An itty bitty baby dress

Remember these trousers, sewn during the Kids Clothes Week Challenge? Ed had me convinced our neighbours, Steve and Hinde, were having a boy.

Well, two weeks ago Roisin was born. She’s most certainly not a boy and she’s already showing a penchant for pink. It seemed like a perfect excuse to try out Rae’s free itty bitty baby dress pattern.

This dress is as impractical as it is adorable. It is designed for newborns up to eight pounds so it can only be worn for a brief moment in time, but since it’s quick to sew up and nearly as cute as a baby itself, I highly recommend it. This photo shows the size of the dress next to my seam ripper and rotary cutter. Could you die? It’s just so cute.

An added bonus is that it takes only the tiniest bit of fabric. You need a half metre/yard for the dress and even less for the lining. I used quilting weight cotton in the Triflora pattern in Lipstick from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi collection and lined it in some leftover cotton/silk blend that is so soft against your skin. Isn’t this fabric just perfect for a girl’s first party frock?

I actually underlined the skirt, which the pattern doesn’t call for but I wasn’t paying attention. Surprise. It was a good error because the dress looks nice and neat inside. I only pinked the waist seam but don’t think Roisin will notice – and the pinking should survive the wash.


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