Alastair’s Hurry-up Easter Suit

A Easter suit

I know this outfit is crooked on the hanger. There was a stiff breeze blowing and I could not keep the shirt hanging properly.


We always talk about how busy we are, but I have never let other things make me cut it so close with Easter outfits for the grandchildren.  Just like when my children were small, I was up until after midnight Saturday before Easter.




But I finished all four outfits.

Alastair’s Easter suit was a very satisfying project.  Like few hurry-up projects, it finished up quite nicely, leaving me  generally pleased.   I learned that sometimes surrendering my picky-ness for a rush project is okay.  It is more important to have an  OK outfit done for Easter than an up- to-my-picky-standards outfit done a week later.  This was made in about a day and a half, and those were busy days aside from sewing.


goods A suit


One of my favorite big boy patterns, Hudson’s Sunday Suit by Ginger Snaps Designs is made up in an almost suit weight linen and trimmed with Swiss insertion, pale blue entredeux, and blue perle cotton.  The shorts are made from  quick and easy Children’s Corner Jackson, my go-to shorts pattern.  Blue pinfeather cord is the fabric used. Pale blue vintage MOP buttons close the shirt in the back.


A shirt front

The C monogram is from the Martha Pullen IEC alphabet for 2002.

 NOTE:  Erin asked about the embellishment under the C.  It is from an old Viking collection, Crown I,  set 1300, design orna5.  Some of the detail was edited out to simplify the design.  This is the original design. 

Viking Crown Coll 1 orna5

The shirt is a heavy linen which worked especially well for my short time frame.  It was too heavy for a nice French seam, so the seams were serged.  Though I normally would have done the hem and back facing by hand, instead they were first serged and then machine stitched in place.   As it turned out, I found  this to be less offensive than expected.  The fine thread seemed to melt into the thicker linen. The pants will be re-hemmed by hand as soon as I get my hands on them again and I might as well do the shirt hem at the same time.

Blue entredeux was inserted into the collar and along the sleeve cuffs.   The plan was to work a tiny crocheted edge through the entredeux holes, but that didn’t work out.  There was nothing in my stash that was both the right color and the right weight for that to happen.  So, rushed as I was, the only solution I could come up with was to work a buttonhole stitch through those holes with #8 perle cotton.

Not only did  that take a long time, but it took a surprisingly huge amount of perle cotton.   I threaded my tapestry needle with what looked like miles of perle cotton and started at the back, where I always prefer to start so I can adjust my tension, etc. in a less conspicuous spot.

But YIKES!  I ran out of perle cotton about an inch from the center front of the collar.  Ugh….So the where I had to start with a new length of perle cotton is pretty obvious right there.  After all those buttonhole stitches, the blue entredeux is almost lost, but the holes served a purpose.

By the time I got to the sleeves, I was determined not to run out of perle cotton.  The cuff measured 12″ so I cut 90″.  When I finished, there were no more than 12″ left over!  From now on, I will calculate 7x the length needed for this treatment.


A sleeve insertion

The sleeves were inserted with blue entredeux which I thought was a nice detail.  In my rush, it wasn’t a perfect job–note the area where the fabric of the entredeux shows.  But again, it was worth it to have the outfit done in time for Easter.

In the sleeve insertion directions, there is a suggestion to make a pleat at the shoulder seam if you have trouble making gathers.  I don’t have trouble with that, but as the clock kept ticking, I thought that would be quicker than running 3 rows of gathering stitches, distributing them, etc.  It was very quick.


sleeve pleat in place of gathers

sleeve pleat in place of gathers


Alastair’s mother is having portraits taken of Alastair and baby Vivian Rose in their Easter finery.  I can’t wait to see them.

Though I didn’t get the Easter Sunday photos I wanted, I did get this shot of the children. After a big holiday dinner, no one ever wants dessert right away.  Saturday, I had the bunny cake baked but didn’t have time to frost it.  So between dinner, play time and dessert, they helped me decorate the cake.

There was no time to make dark frosting for the whiskers so we used stems from the parsley in my herb garden.  Green whiskers!  That tickled them.

They loved working with a pastry bag.  And they really loved eating “their” cake.


cake bosses


11 responses to “Alastair’s Hurry-up Easter Suit

  1. Janice, it turned out perfectly perfect! You are your worst critic. I am sure that when he had it on, no one could even tell. I really like the inserts and the pleated sleeves.

  2. Thanks, Beckie, for your reassuring words. It’s really hard for me to give up pinstitching, hand hems, etc. but the overall look pleased me. That little trick on the sleeves is neat. Nancy Coburn always has good tips in her Ginger Snap patterns.

  3. The set in sleeves with the entreduex is just to die for! Love love love this outfit!

  4. Thanks, Beth. I’m glad you like this quick and easy Easter set. Alastair loved it and that was an unexpected surprise.

  5. How do you sew entredeux to entredeux? The insertion I got already has white entredeux and I want to use the blue. Do I sew the entredeux together by sewing in one hole to the other (by machine?).

  6. Mary Rose, first check to see if the spacing of the blue and while entredeux holes are the same. If you were to trim away the fabric edging on each side to be joined and butt them together, would the white and blue holes match up and the bars be exactly opposite to one another? If so, I would cut a strip of water soluble stabilizer, spray it with adhesive and place the two strips side by side, with edges butting. Then you would just set your zig zag stitch so that it reaches across the vertical bars and still goes in each hole. The question would be what color thread to use, white or blue. It has been said that a lighter color against a dark is more noticeable than a dark against a light. You would have to work that out to see what looks best.

    If the spacing of the holes in the white and blue entredeux is not the same size, which is the more likely probability, you could begin just as suggested above but stitch very slowly so as not to hit a bar. Each hit or missed hole would draw up one side of the entredeux. If that happens, one side would be longer than the other and you would not get a flat insertion. It would be difficult but certainly possible to join them successfully by machine. This would be done more easily if you the adjoining edges are trimmed as above and then have a strip of double sided tape applied under the outside fabric edges. Next, place them on a the water soluble stabilizer.

    The third option would be to join them by hand. To do that, I would trim the adjoining edges, as before, and then place a strip of double sided tape under the outside fabric edges, just as above. Next, I would place them on a piece of Stitch N Ditch or a narrow strip of any paper and put the entredeux strips onto the paper, with sides butted. Then you could hand stitch them together evenly with neither entredeux strip shifting.

    Good luck! Let me know if I can help you in any way. I love blue entredeux.

  7. Where did you find the embellishment under the “C” for this outfit? I love the monogram!

  8. Erin, I’m glad you liked this monogram. Even though I was in a terrible rush, I looked for a very long time to find something simple enough to go under that fancy C. I found it in an old Viking , The Crow Collection Vol. 1, Ornaments. The design is “orna5” though I edited out some of the curliques and a flower. I can’t figure out how to insert it into this message but I will add it to the blog post. You must be thinking ahead to Easter. I’d love to see anything you make. Thanks for reading my blog.

  9. love your work and your attention to detail is magnificent ! Do you sew for others? My daughter is getting married and wants something like you have made for the ring bearer. Our grandson(brides nephew ) will be 18 months for the September 14 wedding.
    Thank you for consideration

  10. Mary, I am just too busy to take on another project. But I reached out to my well qualified sewists and found a recommendation. I hope Trish has been in touch with you by now. Our home was struck by lightning shortly after I contacted my friends. It took out most of our electronics including the internet. No sooner was it back up then another strike knocked it out again. All this is to say I’m sorry to be so slow to reply to your kind inquiry.

  11. Mary, I have written to you privately. It sounds like time is short. But what a wonderful event you have coming up!

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