I'm currently at the age where most of my friends are getting married and having, or about to have, babies. Whilst evading these rites of passage myself for the time being, this new period does seem to be providing a test of my sewing flexibility. Can I make wedding appropriate atire? Yep. Can I make little peoples' clothing? Yep, again! Phew.
I made this little dress over the course of a week and a half for my friend who is due to give birth in three weeks, and finished it just in time for her baby shower yesterday. It's the first baby or child garment I've ever made from scratch and I thoroughly enjoyed the process (after the initial 'what, this sewing project isn't for me?' phase that I have to go through!).
It was made from fabric that the parents-to-be bought back from their honeymoon in Africa. I used this vintage pattern pictured above that I found in a flea market recently, which was published in 1975. I made view 3 with the frilly sleeves, but would love to make the other versions in different fabrics. Unfortunately, the pattern was for size 1 year, so we'll have to wait a while to get a modelled shot. That said, I did put it on the bizarre child's mannequin (which is sized for 3-4 year olds) that hangs around at work to get a bit of an idea what it'll look like when 3D (see below).
There is something so adorable about little things isn't there?! Plus something this small was surprisingly quick to make. Now I've got the construction process down, I think I could whip one of these up in 2.5 hours including cutting (there's a bit of hand-sewing involved). Next task: boy-baby or unisex appropriate garments, possibly using stretch fabric. Fear not Umi, Emma, Anna etc., Auntie Zo is getting her sew-on!