This is one of my favorite gifts I’ve made, and probably my favorite baby dress design I’ve seen to be made from a pattern. I love the bows and polka fabric combo, and that the pieces can be worn together or separately.
Skill level: This sewing project would be best for intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: 4-6 hours depending on 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.
Sewing supplies you’ll need (below are some links to Amazon if you want things delivered to you, otherwise Joann’s will have everything you need):
1. The pattern – I used McCall’s pattern M4424 baby sewing pattern, and found it was easy to follow.
2. Fabric – As mentioned above, any 100% cotton fabric would be best. Wash and dry as instructed before starting out. See back of pattern for amounts you’ll need depending on the size and style you’re making.
3. 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.
4. Sewing machine – I used a serger to finish all exposed seams, but you only actually need a standard sewing machine to complete the project. See here for suggestions.
5. 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.
6. Needle – for hand sewing the buttons on. I bought this same set about 12 years ago and it’s still what I use every time. Just make sure and put your needles back after each project and you’ll never need to buy more.
7. Trims – Depending on which style you choose you’ll need a combo of buttons, elastic, binding or lace. See back of pattern for details.
The diaper covers have the elastic leg opening measurement called out to be based on the child’s leg size. Since I made this baby dress in advance of when the baby would actually fit in it, I used encased ribbon for the leg opening closure. I was worried about making the elastic too small and this way the ribbon can be cinched and tied as needed.
I used buttons I had on hand, and chose a contrast color to brighten up the outfit even more.
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