Just Plain Glenn

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that Children’s Corner Glenn is one of my favorite patterns for little boys.  It comes with a button-on bib which offers countless opportunities for hand or machine embroidery.

For my 9 month old grandson, Alastair, I have made two Glenns, this one in black check and the other of brown plaid Viyella.   The bibs were for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother Goose Story Time.

One of the best things about this pattern is that if you embroider the suit itself, a soiled, embroidered bib can be removed, leaving the baby looking fresh, clean and well dressed.  This just plain Glenn (suit with no bib) was shown in the Mother Goose post, with a bib of the same name.  With the zebra, embroidered on white fabric and applique’d on to the black check,  Alastair can be Mowgli, playing with zebras in the Jungle Book.

The pattern suggests adding side tabs if making the outfit without the bib.  But if Glenn is made with the tabs, the bib simply attaches to the back tab button.  Then when the bib is removed, the tabs offer a nice design element to the suit.

scan showing design and tabs

The only tricky feature of this pattern is the buttonhole size. It seems obvious, now that I am wiser, that those on the bib and those on the suit must be the same size.

After I mailed the first suit and bib to my grandson, who  lives almost 3 hours away, I had no more buttons with which to size the buttonholes on the second bib.  Since then, I make sure that I have at least one suit button put aside so that the buttonholes on the new bib in my sewing room can accommodate the buttons on the suit 3 hour away.

As I write this post, I am visiting this little guy and his family.  For the life of me, I cannot recall where I got the baby zebra design.  On-line, I have looked up and eliminated Zoo Babies by Sue Box and Minnie’s Zoo by Babylock.  If you recognize this baby zebra design and know the source, please let me know so I can update this post.

UPDATE:  I’m home and checked my notes.  The baby zebra embroidery design is from Bernina’s Gentle Kingdom collection.

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