The Paneled Sunsuit - Not Just a Sunsuit Tour

Hi! First of all, please excuse all the pink overload on this post. I really hope you don't get... hummm... nauseous... and that you can make it to the end. :) 

This has been a super busy week. Last week we were away on vacation and this week started with the 4th birthday of this little (not-so-little) girl and then lots of sewing and blogging. I guess September really is the month of new beginnings and going back on track, after a long unscheduled Summer. :) (Actually it is still Summer around here, and my kids are still on vacation, at home. Yes, really. Two more weeks to go.) 

I finally posted about this great toy I made last December (!) which helps toddlers learning the different colors. Then I guest blogged over Patchwork Posse with a tutorial on how to make the most quick & easy girls skirt and another tutorial on how to sew French seams

Today, I am sharing with you my last making - this cute Summer PJ's - for the "Not Just a Sunsuit tour". When Ajaire (Call Ajaire) invited me to sew her very first pattern I couldn't say no!  

Props: Quilt and pillow cover from Zara Home, kids section.

Paneled suit by Designs by Call Ajaire

Fabric & Notions:

  • Voile with peach skin flowers. This fabric was offered to me by my lovely aunt who lives in Canada. Now that I think about it, Ajaire is also from Canada! How fun is that? It was completely unintentional!
  • Vintage lace and embroidery anglaise. This embroidery cotton was given to me by my mom a couple of weeks of ago, along with some gorgeous vintage embroidered and lace collars (you can see them here, on my Instagram feed).

The recommended fabrics are light-to-medium wovens, such has cotton, cotton lawn, double gauze, denim, chambray, linen, voile, poplin, sateen.

This pattern is probably the most versatile pattern I have ever seen. It offers TEN different views, with a few options. You will find a sunsuit, a jumpsuit, a maxi dress, a jumper, two tanks, shorts, trousers, maxi skirt and above the knee skirt. There are options for adding a pocket (with or without faux piping) and now Ajaire even added an option for long sleeves! How amazing is that?  

The title of this tour is "Not Just a Sunsuit". Well, I really took it as a challenge and came up with these Summer Nighties
I made view F - a tank with hemmed waist - to which I actually added embroidered cotton trim, and view I - shorts - and omitted the pockets. (I guess pockets are not a necessity when this girl is, well, sleeping. That or I was just, you know, lazy.)

This pattern is available in sizes newborn up to 12! I have made the tank on a size 4 and the shorts on a size 5. I probably should have made the tank also on size 5 because it looks a little snug and I think she won't be able to wear it next year. Also, I think it was a bit short on her toddler belly ( I think it was designed to be a crop top) so I'm glad I added the trim.

There are no closures - the elastic on the straps and back bodice makes it an easy on-off for little girls. The shorts, trousers and skirts also have an elasticized waistband instead of a closure, so again it makes it super easy for little girls to dress themselves. 

Another great thing about this pattern is that there is an option for a snap strip at the crotch which is perfect for the smaller sizes, regarding diaper changes. Ajaire has thought of everything!

The instructions are really thorough and clear. I can't imagine how many hours (months!) of work Ajaire has put into this. I am seriously in awe. She could have made several different patterns, but instead you get several patterns for the price of one pattern. (Don't you love her already?)

There is a giveaway of 4 copies of the Paneled Sunsuit pattern! All you need to do is entry the Rafflecopter below.
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Ajaire is also kindly offering 15% discount on the purchase of the Paneled Sunsuit pattern during this tour (until Sept 4th).  Join the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group and you will have access to a coupon code for an extra 5% off (so a total of 20% off), just sayin'. :)

Take a look at all the other participants on this tour. You will find amazing inspiration!

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela
Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters
Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini
Friday August 28th: That's Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade
Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations
Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That's What She Crafted
Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many
Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates
Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

I can't believe this little lady just turned 4 last Monday. I'm happy she is still a baby: she talks with a toddler sweet voice tone, can't say her "r"s, and let's not talk about all the adorable baby chubbiness and (still) small hands. :) 

She is the most lovely, super sweet, adorable human being I know. :) I love her more than I can express by words. <3 

Happy sewing!


  1. Tão doce Sara! E ela está tão bonita :-)

  2. One of the prettiest versions of this pattern I´ve seen! Perfectly adorable for a 4 year old <3

  3. She is just the sweetest! I love these :)

  4. My girls would love these! Pink is very popular in our house <3

  5. Happy 4th birthday to your gorgeous girl :) I hope she will have the sweetest dreams in her new jammies :)


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