Before totally warm weather hits, we need to share this baby sweater dress we sewed for Baby Tina!
There was a little fabric left over from making the sweater in my Make 9 outfit #1, and I had a baby sweater dress on the brain! If there’s anything cuter than a baby girl in a sweater dress, I sure can’t think of what it might be!
We used the Janie Dress pattern. Again. It’s just that good! It’s comfortable, and we have the pattern cut out in Tina’s size already, so…
As we did on the robin’s egg blue dress, we used a vintage linen napkin for the collar. It adds such a sweet touch, and the little blue flower matches the sweater fabric perfectly.
I actually didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut out this Janie Dress. The circle skirt takes up quite a little space, but I still wanted to make it work. So I cut out the front and back bodice pieces not on a fold, and so they each have a seam down the middle. In the back this looks perfectly natural, but in the front I wanted to hide it.
After puzzling over a solution for some time, I decided to use the edges of the vintage napkin (so they were already hemmed!) and create a ruffle down the front of the dress. When you first looked at it, did you know that cute ruffle is really there to hide a seam?
You can just barely see the seam in the back of the bodice in this photo where her sisters were trying to teach Baby Tina to twirl. A vital skill every girl wearing a circle skirt should know, right?
A baby sweater dress could also probably be refashioned from a thrifted sweater too, don’t you think? I mean, something this cute deserves to be sewn at every possible chance, right?
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