I was too worn out from Top Week to participate in Meg’s Kid’s Clothes Week Challenge a couple weeks ago, although I had the best of intentions (and check out the fun stuff everyone made, by the way). But I did succeed in making a couple of things for the baby. The pattern was the result of messing around with the Itty Bitty Baby Dress Pattern, sizing it up to a 9-month size, adding a back closure, raising the waist. I can’t say it’s all that interesting, just a basic shape, but I do always appreciate a good back closure when dressing my squirmy child.
UPDATED (2/13): This pattern is now available as the Geranium Dress Sewing pattern in sizes 0-5T; if you’d just like a newborn size you can check out my free Little Geranium pattern, and do check out the tutorial on adding trim if you like the ric rac on the bodice!
Some of you who have been around here awhile might recognize that floral fabric from the Itty Bitty Dress Pattern sample. You’d think I could cut into some of the NEW designer fabric I have yards and yards of just sitting on the shelf. But no, for new things I am such a wimp. I don’t want to risk biffing and wasting the fabric. You know, all half a yard of it (rolls eyes at self). Anyway, I gotta use up my little scraps for tiny dresses before my baby girl gets too big. Or something like that.
Since C is crawling now (at almost 10 months old) her dresses have to be short enough not to get caught under her knees. Not something you think about much, but 6-12 month size clothes for babies should always take crawling into consideration. She therefore needed something to go underneath, so I took an old pink knit pajama shirt and turned it into capri leggings.
I used my Baby Tights Tutorial to do this, just chopped off the bottom 2 inches of the pattern (I think? You’d think it’d kill me to write this stuff down occasionally).
I *heart* anything with ric-rac on babies and the pattern’s great. I’ll certainly use it again, enlarging it as the baby grows. Though this dress seems a little too boring for me to exert much energy producing it for public consumption, it seems like the sort of thing you could find somewhere else. But overall: Success!