How you finish the garment for a little boy differentiates it from a little girl’s outfit. Notice the sleeves are gathered to a small band for a clean, easy finish. The sporty bill on the cap and simple smocking make the cap a crowning accessory.
For a boy’s gown, rather than smock the long sleeves, cut them about 1/2″ shorter than the pattern and then gather to a narrow bias band. This just makes it a little more boyish.
Cut two bias bands for the sleeves that are the same width as for the neck bias band to the following measurements: Preemie – 4″, Newborn – 4.5″, 6 months – 5.5″, 9 months – 6.5″, 12 months – 7″
Laurie Anderson is from middle Tennessee and is the owner of Southern Stitches, an online boutique of vintage-inspired heirlooms, smocking, handmades, embroideries and ePatterns. Laurie was a commissioned designer and regular contributor for Sew Beautiful magazine from 2004 to 2014. She is a member of the Smocking Arts Guild of America and chapter coordinator for her local Threads of Love ministry. Her love for heirloom sewing and smocking began at the birth of her children, who are grown, and she now enjoys designing and sewing for her business.
You can find the project instructions in our Spring 2016 issue!