Cloud9 Maman and Nursery Basics make adorable baby dresses

It’s my humble opinion that Cloud9 can do no wrong, but I especially loooooooooove the Maman collection. In case you don’t know the story behind it, this collection is based on the illustrations of Anne-Marie Murphy, nee Anne-Marie Bossaert, who is Cloud9 co-owner Michelle Engel Bencsko’s grandmother. These designs are stunning and to make them even more incredible they are printed on Cloud9’s premium base cloth, so they are incredibly silky. They almost feel like voile, but with a touch of crispness. Plus of course they’re organic. Oh you lucky, lucky babies!

Maman plays nicely with Cloud9’s Nursery Basics collection, also printed on that heavenly premium basecloth. I wanted to show the endless mix-and-match possibilities between these two collections for tiny outfits, quilts, nursery decor, soft toys, etc., so I sewed up three of Made by Rae’s Itty Bitty Baby Dresses. Altogether there are 19 coordinating fabrics that all look great together. You can see these on our homepage!

Rae’s pattern (which is a free downloadable pdf) is for newborns so you only need three fat quarters and you’ll have plenty of scraps. That’s one for the skirt, one for the bodice and one for the lining/piping/bias trim. I sewed it once before but opted out of the trims – you can get away with that if you like and it’s much faster. Believe me, it will still be ridiculously cute! Although premium organic fabric is a bit pricier than most quilting cottons, this dress will still only ring in at £12.25 (for three FQs and a metre of piping cord) or £11.25 if you use a solid lining.

Dress #1 is made up in Chinoiserie with Gingham in Grass for lining and trim.

Dress #2 is Speckle in Shell with Speckle in Earth for lining and trim.

Dress #3 is Maman Motif in Bleu with Solid in Sky for the lining. Note that I lined the skirt on this one since the white fabric was a bit sheer. (Ignore that the top is cut sideways…)

Do you have a favourite?

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