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« on: May 07, 2007 12:11:39 PM »

But I need to start with something easy and learn lol. I have been trying to find some free baby clothes patterns but I can't. I want to make some cute dresses for my girl. Can anyone help?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2007 01:01:55 PM »

I have an old book which I got 2nd-hand off ebay which I think is just the thing.  Hang on.... http://cgi.ebay.com/Little-Clothes-for-Little-People-Home-Made-Clothes-f_W0QQitemZ200087299358QQihZ010QQcategoryZ378QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

You may be able to get it cheaper elsewhere, though it's a UK book so easier to get over here than in the US.  It works on the principle that you reproduce the pattern from the book onto squared tracing paper, though the really simple ones you can more or less do freehand by measuring various bits.

The nice thing about it - no zips, no buttonholes, no tricky bits at all.  It doesn't have much about basic techniques (eg seam finishing) but if you can do very basic sewing, all the patterns in there are very quick and easy with no fiddly bits.  There are slightly different designs for different age groups, but it goes from tiny babies to about 7 years old I think. 

« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2007 01:06:10 PM »

Try pillow case dresses. I can't find the link, but I'm sure you can find it with a search. There's a gal with a blog that gives great instructions and the outcome is super cute.

I'll try to find it again...
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2007 01:10:11 PM »

Here we go: http://rowena.typepad.com/photos/pillocase_dresses/index.html
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2007 10:11:30 AM »

Thank you Ladies
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2008 11:38:44 AM »

The way I started was I took a look at Kidlet's nightgowns. Usually they are VERY simple to sew. (at the time, she was a toddler's size 2)

I traced out a pattern on newspaper mimicking the shape of the nightgown. Took me about 5 mins.

Sewed it up quickly to see if the size fit.

This, of course, ended up being too small. The nightgown was stretchy and the dress fabric was not. SO I drafted a 2nd pattern.

Seemed to fit when I sewed it up quickly, so I went back and took my time sewing it together.

Moral of the story, start out with jammies! They are forgiving, kids always seem to need them, and they mark them up in stores.

Also, if u goof or it isnt quite right, baby is just going to wear it to bed, so no worries!
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