I was browsing Instagram while Natalie was nursing yesterday before her nap and came across this photo of two lovely little baby dresses by Anna Maria Horner:
She also mentioned the magic words: FREE PATTERN. Woo!
I checked it out and it seemed simple enough. Here, you can check it out, too: Piece A Cake dress
As soon as Natalie went down for her nap I sprang into action. I grabbed some fabric that I thought would be perfect for a baby dress, printed off the pattern, and started cutting and sewing.
There are many things I can do very quickly. Knitting? Check. Catching a baby just before she reaches the cat food dishes? Check. Eating donuts? Check and check.
But sewing? Not so much. So you can imagine my surprise when, TWO HOURS LATER, I ended up with this.
AHHH I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE THE CUTE.
This is the most no-frills baby dress you can ever imagine. The front and back are identical (cut two on the fold) as are the sleeves (unless you’re going for some kind of asymmetrical look). The pattern calls for bias tape on the neckline and sleeves, but I honestly couldn’t be bothered. I just turned the neckline under about half an inch (didn’t even measure or pin!) to make a casing for the elastic and called it a day.
The pattern sizes range from 3 months to 12 months. Natalie is currently wearing 18- and 24-month clothing, so I was a little worried the 12-month size would be too tight. As you can see, this is definitely not a problem. The only size modification I made was to cut the elastic for the neckline about an inch longer than the pattern specified, just to make sure there was enough room for her above-average noggin.
Obviously since it’s a baby dress, I don’t need to worry about it getting too short. The magic of baby dresses is that they turn into baby tunic tops! Huzzah. I’m reasonably certain this will fit her all the way through the summer (someone remind me to check in about that later).
It’s certainly not a perfect dress but the pattern, and babies, are extremely forgiving. Definitely worth two hours! I see making more of these in my future, given how quickly it came together and how gosh-darn cute it is. Perhaps with contrasting sleeves? Or maybe I’ll be fancy and actually use bias tape?
I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE THE EXCITEMENT.