My sister in law is expecting her first baby in February and I am so excited because I love love love sewing for babies. They are having a boy which is even better because I miss sewing for a boy. So one of the first things I made (and there will be many more) was the Charlie Sweatshirt, with an embroidered Elephant appliqué on the front.
To make the shirt you will need to make the Embroidered Elephant Sweatshirt:
The Charlie Sweatshirt Pattern (FREE PDF Pattern size 6-12m found HERE) (I sized it down a bit for a 3m just so it would work for the seasons)
1/2 yard (or less) knit fabric (here I used a combination of french terry with modal lycra from Girl Charlee and it is dreamy)
Knit scraps and interfacing for Elephant
Hand sewing needle
Now since I sized down my pattern a bit by making it slightly narrower and shorter, the elephant was a tight fit, I should have trimmed it down a bit but it worked ok. I cut the elephant shape out using the template and I used mid weight interfacing and the french terry fabric in grey. I pressed the interfacing to the back of the knit and then cut the elephant out. Then I pinned it in place while I stitched on the details. If you wanted to you could use an embroidery pen or disappearing ink to copy the design lines on to the elephant but it’s small enough I just kind of eyeballed it. Then after adding the detail lines I stitched around the edge with my sewing machine.
Then I finished the top following the pattern
I seriously love this little sweatshirt. The french terry with the modal lycra is so so soft and cozy. It has the perfect stretch and I really love the masculine colors they have right now. I have the regular cotton french terry, and while I love it because I love french terry all around it is stiffer and less stretchy, and not quite as soft, still great weight and quality.
I really love the little elephant head. Jude asked me for one in his size so that may just be coming 🙂 (someday)