Hopefully her parents won’t forget by then!

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Carol Wagner August 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

I was born in 1944 (the same date as your pattern #) and can remember wearing outfits like this. We called them “boomps-a-daisy” outfits. The idea was to turn around and bump somebody with the ruffled bottom. Great work!

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athomewithginac August 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

This is SOOO cite!!

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athomewithginac August 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Ok, CUTE!!

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mariebayarea August 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

This is so darling!

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EmSewCrazy August 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

SUPER CUTE!!! Lovely job!

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