One thing we want to highlight in the course of our Handmade Baby series is how easy it is to refashion for a baby! You can use larger garments as (pre-sewn) fabric, and still take advantage of some of their existing elements. Today’s post is a perfect example of refashioning clothes for a baby.
Mr. Skirt Fixation cleaned out his closet of button up shirts again, and this time our new baby was the beneficiary! Men’s button up shirts usually good quality. This shirt was made from seersucker fabric, perfect to refashion into a baby girl dress for summer.
We used the Brooklyn Pattern Co. Franklin Dress pattern. Last time we sewed this we made it into a top for Annie. Since this pattern starts at size 6 months, it was a perfect choice. The elements of the men’s button up shirt that we took advantage of for this refashion were the back hem (notice how it’s scooped?) Also, we kept the sleeve hems and just added elastic to them. Of course, we took advantage of the button placket, and extended it all the way down the front of the dress. And we just had to keep the pocket from the front of the shirt on the skirt of the dress.
No hemming was required on the back of the dress and the sleeves, plus we didn’t have to make the button plackets. This made refashioning clothes for a baby faster and easier than if we had not used Daddy’s button up shirt!
And then we couldn’t help ourselves…we had to make a second dress using this pattern! The pin tucks and addition of piping are so darling in the tiniest sizes!
We made only one change to the (not refashioned) dress. We shortened the sleeves to just above the elbow length. I guess adding piping to the yoke bottom isn’t written into the pattern, but it’s hardly a change…just an addition!
We used Art Gallery Forest Floor Clover Grove Whisper Fabric for this dress and a matching diaper cover. (The diaper cover goes well with both dresses.)
The diaper cover pattern is free from Made Everyday.
Look how darling this dress is with other items made from the Forest Floor Fabrics line. You might have noticed we had JUST enough material left from the men’s button up shirt to make a contrasting yoke inside this second dress!
Baby is getting super wiggly for her big sister to hold sometimes! Nevertheless, we managed to grab a few modeled shots of the dress on Baby.
Leave us a comment…what is your favorite thing to refashion for a baby?