Babies with Borders: Adding Interesting Detail

Unlike garments for grown-ups, sewing patterns for children (and especially babies) tend to be much simpler. On a little one, there just isn't enough space to add a lot of details, extra seam lines, or tricky construction processes.

Using a border print initially was an
unexpected choice for me.
Short on fabric, I turned the border
on its head for the lining.

Pretty cute, eh?

Plus, if you've ever tried to dress a baby, you know that the tolerance level for time-consuming closures, scratchy fabric, or anything restrictive is virtually nil.

So to get some stylin' baby clothes, think simple shapes. And simple shapes can open up a world of design opportunities.

Let's talk about border prints. Although I have seen these used exquisitely in quilt blocks, I usually associate them with dirndl skirts for summer. Unfortunately, my quilting style does not lend itself to the precision necessary to successfully use a border print. And my dirndl skirt days are a distant memory.

And yet, for some reason, I have a few border prints mixed in with my quilt fabrics. And in some quiet moment it occurred to me that border prints and baby clothes are a great combination. The simple style of a baby jacket will let the charm of the print shine–and with the busyness of the print along the hemline, it does not distract from the little cherub's chubby cheeks.

Limitations and boundaries can be frustrating, but they are also important catalysts in the design process. The next time you're faced with something that just isn't going to work, step back, let the water settle, and possibly something unexpected and delightful will bubble up.

Border prints and baby jackets–who knew?

For some truly inspiring patterns for children, check out Sew Beautiful magazine.

How do you work your way through design limitations? Forge ahead? Sit back? Some combination? I'd love to hear your stories.

Happy stitching,

This jacket is adapted from the pattern for the Handkerchief Baby Jacket by Tina Lewis featured in the recent Stitch with Style.


Other sewing topics you may enjoy:


Edging & Borders, For Children & Baby

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