Monday, March 15, 2010

Polka Dot Baby, in Progress

Sewing for babies--especially not-yet-born ones like mine!--is SO relaxing. It requires very little fabric (great for scraps!) and all the pattern pieces fit easily on the smallest of rotary cutting mats. Best of all, there are NO FITTING ISSUES. Anything I make now, she'll be able to wear at some point! She gives me a good kick every few minutes just to say hello, but is otherwise very relaxed.

So lately when I get frustrated with an adult-sized project and find myself cursing over 6" FBAs and 22" tummy adjustments I take a break and make something tiny.

I was hoping to share some photos today of the three almost-complete little dresses/outfits I've been making for Cartoonist Baby, but my mother's sewing machine was feeling cranky last night. For now I can show you the flats and fabric.

Simplicity 3765 flats

The pattern is Simplicity 3765, and it's remarkably similar to my just-completed maternity dress--it has a tie belt, contrast front bands, and gathered skirt. But hopefully my color choices keep it out of "Mommy and Me" territory! I'm making view A (the dress) and B and C (the tunic/pants combo).

Dress no. 1 will be turquoise polka dot with self-fabric belt/bands:

Turquoise and brown polka dot quilting cotton

Dress no. 2 will be in this Jonathan-Adler-esque turquoise and brown cotton. Turns out it's hopelessly offgrain, but I'm hoping the brown contrast bands and belt will help downplay that:

Turquoise and brown modern print quilting cotton

No. 3 isn't a dress, but a tunic/pants combo--a shorter version of the dress. The top will be this green floral, with purple contrast, and the pants are just plain purple:

Pistachio green floral quilting cottonPurple quilting cotton

And yes, I do obsessively keep track of nearly every tiny piece of fabric in my stash in Flickr. When I switched my focus back from knitting to sewing I found I missed Ravelry's stash display function, so I've got them organized by cool wovens, warm wovens, cool knits and warm knits. Sometimes I play them as guilt-inducing slideshows. I'll probably do a separate post about this later this week!


  1. Hi!
    I just came over from some other sewing blog (please don't ask who, I'm blog hopping all over today). I wanted to say hello before I started to lurk. I'm at 14 weeks with my little one and am hoping to get to make some girly clothes this time around (my other spawn are both boys.) I love making things with little bits of fabric, so really hope for a chances at dresses and bloomers with ruffles.

  2. I love making little girly clothes too, but just to warn you that the Big 4 sewing patterns always seem to run really really large! I made a McCalls dress that was supposedly for a 6 month old,and it's fits my now 14 month generously. Once your little one is here you'll be able to do measurements, but for now check your pattern against some baby clothes you already have. I love your colour selections by the way, so fun!

  3. Kristy, I suspect you are correct--the dresses are half-done, and I made the 12-month size since I got so many smaller clothes at my baby shower... but wow, they look BIG! Next time I'll compare the measurements to the RTW baby clothes.


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