Am back from Mexico! Am missing coconut ice cream!

After the last post I had an epiphany. You don’t really read my blog for the sewing, although that’s maybe how it started. Now you’re here for the baby pictures. You’re a bunch of Baby Junkies, am I right? Well here’s your fix for the day:

We’re back from Cancun, where I slathered SPF 70 lotion on myself and Elliot all last week and kept Clementine out of the sun completely. So we don’t look like we went to Mexico, but boy did we have fun. And wonderful, warm humid weather.

I had a crisis a couple weeks ago when I realized I really had no nice dressy things for dinners out (due to my post-partum body redistribution and slight weight gain…ack!), so I threw this dress together in a day or so. The cut is very simple, really just a couple of shaped rectangles. I pleated the waistband and then shirred it with elastic thread ala Heather Ross‘ Weekend Sewing shirring technique (BTW I just went to her blog to get the link, started reading, and oh my dear goodness is that woman ever funny. Do yourself a favor and subscribe if you haven’t already).

I was going for an empire waist, which is not quite what I got, but oh well. This is superduper comfortable, even if it isn’t high fashion. It’s about knee-length, which you can sort-of see in the picture below.

The fabric is from IKEA, which looked vaguely familiar; then I got home and looked at the Itty Bitty Dress Pool and realized that this baby dress is the same fabric. I have to say I love the orange and pink combination. And the pockets. The main drawback is that I can’t nurse in it without pulling the whole thing up. Gah.

All in all though am v. pleased with results and plan to make another one, slightly more fitted with a drawstring waist. And I need input here so what do you think: should the waist go up or down? It seems to be too high, or too low? I can’t decide…

Also just wanted to report I am making progress on this as well:

26 thoughts on “Am back from Mexico! Am missing coconut ice cream!

  1. It's very cute as is, but my instinct is to stay away from the empire waist. Being a short, *ahem* slightly rounder person I'm always afraid the empire waist makes me look pregnant. I love the look, just not on me.

    Glad you had a good time! That baby is adorable! She looks so much like her brother!

  2. I love the shape of the sleeves, that style could even go over long sleeves for cool weather.

    Your baby pics make wish mine were tiny again… πŸ™‚

  3. It's gorgeous and very flattering. I've just acquired the Heather Ross book and have been eyeing off one of the dresses which is not dissimilar to this… you're giving me courage to give it a go. I too have the old post-partum 'redistribution' to account for! But have just stopped breastfeeding at least, so that fashion issue has ceased, phew.

  4. Love the dress – great job! And gosh, every time I look at Clementine I can't help but get the "ohh's", she's just too cute! The quilt is also looking great!

    Did you see that Chris over at Pickup Some Creativity ( named her latest girl's purse pattern after Clementine because it was partly inspired by your gathered patch pocket tutorial? Just thought you'd like to know.

  5. You do have the cutest darn baby!

    That dress looks so comfy (and cute too, of course!). I think a lower waistline could be nice, too.

  6. Thanks for the baby fix – she is so cute. Yes, admitted baby junkie – will be first time grandma in six months!
    The dress is very cute.

  7. Glad you had a nice time! Did you make Clementine's dress? So cute! For your dress, I'm thinking maybe drop the waist a bit, but only if the top is more fitted, I think. Oh! I got my copy of 101 One-Yard Wonders and I love your nighty pattern! Now I just need to lose some weight so I can make one for myself!

  8. I'd move the waist down just a smidge, and not have the skirt joined to the top part at the waist on the front, I'd make the top longer at the front, make sure it was fully tucked in when wearing it, you shouldn't notice but you would then be able to breast feed by pulling it up YAY because no one wants to flash their knickers when feeding!! Hopefully you get what I mean πŸ™‚

  9. If you make another empire dress, I would have a thin drawstring under the bust. Love the sleeves on thee dress and the blanket is so cute! With two kids, I don't know how you do it!

  10. Your baby and your dress are both adorable. If I made one for myself (a dress, that is) I would move the waist down, but as I am also dealing with the postpartum pudgies, a lower waist would definitely highlight some not-so-flattering features. Sigh. You look lovely though! πŸ™‚

  11. What a cute dress! If I were making another one, I would move the waistline down a bit, to the natural waistline area. I have been playing around with a dress idea like this one (with elastic at the sides of the natural waist), but I haven't quite gotten it figured out. I am impressed that you whipped the one up so quickly!

  12. Thanks for the baby fix!!!! She is adorable! Glad you had a great trip! I can't believe you were still working πŸ˜‰

    My daughter has her backpack on her chair.

    The dress is fabulous! Very creative!


  13. cute, cute!! i like the waist – it looks to me like how i've seen dresses in magazines these days! but if you want to change it, i say go up to more of an empire (i think that's more flattering than lower on the true waist anyway, but that's me!). also i was thinking about the nursing thing – what if you slit the sleeves @ the top of the shoulders & made little ties to keep them together? i guess that would make it really springy/summerish, but then you could untie & nurse??!!!
    can't wait to see what you do with it!

  14. Guilty! She is so adorable and looking more like Mama every day. Amazing how fast they grow. Just the other day she was still a baby, now she is starting to become a little girl. I do love your sewing projects too, I promise! Love the dress! Glad you enjoyed Cancun. I went there last year and just hated it. It was so expensive and commercial. The only nice things was the beaches and our beaches in South Africa are so much nicer.

  15. i decided that today, i would not visit a blog without leaving a comment, so here i am. πŸ™‚

    i love babies. thanks for sharing pics of yours. πŸ™‚

    spf70????? i didn't know there was such a thing!

    and your dress is very cute. somebody said add a little drawstring under the bust – i like that idea. and for nursing – what i think someone else sort of said – how about attaching the skirt to the top at the back, but at the front just making the top longer and tucked in to the front of the "skirt" – then the drawstring would cinch the skirt a bit and hold it all together when you aren't nursing?

    happy sewing!

  16. Busted. I do not have a crafty bone in my entire body (unless you count birthing children), so I read for the family updates and the witty asides. But I do love to drool jealously over your creations as well.

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