A little while ago I shared a sneak peek of some Sunday Sewing on Facebook. The project? This adorable little playsuit I made for Penny. The polka dot and mint combination reminded me of mint chip ice cream and made me crave it.
Since it’s fall and the weather is getting a little cooler I like cozy clothes for my kids, I love playsuits, or jumpers, rompers, or whatever it is that you want to call it. Only thing I don’t like about them? I hate snaps at the crotch, I know I know I may be alone in this, for babies I don’t mind so much, they sit still during dipper changes (or at least more still than a toddler) they also go through 20 diaper changes a day it seems so having easy access makes sense. For toddlers/walkers however I hate them. I feel like my kids are always busting through the snaps as they bend and move, and lining up all those snaps during a diaper change? Forget about it. At least my kids are always so squirmy they just want to be done and go. Then kids get to the potty training age and I hate playsuits again. How are they supposed to get in and out of them? So for this little window of time, I decided to design a playsuit that I love.
Long pants, a top bodice inspired by the Maggie Mae which I love. A combination of knit and woven fabrics. The gathered and loose front accommodate the baby belly.
And a nice exposed zipper down the back. It makes dressing (even diaper changes) easy and I love the look. The back and crotch are fitted so that it doesn’t look sloppy.
So I made the free PDF pattern to share. It’s roughly a 12-18m size. Penny is 20 months although she is fairly petit, she still wears mostly 12-18m stuff although the length is almost in line with a 2T.
Penny’s height from top of shoulder to crotch is 16.5″ so if your child is longer or shorter you will want to adjust the pattern so that it fits.
You will need:
The Penny Playsuit PDF Pattern
1/4 yard woven fabric for the top
3/4 yard knit fabric for bottom (heavy knit french terry fabric was used for both of these)
1 7-9″ zipper
The pictures are going to bounce between the two that I made since I changed how I lined the bodice for the second one, since it was easier to sew.
To start. With right sides together sew two back A pieces to one front A piece at the shoulders. Repeat for the lining. Press the shoulder seam for both open flat. Then with right sides together sew the bodice and lining together along the sleeve edge, and along the neckline. Clip the curve.
Turn the bodice right side out and press well.
With right sides together sew the back A pieces to Back B pieces. (the upper bodice is shown differently ignore that)
For the front with right sides together sew the front B pieces together along the curve starting at the top ending at the point of the crotch.
Run a basting stitch along the top edge. Pull to gather.
Then with right sides together sew the gathered edge to the curved bodice edge of the front bodice A.
Now for the zipper. A pattern piece that is not part of the pattern but something I added to both playsuits was a zipper guard. I didn’t want the metal of the zipper to rub her back all day. So I cut a rectangle folded in half that was roughly the same size as the zipper. I folded the top and bottom edges under so they were finished edges.
Then place the zipper right sides together with the back. The raw edge of the zipper will match the raw edge of the back. Fold the top of the zipper down as well since the top neckline is already finished.
Place the zipper guard down on top so the raw edge matches the raw edges. Sew along the zipper as close to the teeth as possible. Stop where the zipper teeth end. (where the metal stopper is so before the bottom edge.)
Then with right sides together sew the other side of the zipper to the other side of the back. Make sure the seam from the top and bottom match going across and that the zipper matches at the top and bottom. Then sew as close to the teeth again stopping at the metal stopper. Finish seams as desired.
Match the back up right sides together. Sew the bottom B pieces together from as close to the zipper stopper down to the crotch point.
Then press it flat. top stitch around the zipper. You want to sew across the zipper shield along the bottom to secure the flap, but be careful NOT to catch the shield when you sew up the other side, you still want the zipper to open.
Then you will have a perfect little zipper with a shield that protects the metal from your child’s back.
Then with the front and back right sides together sew from the underarm and all the way down the leg. Repeat with the other side.
Lastly sew the inside leg. Do this by sewing up one leg and down the other. IF you want a snap crotch you can add a facing and snaps. Lastly hem the legs by turning them under and sewing and you are done.
The perfect little play suit. And since the bottom is knit is nice and cozy for the fall weather. I did leave the top with short sleeves so it could be layered with a cardigan on cooler days or worn without on what is often warmer weather.
Either way Penny is a fan, and I am glad I have two soon to be a few more.
Mint french terry is from Mood (although they are currently sold out)
Polka Dot is a cotton from Joann Fabric (always in stock in their stores)
The Jewel fabric is a french terry from Britex purchased in their San Francisco store.
Chambray was something I found scraps of in my stash and I don’t recall where it was from.
I LOVE this. I love rompers but also hate the in between potty stage. I’m currently training mine. It is such a cute piece though, I wonder if we could flip it around so the zipper is in the front so she could take it off herself. Anyways, it’s super cute and I want to make one right now. Thanks for the freebie!
I think you could totally turn it around. My kids are the type that need simple elastic waist pants while potty training or they struggle 🙂 If you cut the back A on a fold, and the front A not on the fold then you could easily add the zipper to the front instead of back.
so cute!!! thanks for the free pattern!!!
Okay ,this is making me wish I had a toddler again. Or at least a friend who has a toddler so I could sew up a stack of these. This is SO cute! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your free pattern:
So cute!! I need to have another baby girl!
I think I love you 😀
Realy nice and thank you for the pattern and the tutorial !
That is so adorable! My daughter is already potty trained, but I think I will enlarge the bodice a bit, and use it for a dress.
Thanks for sharing!
Hey, could you tell me on what size I can print them out?
I am in doubt.
Print the pattern at 100%
The pattern is for a 12-18m size.
Thank you so much for the pattern. I’m actually a bit intimidated with sewing knits, so…until I conquer that fear…can I use a different fabric for the bottom half without adjusting the pattern? Thanks again! Jessica
Thanks so much for this pattern. It is super cute. I’m a bit intimidated by knits, and happen to have a thin corduroy I’ve been saving. Can I use the pattern as is for a non-knit bottom half? Do I need to adjust it some for the lack in stretch? Thanks so much for your help!
I flipped this pattern for this months “flip the pattern”. I love how it turned out, thank you very much!
Love this look! Could linen be used for the top? And any suggestions for something other than french terry on the bottom to dress it up a little bit more?
I just finished this play suit and LOVE the way it looks on my 16 month old. I really struggled with the bottom of the zipper (sewing from the zipper stopper to the crotch). Do you have any suggestions? I want to make more since the first one turned out so cute!
When I sew that seam I, sew as close to the zipper as I can and then down to the crotch. Then I open the seam flat after and often sew a tack bar (back and forth stitch) over the bottom of the seam right over the zipper to keep the seam closed, and everything laying smooth. Careful when sewing over a zipper though so you don’t break a needle. I hope that helps!
I think you skipped the part of the tutorial where we sew the back top to the back bottom (before the zipper). It’s clear enough, though, to get an idea of what we need to do; thank you so much for an adorable pattern.
I didn’t skip the part of sewing the back top to the back bottom. Have you made one of these play suits Jennifer? I was asking Shauna- the one who made the tutorial the question.
Shauna- thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial. I really appreciate you posting this.
This pattern is adorable! I have a little girl on the way will love to make this for her. For some reason the pdf link is not working for me. I was wondering if you could email it to me. Thank you for the free pattern!
I’d love to make this for my granddaughter, but I think I’d want to add snaps all the way up the inner legs for ease in diaper changing. How much do I need to add to the width of the legs and to the crotch to be able to do this?
Also, I think it would be cute as a short romper for summer.
Thanks for the pattern and tutorial.
can’t seem to find anywhere if it says seam allowances are included in this pattern or not. iF they are included, what size seam allowance? thanx for the pattern super cute.
Perhaps I’ve missed that seam allowance. Is it 3/8 or 5/8?
Thank you for this perfekt pattern! I sewed it yesterday and I love it so much!
I was wondering if there was this pattern for like tween sized girls. I’m going to a wedding and am quite worried about the pre-wedding party.
Sorry I am not sure of a pattern like this that goes up to tween sizing.
I love this so much it makes me want to attempt a zipper for the first time ty!
I loved this pattern even tough I don’t have a sewing machine, this was my first hand-made project. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to do some more!!!
I love this pattern. I will resize it for my granddaughter who is between a 3 and 4T, although she is not yet 2 yrs. (tall parents…) Thank you for sharing your creativity so generously.
Just finished making the playsuit for my little girl aiming for summer wearing, but have tried it on her at 7.5 months and the shoulder to crotch is just about perfect fit. She’s just going into 0 sizing for bodysuits etc, so her torso is long rather than her legs. Any suggestions on adjusting pattern to fit this? I assumed 3/8 seam allowance as it wasn’t stated anywhere. Love the design!
Could this pattern be made with polycotton? Many thanks
Hi there! I’m pretty new to sewing and I’m having a difficult time understanding the pattern instructions. Have you, or do you know if someone else has done a tutorial on your pattern?
miranda Carrie cunningham
ok. same pattern ….bigger size please. my daughter is 3 going into 4t. this is so cute. plus as everyone mentioned a bigger size would be less of a potty training issue. please?
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