I’m from the Portland, OR area so it makes sense that I made this baby girl dress for a friend who is a huge Blazer’s fan. His daughter was two at the time and he asked if I could make something for her to wear during the games. It was very easy to make, and this idea could work for any sports team – professional or not.
Skill level: This sewing project would be good for beginning sewers.
Time commitment estimate: I’d say 2-3 hours, depending on skill level and experience.
To start: I would recommend cotton fabric for this project. Make sure all fabric is prewashed before you cut it so you eliminate any shrinking that might happen after it’s sewn and then washed.
1. Sewing machine – You’ll need a standard sewing machine to complete this project. See here for some suggestions on sewing machines for beginners.
2. Thread – The only thread I use is Gutermann. Other brands have the little lip that always gets caught when I’m sewing and it drives me crazy. This would be a good investment if you need various colors for future projects as well. Otherwise just get a spool that matches your fabric.
3. Scissors – Invest in a decent pair of scissors (not expensive, just decent) and then don’t let anyone else use them. I had a sewing instructor in school harp on that constantly – everyone puts pressure in different areas of the scissors and you don’t want your alignment to get messed up. Fiskars is my brand of choice, and this pair looks like a great place to start. Also, don’t use them for anything except fabric. They’ll get dull quicker and there is nothing worse than trying to cut fabric with dull scissors.
4. Ribbon – You’ll need ribbon for the shoulder ties. Double check the back of the dress pattern for length required based on the size you’re making.
5. Fabric – You’ll need the colors of the team you are representing. Double check the back of the dress pattern for quantities based on the size you’ll be making.
6. Felt – This is what I used to make the logo. I love using Rainbow Classic Felt because they’re made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles (!), and I rarely need pieces bigger than the 9″ x 12″ they come as. You can buy them by the piece at your local craft store, or order a bigger pack online to have on hand for future projects.
7. Dress Sewing Pattern – I used Simplicity pattern 2383 to make this little girl dress. I love that this style can be worn when it’s warm out, but can just as easily be worn with long sleeves and leggings for colder weather. The sizes included in the pattern below that I bought would work for baby girls through toddler girls.
To make the logo I just printed the Blazers logo at the dimensions I needed, cut it out, and used it as a pattern. I pinned the felt pieces every 1/2″ or so to make sure they didn’t move and then I sewed them all down. It went quicker than it sounds. If the logo of the team you want to make is too complicated, you could just make a basketball/baseball/football/soccer ball out of felt and use the team colors used in the dress and ribbons to represent who you’re rooting for.