Tag: baby dress

We’ve recently joined the Riley Blake Designs Project Design Team and this is the first project I made for their blog.

A few months ago we added a little dolly to our family! It has been fun to have a baby girl to dress up after the jeans of tees 2 boys. I fell in love with the colors of the Millie’s Closet line, with the very girly red with purses and the coordinating blue. It had something to make each of my kids happy!

Finding a baby dress pattern that was what I wanted was a lot harder than I had expected, even after sifting through my mom’s pattern collection. What I learned was there aren’t many dress pattern written for itty bitties, so my mom helped me piece together a few patterns.  Sew Much Ado’s infant peasant dress pattern was used as a starting point and a yoke was added to accommodate the top ruffle. I love this pattern and used it for her blessing dress in July, and might have made her another dress just last week with it too! I might have a problem.

The ruffle pieces were 2.5 inch strips, sewn, turned, ironed, stitched on the top and bottom and then a gathering stitch ran down the middle. It was gathered to just the right amount of ruffle and then sewn onto the dress. The top ruffle was sewn into the seams of the yoke.

And to finish it off, a fabric flower with a red button center was added and the non-elastic edges were top-stitched! I love these ruffle leggings (baby gift) under it!

My boys have been on a bowtie kick lately, so I let them each choose which fabric they wanted and used this tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home. The only adaptation from the pattern made was using interfacing, instead of fleece, to give them some stiffness without being bulky.

I love that my kids coordinate with handsome bowties and a cute little girly dress! And my boys love getting compliments on their bowties as they walk down the hall at church! And since I know you’re going to ask–the ruffle legging where a baby gift from my aunt. And I love them!

After two boys, I had pretty much convinced myself that we would only have boys. But in May we welcomed a little girl to our family! She is the most precious thing and is absolutely the world’s best baby. I’m not kidding about that, she really is!

In the LDS church infants are given a name and a blessing by a worthy Priesthood holder. I knew I wanted her dress to be special for the occasion, and spent a lot of time wondering what to do. Finally, I decided I would make it and that ruffle fabric would make the perfect dress. A quick search on Pinterest for “ruffled blessing dress” led me to this one from Sew Much Ado. It was perfect, simple and super cute. I used her ruffle diaper cover too!

Luckily, my mom was in town to help me with it–so it went together pretty fast with her on the serger and me on the sewing machine. I used smaller ruffles than Sew Much Ado and was very happy with how it turned out.

And while we’re talking about baby Grace, here’s her birth announcement I designed and printed on shimmer paper, front and back:


Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the grilled pizza dinner we had for friends and family after the blessing.