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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Baby Lace Dress:.

I originally shared this tutorial for my baby lace dress over on Me Sew Crazy.

When Jessica asked me to be a part of her ReSEWlution series, I figured that was a great time to get out of my new baby fog, and start getting busy with Veronica again. One of my ReSEWlutions for my sewing habit this year is to try new things; whether it be ideas I've got pinned on Pinterest, or sewing techniques that are new or scary to me, I just want to expand my abilities.

I pinned this dress before my baby was born, and was finally able to do my take on it. Don't you love the lace trend right now?

Pinned Image

My take:

So let's get started! You're going to need:

- coordinating fabrics (I did three)
- matching lace (found with the decorative edge at Joann's)
- sewing machine/accessories

(Please excuse my flashy pictures. My camera {or maybe the operator} were really struggling the day I made this dress!)

I started off with the bodice part of the dress. I have this pattern, which starts at six month size. I just used the measurements to figure out what a 0-3 month size would be. I cut it out, using the fold (I always use the fold if I can!) and cut out armholes. You can eye ball this, or use pieces from another pattern you own.

Next, you need to cut out your three (or however many you've decided) layers that will go under the dress. You can measure your little lady from the chest area to where you want the dress to fall. I wanted it long. Then each layer decreased by two inches. For the width, a good rule of gathering is to do at least 1.5 times the width of what you are attaching it to. That's what I did here (although I wish I had done more - double would have been better!)

You'll also need to cut your lace so that it will fall a little bit above your top layer's hemline.

Here's all of my cut pieces before I started any sewing.

Let's do some hemming, shall we? You can do your choice of hemming on your three main pieces. I am lazy and hate ironing things over, so I just zig zag the edge and then hem it up. Here's how the layers all fall with their lovely hems.

Then you need to hem in your arm holes, as well as the top of your bodice. I wanted to do pillowcase style for the bodice, so I made a casing at the top to thread ribbon through.

Now it's time to pin your three main pieces together with your lace piece. Stitch a gathering stitch along the edge, through all four layers.

Gathering time! Lay out your four layers flat. You can easily find the middle because that is where your fold or hem is. Take your bodice and pin it in the middle with right sides facing together.

Now you can easily and evenly gather each side to the bodice. Pin in place.

Sew the bodice and body together, zig zag the edges, turn out and top stitch.

Pin the two sides of your dress, right sides together, and sew up the seam. Zig zag the edges.

Turn the dress out and thread your ribbon through the top.

All done!

Like I said above, I wish I had gone more wide on the body of my dress so that it would have gathered more and not had such a straight look. Now I know for next time! (And I just may have another stack of fabric and lace waiting to be made into a dress. See, professional fabric shopper.)

Doesn't little Miss H look adorable in her new dress?

Cute baby, right?


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  1. SO cute, Summer! I just saw your tweet and had to come over to see your sweet baby! :) She is a doll! The dress is great too!

  2. Turned out great! I love fancy dresses on babies. :)

  3. I love it! I have just the lace in my stash, and am going to be pinning this for when my Newbie can walk

  4. this turned out great! I hope you'll add it to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  5. She is just too cute! Thanks for sharing!

  6. You are SO talented Summer!! The colors are amazing, and I love the lace! What a sweet baby girl you have!

  7. L.O.V.E!!! This is darling! I'm crazy about lace right now. I love unexpected fabrics and textures!

    Check out my onesie makeovers with lace. Perfect for the poop stained ones!


  8. Oh my gosh, this dress is precious! LOVE all the fabric choices, just perfect. Wish I could sew...thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow Summer, you're such an inspiration, great fabric choices! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you again!

  10. This dress is awesome! I love it!! You did such a great job and it looks darling on such a cute baby!!


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