Hi all! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Can you believe that we're already smack dab in the middle of the holiday season? I can't either. So much to do... and I'm not even bothering with decorating because we'll be out of town!! (Plus, with my luck, my daughter would finally figure out how to crawl the day I put up the tree... )
Anyway, speaking of holidays, I already made my baby girl a fun Christmas dress. More of a party dress than a church-y dress, and definitely adorable! It is the Snappy Toddler Top from the blog Pretty Prudent (previously Prudent Baby). The pattern is a free download (gotta love those free patterns!) and it was pretty easy to sew up.
For one thing, I learned how to attach snaps! Mostly easy but not foolproof. Make sure those buggers are lined up correctly before you pound them together! Otherwise they will be a pain in the you-know-what to get apart again, and you may even end up damaging your fabric. I had a couple close calls, but all worked out in the end. I will definitely be adding snaps to future projects, though. They give such a nice, finished look.
I made my own bias tape to use for the trim. Bias tape is my new favorite thing to make these days! It makes me feel so accomplished. I though it would be hard to do, but it is really not! I use the bias tape tutorial from MADE and it is seriously so easy!
Also, I made a bow to match the dress using the DIY Fabric Bow Tutorial from the blog Lula Louise. Very easy and turned out super cute and professional looking! I attached the bow to a piece of foldover elastic from JoAnn and it is good to go. Any recommendations for a good source of foldover elastic? JoAnn doesn't carry the colors I need and the elastic is a little too wide for my taste. Still cute, though.
I printed and sewed the pattern at 100% to make the 12-18 month size. It is a big snug on my 9 month old daughter, especially in the arm and chest area. She has been in the 90-95th percentile since birth, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but she is wearing 12 month clothing so I thought it would work. The beauty of a holiday dress, though, is that it doesn't have to last very long. I just need to be able to squeeze her into it for another three weeks (3 weeks, you guys... yikes!!).
I sewed up a second dress for my friend's baby who has a December birthday, so I was able to make a couple tweaks to my process that I would recommend if you decide to sew this pattern. Firstly, I scaled the size up a bit (hopefully enough so that it will fit properly!). Also, even though the pattern says to attach the snaps in the beginning, I would wait until the dress is completely sewed. It is super hard to sew cleanly around the collar piece when the snaps are in the way. Just keep in my my note above about attaching snaps! Finally, when gathering the front dress piece to tuck into the collar piece, gather another inch or two on each side of the marks on the pattern, otherwise it won't fit into the collar piece opening.
Oh yes, fabrics! I used Michael Miller Yule Critter in Aqua for the main piece and Michael Miller Ta Dot in Berry for the trim. Ordered from Etsy.
Hope your holiday preparations are going smoothly! (And no, I don't recommend letting your baby eat leaves!!)