You don’t often hear the word “hip” or “modern” associated with kids’ clothing — often our options center around the word “basic” more than anything. However, there are some truly inspiring people making beautifully designed threads for kids, and we’re excited to share a favorite of ours, Sophie of Cirque Du Bebe. Her clothing celebrates the beauty of materials and the fun of creating a beautiful garment — clothes that celebrate the whimsy of being a child.
Sophie shares her creative talents sewing for both children and adults all the way from Australia, filling her projects with rich textiles and fun anecdotes about being a mother. Her whimsical blog name, Cirque Du Bebe, is a celebration of her circus of a life living with little ones. We’d like to share with you four of her original projects for little ones, great for rainy day sewing and modern inspiration.
Sophie’s baby sarouels (low hanging bottoms, seen here as a lounge/pajama pant) are so cute, we just can’t stop looking at them! Seeing a tiny tot with these might just be the cutest thing we’ve ever seen, and what’s best is that they’re easy to make. Find a fun printed thin knit or make them from an existing t-shirt, why have lounge pants for a little one any other way?
These toddler “sweatpants” are perfect for chilly nights, a super comfortable slip-on that is an easy sewing project. We love sewing for babies and tots because the style makes it so sizing is easy and not as tedious as sewing for an adult. These are shown made using an adult hoodie for the fabric, a great option if you’re looking to get rid of some clothes.
The circus is coming to town with these vintage-inspired boys’ bloomers, a really cute style that we can see working for girls, too. A loose pant with simple cuffing, we love the details on the pockets to make them pop against the busy print. Follow along as Sophie shows you how to make adjustments for length and closing in seams with simple binding strips.
This project might be our favorite in a long time, a t-shirt with an interactive element of play! Featuring a lightly stuffed telephone toy with a cute coil made from cording, it’s super stylish and fun for them, too. If you can’t find a material you like with a simple graphic like the one shown here, grab a stencil and stamp it yourself, or try your free-hand skills with some fabric markers or fabric paint. We see this becoming a wardrobe favorite in no time.
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