3. O tamanho
Estes moldes antigos normalmente só têm um tamanho (ao contrário dos moldes modernos, que incluem vários tamanhos num só envelope). Este tamanho é para 6 meses e fica mesmo à medida do Pedro, que acabou de fazer 5 meses.
4. Notas finais
Gosto muito deste modelo absolutamente intemporal e o molde é bastante bom. Como cá estamos no Verão, visto-o por cima de um body branco de mangas curtas ou de uma camisa, ou sem nada por baixo nos dias de muito calor. Se fosse Inverno, podê-lo-ia ter feito num tecido mais quente (uma fazenda fininha ou uma vaiela), para ser vestido por cima de uma camisola e de uns collants.
Summer is finally here and I intent to make the most of it! The arrival of warmer weather was the perfect excuse to whip up a little romper for Pedro. Even though Pedro has inherited all of Rodrigo’s clothes and isn’t in need of much else, I really want to sew a few pieces for him because now I know how quickly the first year goes by. In addition to that, every time I follow a pattern I learn something new, and that’s fun and useful!
1. The pattern
Style 4137, a pattern from 1984 that I found at a local charity shop. I searched online for information regarding this pattern company but found nothing about it. The instructions are typical of this older patterns, in that they are short, assume a lot of prior knowledge and require hand-finishing (there isn’t any topstitching on this romper). The only alteration I made was adding snaps for easier nappy changing.
2. The fabric
Gingham seersucker bought at Armazém dos Linhos (a fabric shop in Porto, Portugal, that mustn’t be missed as it’s full of traditional Portuguese fabrics and a nice selection of dressmaking materials). I love seeing babies (both boys and girls) dressed in light grey so I snapped up this print as soon as I laid eyes on it. The original plan was to make matching shorts for Rodrigo but unfortunately I didn’t buy enough fabric for that…
3. The size
These old patterns usually only come in one size (as opposed to modern sewing patterns that are multisized). This one is for 6 months and it fits Pedro (who’s just turned 5 months) perfectly.
4. Final notes
I love this timeless style for babies and this pattern is great. As it’s summer right now, Pedro will wear it over a white short-sleeved bodysuit or shirt, or — if it gets really hot — with nothing underneath. If it were winter I would have made it in a thicker fabric (either wool or viyella), to be worn over a wool cardigan and a pair of tights.
(photos: © Constança Cabral)