I recently sewed up a darling little dress for a yet to be born baby. Presented in a reusable gift bag, this was my contribution for the baby shower.
What a difference natural light makes to photos. It's a little washed out, but the outside photo is truer to colour - showing off the beautiful Japanese cotton. The dress is reversible - the other side being Penny Lane, by Riley Blake.
Made to fit a size 1, the dress is sewn with the Eva Dress pattern by AngelLea Designs; available on MadeIt and Etsy as a PDF download. The pattern has a good range of sizes - 6 months to 6 years.
I was lucky enough to be able to choose the pattern as part of my winnings in a competition a couple of years ago.
The pattern is easy to tile and tape together, and includes both a pattern piece joining guide and a cutting layout. I couldn't see an option to just print the size you need, but that doesn't bother me as I prefer to print all sizes and then trace the size/s I'm sewing.
A chart with finished dress measurements is included. There's no body measurements chart, but there are instructions detailing how to take body measurements and choose the right size, as well as how to lengthen or shorten the pattern.
All necessary information is marked on the patterns pieces - grain line, fold, name of each pattern piece, name of pattern, pocket placement, etc.
Tying the shoulder knots was the hardest part of making the dress. I simply couldn't get the two knots to match. I'm sure the Mum of the soon to be born little girl will have no problems.
Measurements are given in both metric and imperial.
Much as I like them, I omitted the two shirred pockets included in the pattern. Other than that, I followed the pattern as is.
The Eva Dress really is a quick and easy make. It's a great pattern, and one I'm sure I'll make again.
I popped the dress inside a little tote bag, made using my Little Shopper Tote tutorial. As the dress is made for a one year old, she'll be able to use her matching bag for carrying toys to her Nana's, when out shopping with her Mum and Dad, or for trips to the Library.
Sewing for babies is such fun! Here's a few baby items I've made in the past...
- Baby and Toddler Harem Pants
- Baby Wash Cloths
- Skirt / Singlet / Bag Set
- Ruffled Nappy Cover
- Choo Choo Baby Pants
- Wash Cloths in a Fabric Basket
- Flannelette Wash Cloths
- Burp Cloths
What's your go to gift for babies?