I’m a little behind schedule on the holiday clothing production – so when I made Baby Q’s Jack O’ Lantern longall, I made it reversible so this outfit can last through Thanksgiving. It’s a decision that gave a certain neurotic mommy great peace of mind.
This is my favorite Johnny Pattern from Children’s Corner, Inc. Making this for the first time? Check out my tutorial on how to make a Johnny!
It’s easy to make a longall reversible. The only difference is that you add a second set of buttons on the other side of the straps. You’ll want to sew these buttons on by hand, sewing in such a way that your buttons have a little give. Imagine enough space between the back of the button and the fabric to accommodate the thickness of your buttonhole tab. In other words, if you attack the buttons as snugly as possible, your buttonhole tabs won’t have space to neatly settle under the buttons when fastened.
For my 3-year-old, I coordinated his look by making pants out of same the plaid used in Baby Q’s longall. I bought an orange t-shirt and added the same pumpkin face applique from Planet Applique.
The other side is a fall pumpkin which can inspire thoughts of Halloween or Thanksgiving. To personalize it, add a monogram.
If you don’t have an embroidery machine, don’t despair. You can applique with a regular sewing machine. It’s not hard. If your machine has a zig zag stitch, then it can applique. My best advice is to take a short class to learn this technique. You can also check out this tutorial as well. The pants are the easy fit pants from Scientific Seamstress – a staple in our house for pajama bottoms and regular pants.
Now that we are ready for Halloween, here comes Thanksgiving and Christmas!!!!!!
P.S. The coat featured in one of the pictures is the School Days Coat from Oliver + S – it is the one project where I relished sewing each step!