Baby Boy Outfit - Using FREE Patterns!

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

I made another baby outfit! And oh my, it is so much fun making tiny little things :) For this outfit I used two FREE patterns! The sweatshirt is the Charlie Sweatshirt pattern by Shwin & Shwin. I modified this to make it smaller, I'll go into detail on that in a bit. The pants are Rae's Basic Newborn Pants pattern. How awesome are these ladies for sharing these free patterns with us!?

Let's talk about the pants for a bit...

They have a serious cute factor, are super fast to sew up, and did I mention, cute!!?? I want to sew about a dozen more!

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants
I decided to "pimp these baby pants" and added the pockets and trim. Because why not? Details are so fun.

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

Now... For my "DOH!!" moment. These are a gift. And they have already been mailed and received by the mama-to-be. I just realized, right before writing this post, I made a big mistake! I will be remaking the pants and shipping them off asap, and hope they will arrive before the baby does!

What did I do? Well, Rae just wrote this post about the baby pants she made for her own little one, who will be entering the world shortly. In that post (please read if you plan to make your own), she reminds to make sure not to confuse the leg seams and the center seams. As soon as I read that sentence, I knew I had done it.... *Sad face* 

I mean seriously. I worked so hard to match up those chevrons. And I was so proud of how it worked out. I did hold them up and wonder if they would be big enough for a cute little baby butt, but I knew Rae knew what she was doing. Well, now I know, they won't. And it was my fault!! Oh well... Move on... Learn from my mistake! Honestly, that is how I learn the best. ;)

Ok. Now let's talk about the sweater. Which I haven't figured out how I've messed up yet ;)

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

I really needed a cute little top to go with those pants to round out the gift. I remembered I had pinned this cute little sweater and went to check it out again. I thought it would be the perfect accompaniment for the little flannel pants but the pants are size 0-3 and sweater pattern is a 6-12. I do realize I could have just added length to the pants pattern so that they both fit at 6-12 mo, but this baby probably won't be wearing this sort of thing in that time frame. So... I downsized the sweater pattern!

This was actually pretty simple to do.

Step 1: Print the pattern. Then use your copier and copy at 90%.
Step 2: The waist ribbing, wrist ribbing and neck ribbing need to be made slightly smaller. Cut these at:
Waist Ribbing: 16"x4"
Wrist Ribbing: 5"x4"
Neck Ribbing: 12"x5"
Step 3: Proceed with the tutorial as written!

I compared this to a RTW 0-3 month sweater and it was right on. So there you have it! :)

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

Seriously, I'm in love with this sweater!

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

Elbow patches!?? Serious cuteness right there...

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

I used a super soft, medium weight jersey knit from Joann Fabrics for the main, the ribbing for the cuffs and neck are also from there. The waffle knit I used for the elbow patches are from

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

The result was so cozy, I really did have a hard time parting with it. Even though not a soul in this household could wear it :)

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

Now go make your own cozy little outfit for a sweet little baby in your life!

Charlie Sweatshirt & Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

Just please be sure to make the pants the right way ;)


Here is the new pair I made to send off to Baby B!

Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

Yes, I had to use the bicycle washi tape. How could I not!?

Rae's Basic Newborn Pants

I'm kind of in love with this fabric combo...

And both of these patterns are gender neutral, I'd love make a girly version, too!

Sweatshirt Pattern: Charlie Sweatshirt by Shwin & Shwin
Fabric: Gray main & Gray Ribbing = Joann Fabrics, Gray Waffle Elbow Patches =

Fabrics: all from Joann Fabrics

Tags: Made by me

Happy Sewing!!

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  1. Thank you Jenya! I seriously want one of the sweatshirts in my size ;)

  2. That is just about the cutest sweatshirt I have ever seen! I think I'm going to have to adjust that pattern a bit in the opposite direction for my 2 year old :)

  3. that sweatshirt is SO cute! Holy freaking Moly it is awesome!

    1. Lol, Thanks Shantel! Your sweet little man would look completely adorable in one!!


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