Sewing for a new bub

I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. One of the things I was most excited about was all of the fun things that I could sew for her, after all, as a child all of my favourite dresses & outfits were things that my Mum had made for me.

I also have a number of fabric scraps that I’d been saving over the years from past projects or from various family members collections that are really only big enough to make something for a baby or small child.

These are the first two things I made for the new bub.

The purple dress was made using a small scrap of corduroy I had from my husband’s grandmother’s fabric collection. I used Simplicity 1205 as a basis for this dress, however it was a pretty small scrap of fabric & I actually didn’t have enough to make the dress per the pattern, so I reduced the amount of gathers in the skirt, thereby reducing the width of the pattern piece. This ended up being a good move because the pattern recommends thinner fabrics than corduroy & I think it would have been too bulky gathering that much corduroy. I also combined the chest band with the upper shoulder portion rather than adding a decorative chest band. I added the trim around the sleeves for an extra bit of fun.

The grey dress was made using a quilted jersey I found at Joanns. I used Simplicity 8346 to make this dress & for once in my life made zero alterations to the pattern. I simply fell in love with this pattern when I first saw it – isn’t it just the sweetest little dress?! This was a lovely pattern to make – it was relatively simple & came together very nicely in a single afternoon. II wanted to make something a little more casual than what was pictured on the envelope, so the quilted jersey was the perfect fit!

Next on my list is to make McCalls M4424 in a navy corduroy.