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TODDLER HAREM JUMPSUIT

May 12, 2014
I can’t take much credit for the idea of this make.  A super stylish friend of mine wanted to learn how to make one for her daughter so I decided that it would be fun if we made them together as I taught her.  My friend supplied the fabric, but it is a nice cobalt blue linen from Grainline in the garment district here in NYC.  I was worried that it was too thick, but in the end I think it worked out perfectly.  The natural texture of the fabric really adds to the hippie feel of the silhouette.

The pattern is Burda 05/2013 #143 with a few modifications.  The pattern is made for a knit and I used a linen instead which worked great.  I did take some of the width out of the pattern – about an 1 on the front and back.  I think it made it a bit more flattering.  I also omitted the braiding around the neckline.  Instead I just hemmed both armholes and did a bias casing around the front and back necklines and let those casings turn into the bows at the shoulders.  The actual pattern is great, but the instructions are seriously lacking.  I am pretty used to this with burda patterns, but just know that you should feel confident in your skills before using this pattern as you will have to improvise.

I love a harem silhouette on a child.  It just feels so urban and cool.  I do think that jumpsuits can be tricky for children though.  Pretty much she can only wear it on days when we are together as I don’t think that she would ever be able to get in on and off on her own.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Suzanne May 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    That is so sweet and lovely! I hear you about wearability. Bathroom breaks would be tricky for a little kid in an outfit like this without some intervention! The dropped back is so adorable.

  • Reply Kristi May 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Very cute. Love the low back.

  • Reply Heather Lou May 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    You have a born DIY blogger baby, FYI. Girl knows how to pose.

    Once again, CAN YOU MAKE ME ONE?

  • Reply SewTell May 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Super cute.

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee May 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Gosh I love this! The low back is the icing on top!

  • Reply gingermakes May 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Holy crow, this is adorable! It’s so stylish and so awesome! Your daughter is beyond cute.

  • Reply pootleandmake May 13, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Your daughter wins the best dressed toddler award hands down. This outfit is so chic!

  • Reply yours truly, melissa May 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Adorable! Such a perfect spring outfit.

    I’d love to dress my daughter in something so cute.

  • Reply muenzeeins May 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    it looks so gorgeous!! thanks so much for your tips on what you used differently in regard to the original pattern; I remember the original in the magazine last year and didn’t really make me jump… but looking at your version, I’ll put it definitly on the to-do list for our little lady once she’s tall enough, 10months it’s a bit just :)… and for her big brother not really the right look :)… thanks!!

  • Reply liza jane May 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Adorable!

  • Reply Fabric Tragic May 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Too cute! Gorgeous colour on her!

  • Reply Lisa May 14, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Super sweet. She’s got those poses down pat!

  • Reply Rian Krommenhoek May 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    She looks so sweet in it!

  • Reply Kelly D. May 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    She’s just the cutest!! Looks like perfect toddler wear too 🙂

  • Reply Tiffaney April 6, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    Hello! Do you sell this pattern? I bought this one but it doesn’t give very good instructions for US sizes. You did a wonderful job!
    http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/girls-harem-jumpsuit-052013

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