Monday, October 5, 2009

The Envelope Neck

I'm planning on making this little bodysuit for a baby gift, but wanted to try out the pattern first.
So Molly got a new top out of the deal. There's a little growing room there, but that's good, because growing is what she's been doing a lot of lately.

The pattern is from Ottobre 5-2006-1. I used my coverstitch for the binding, which turned out beautifully (yeah, it takes practice, but once you get the hang of it, there's no going back...). I first used size 14 snaps (those things are tiny!) but they just could not fit through all those layers of fabric. They pulled out on the first try (grrrr....). I managed to dig them out and replace them with size 16. I also put a bit of twill tape in between the layers to interface each side of the crotch - this of course made it thicker. The snaps eventually pulled through the fabric on my first knit romper.

On my next go-around I'll try to get the sides (flaps?) of the back neckline to come down further in front so the neckline is less floppy.


  1. What size snaps are you supposed to use? 20's? I have a snap press and size 20's. Just ordered the 16 and "star" dies. I have the "New Conceptions" patterns. One is a body suit that I want to make for my, soon to be, grandson. I found some t-shirt knit sheets ($6 for a x-long twin set @ WM)I am going to make practice pieces with. I want to make body suits - but I'm very concerned about the snaps in the crotch .....Are metal snaps any better?

    By the way: Beautiful Baby.

    Sam in Middle TN

  2. Nice deal on the knit sheets - good for practicing!

    I used size 16 long-prong metal snaps and they worked well. Size 20 metal snaps would look huge and wouldn't fit on the binding. However, I've never sewn with polyresin snaps...


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