If you have a child diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia, or DDH, finding and choosing appropriate clothing to fit over a Spica Cast can be quite challenging. Being crafty with a sewing machine to sew a Spica wardrobe will save money as well as provide everyday choices.
Sewing Kids Spica Cast Clothing
My 15 month granddaughter was recently diagnosed with DDH and will soon undergo surgery to correct her hip. Since it will be summer, I was discussing with her mom appropriate clothing choices for the hot, humid summer here in New England.
Most of the clothing selections I found were all UK based. I’m convinced that there really needs to be more awareness of Hip Dysplasia, and for new parents to be aware of it at their newborn check-ups.
While dresses are often the clothing of choice, as they’re easy to put on and remove, unfortunately a diaper cover is not very practical.
Girls Basic Flexible Waist Skirt
Thankfully I learned to sew many years ago in Home Ec class. Now there’s a class that should be taught again in Middle School here in the USA. It’s a life-long skill and provides a great hobby.
Bingo ! I purchased some colorful cotton and cotton lycra fabric on Etsy, and added a Yoga knit top waistband. This skirt is easy to make (after my first prototype).
The waistband can be worth either up or folded over to allow for growth and body placement.
I purchased some colorful one piece bodysuits in cotton, so that they can do double duty as a diaper cover.
Spica Cast Pants
Shorts and tops are always easy for play in the summer. I decided to try my hand at making a free-form pattern cut from newspaper.
I sewed these hip spica cast shorts and used a strip of snaps along the side so they can be easily removed when diapering baby girl. These spica cast pants were made from cotton material that I washed ahead of time to allow for shrinkage. I put in an elastic waist.
It’s recommended when choosing clothes for spica casts, to go up one size from the child’s usual size.
I call them my prototype.
Since they didn’t stretch much, I purchased cotton lycra material in some fun colors, which have a bit of stretch. I’ll be making those up next as I now have some practice with the first pair.
As a cute accessory, I made matching Double Sided Fabric Headbands, which also was a Free Sewing Pattern that I found. These cute elastic headbands whip up in a breeze, and would also make cute gifts !
Hopefully the surgery will go well and my granddaughter will be running around again soon.
These skirts are cute not only for special needs children, but adorable enough for any toddler or girl of any age to add to her wardrobe !
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