A generation of baby bloomers

 Is this year being the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac the reason for the baby boom? It’s the only thing I can think of to explain why at least FIFTEEN babies are being born to people I know this year. Strangely enough, none of them are Chinese! Needless to say, I’ve been having to churn out baby gear at a rate of knots recently. These bloomers are my latest effort. I made them using this vintage pattern.

 I wouldn’t usually make two of something at once, but with this many babies around, I decided a mini production line was the only way to handle things. So that’s why I have two identical pairs of kind-of nautical bloomers for some little Japanese boys in Tokyo. I made them from vintage yukata (casual summer kimono) material and then just ironed on an anchor motif. 

It’s a myth that baby clothes are quick to make – I reckon they take easily as long as big human garments, and these took longer than expected because the legs have got facings to make the elastic casing. So if you’ve got as many babies in your life as I have and want to make something for them, I’d recommend buying a ready-made garment and adding personal touches (ironing a motif on is something even the least crafty person can do!) rather than sewing from scratch!

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