I must have gone soft in my old age! As soon as I saw this dress pattern in February’s Sew Magazine, I knew I would make it. Just needed to find a baby! As luck would have it, my eldest daughter’s friend just had her second baby, a little girl called Hope. I was so excited and made a beeline for AK Textiles in Ealing who have fabrics on sale as they are so sadly closing down. I bought 3 metres of baby pink and 3 of blue linen, even though I only needed about half a meter! Its so soft and drapy and old-fashioned. I love it! I made the bias trim too from some little rose-print poly cotton I picked up locally from a shop in the Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush.
This project was a first not just in making a baby dress but for making the bias trim and incorporating french seams. I’ve always been a bit lazy to employ these but I love how neat they are and will certainly be adding them to future garments.
I changed quite a few things from the original which incidentally was embellished much like a Christmas tree! The instructions called for a zip which I thought went against the grain of a soft baby dress, so I used poppers instead. Much easier than buttons, I thought, to get off in a hurry when you’ve got a nappy crisis! I also enclosed the raw edges of the yoke inside. Much neater.
I need more practice with getting gathers even on a ruffle. In fact I’m very tempted to make more of this dress to practice. Maybe my graphic designer’s eye is too self-critical and maybe I need to look at other flounces to check their even-distribution before I beat myself up too much! Just look at the texture of the linen. Is it just me who gets that warm fuzzy feeling?!
I so wanted to keep this dress simple but I couldn’t resist adding a bias bow to finish it off.
Well, I’m off the wrap it and put it in the post. I do very much hope Hope likes it!! (sorry!)