Pattern Construction for Baby Basics(Photo Credit: Technical Drawing S. David)
Pattern drafting for baby wear up to 2 years requires some experience. This includes material selection and fullness for diapers as well as comfortable garment openings that make undressing easier. Infants have different proportions than schoolchildren, a babies’ head is one-fifth the size of the Body.
You find the complete pattern constructions in our magazine Rundschau for women 12.2014.
Long Sleeve Body(Photo Credit: Technical Drawing S. David)
Front and Back Pattern
Use the basic body block in size 74 as a template. Since the head size of a baby in proportion to the neck size is much larger than the adult head, the neckline needs an extra opening for the head to pass through. There are several variations for the neckline closure. Often you can see bodies with snap placket at the shoulder.
To avoid pressure and friction for delicate and sensitive skin, the overlapping shoulder is a simple and convenient variant, which provides enough width for the head. Draw the new shoulder seam as shown in the illustration and mirror it over the shoulder on the front and back pattern.
Finished Pattern Pieces
Figure 2 shows the finished pattern pieces.
Front and Back Pattern
Draft the basic front and back pattern as shown for the body block in size 74 but according to the measurements of size 50 (see measurement chart). The armhole is drafted but the calculations of the sleeve measurements are not necessary. The wrap body is designed with short batwing sleeves.
The body is constructed with a wrap closure, which is particularly convenient for handling newborns. In the first few weeks, the head should be lifted very gently and always supported. A body that must be pulled over the head is not suitable for a newborn. The wrap body can be easily opened and closed without lifting the head.
Lengthen the shoulder seam 6 cm and square down. Mark the sleeve hem 7.5 cm wide and measure 0.5 cm to the left. Draw the sleeve hem slightly curved. Lower the armhole 1 cm and draw the curved sleeve seam.
Front Pattern and Finished Pattern Pieces
Trace a copy of the front pattern and mirror it over the centre front. Draw the neckline and the overlap for the wrap front. Mark the snap fasteners. Tie the overlap with a bow sewn from the binding. The right picture shows the finished pattern pieces.
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