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PurpleHeather
« on: July 03, 2005 12:40:45 PM »

Having seen the skirt I made using RickRackRuby's tute, my sister asked if I could make one for her 9 month old daughter.  We decided to make it into a dress, as the waistband would be a ridiculous height on a baby!

http://photos16.flickr.com/23297890_b8c223fb7e_m.jpg

I've just got a digital camera, so I decided to make a tute as I went a long.  I used stretch cotton (tshirt print) material for it, and it used just over half a metre.  I did it all on my overlocker, but I think it'd be fine on a regular machine on stretch stitch.  I'd just not brought my machine to my parents house.

Step 1:
Measure your baby.
http://photos18.flickr.com/23292243_074cd9b616_m.jpg
Take the following measurements:
A Chest (under arms)
B Waist (Probably the same as chest)
C Body length, from Collarbone to B
D Skirt length, from waist to past knees
E Strap length, from A to A(back) over shoulder

Step 2:
Choose your fabric
http://photos16.flickr.com/23292242_9fe75d62a3_m.jpg

Step 3:
Cut out the following pieces:
http://photos19.flickr.com/23292244_37f92f9556_m.jpg
Skirt: 1 large square, both sides being twice measurement D
Straps: 2 long thin rectangles measurement E plus a bit extra for attaching, by 2 cm (3/4 of an inch) wide
Top: 2 wider rectangles, half of A/B measurement, by C measurement plus

Step 4:
Shape the arm holes.  I did this by holding it up against my niece, and chalking where her underarms were, and the point far enough in across the top.
http://photos19.flickr.com/23289149_a667c984fa_m.jpg

Step 5:
Pin the sides of the top together:
http://photos16.flickr.com/23289150_672264542a_m.jpg

Step 6:
Overlock the sides of the top together
http://photos17.flickr.com/23289151_64b9ac00c7_m.jpg

Step 7:
Measure the width of your top.  Find the central point of your square and cut a slit going straight across the fabric with the width of the slit being equal to the width of the top - 2.5 centimetre (1 inch).  My top was 27.5 centimetres, so I cut my slit 25 centimetres.
http://photos16.flickr.com/23293289_cbd4c6cd79_m.jpg

Step 8:
Using pins, mark the centre, 1/4 & 3/4 points on both sides of the slit, and on the skirt.
http://photos5.flickr.com/23293290_8048698d95_m.jpg

Step 9:
Put the top inside the slit, with right sides facing each other, so that the top is upside down.  You can either have it so that the side seams match up wit the corners, creating quite a square looking skirt, or so that they match with the middle, meaning it has a pleated effect in the middle of each side.  Pin both layers together all the way around, using about 3 pins to secure the fabric around the corners of the slit.
http://photos5.flickr.com/23293291_e6aef891a8_m.jpg

Step 10:
Overlock all the way around the join on the inside
http://photos18.flickr.com/23293292_efb285cc20_m.jpg

Step 11:
Either seam or neatly trim the edges.  Since I'd not brought my regular machine, I decided to cut all mine with my rotary pinker.
http://photos18.flickr.com/23293293_83f86bab8e_m.jpg

Step 12:
With the help of a willing volunteer, put the dress on the baby and mark where the straps need to go.  Because my niece is fidgety, I just used pins to mark the positioning on the top, and then another pin on each strap to mark the length to be used.  I handsewed my straps on:
http://photos18.flickr.com/23293294_6688e22ed5_m.jpg

Step 13:
Finished!  Put it on the happy baby, and watch her dribble apricot rusks down it.

Hope you enjoyed reading - any feedback would be great!
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2005 03:33:48 PM »

Perfect! Thanks for the tutorial, I have little kids too! 

Your niece is so darling!
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2005 07:02:56 PM »

My girls would love that ! thanks for takign time to make a tutorial! kathy
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2005 02:19:30 PM »

That is adorable! As is your niece!

Step 1:Measure your baby

Not sure why, but that made me laugh out loud- as well as the  picture of your niece "picking her fabric."

The dress turned out great! Kudos!
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2005 02:38:42 PM »

OOHhhh ! I love =) Great job  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2005 03:49:26 PM »

AHH CUTE BABY! She's amazing. I want to be her when I grow up.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2005 11:28:19 AM »

cute dress
and FUN tutorial! haha
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2005 11:31:21 AM »

that baby has got some great facial expressions...cool dress!
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2005 09:22:03 AM »

*grins*  Thank you - Chloe loves measuring tapes, she'll sit and play with them for hours.  As for fabrics, we went with the one she played with the most!  She is a really cute, Happy baby - when she started teething we didn't know till her first tooth came through.
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2006 12:02:26 AM »

hahahaha. i love the tutorial, sounds and looks like you had a lot of fun!

cute dress....and neice!
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2006 09:16:45 AM »

Hey Lol-lol - thanks Cheesy  It was great Cheesy  I think I may need to make her another one this summer - she will be nearly two this year!

She is lovely - still happy and barmy Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2006 02:22:27 AM »

You Darling! I love it. I had been looking for a pattern for a sundress this style for my cherub without success until now. Thank you soooo much.
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2006 02:39:49 AM »

this is awesome. i'm going to make this for my god-daughter
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2006 09:25:02 AM »

gawd that fabric is nifty!

i want it

where'd you get it Smiley

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my relatives need to pop out some children

so i can make these for them!
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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2008 01:49:27 PM »

Superminx - thanks - did you end up making one in the end?

Beatniktoille - the fabric came from a fabric shop in Manchester called Abakhan; they have a big bin of stretch tshirt material Cheesy

(Sorry it took me so long to reply!)
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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2008 10:26:24 AM »

Oh my word I know it's years later but thats my baby (as a baby!) (purple heather is my sister) how she's changed - she's still quirky though (she's the lil one in my avatar with the police mans hat on) awww all happy and rambling!
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2008 06:08:00 PM »

Thank you!  Great tut!
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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2008 01:12:39 PM »

She certainly is great Cheesy  I think I may make her and her little sister some dresses this summer again if I can get some more fabric.

Guinavere - thanks Cheesy  Do post pics if you make one.
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